Spring into Spring: Six Ways to Bring Your Workout Outside

Posted May 4, 2011 | Posted in Fitness & Nutrition

spring-runningSpring is here, and after the cold winter we’re ready to get outside. As the temperatures warm up there are opportunities to bring your workout outdoors. Clean, fresh air does wonders for your well-being, so get outside and get your daily dose of Vitamin D (but don’t forget your sunscreen)!

 

Here are a few ideas for bringing your workout outdoors:

  1. Walking: It may sound basic, but walking is easy on the joints and one of the most enjoyable ways to take in the springtime scenery. Walking for 30 minutes, 5 days a week, at a brisk pace will help ward off heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. It’s great for those with a busy schedule because you can easily incorporate walking into your daily routine.
  2. Running: Jogging is terrific for your heart and lungs and is good for weight loss because you’ll burn calories more quickly than walking. Make sure you increase your pace and the length of your runs gradually to build stamina. Be sure to outfit yourself with a good pair of running shoes that will support your joints. For those with a competitive edge or who want to support a good cause, races are a great way to exercise within a larger community.
  3. Cycling: Biking is a fun way to bring a cardiovascular routine into your day, and it’s great way to explore your community. It can even cut down on your transportation costs if you ditch the car for your daily commutes.
  4. Gardening: It might not be as intense as other workouts, but as you bend, twist, pull, and haul plants, you muscles are constantly at work. According to the American Council on Exercise, gardening burns an average of 300 calories per hour and is an effective form of strength-training. So get out there and plant those hydrangeas!
  5. Water Sports: Want to tone your upper body to be the envy of your friends? If you have access to a pool or a lake, activities like swimming and kayaking are fun way to enliven your workout routine. Swimming is easy on the joints and is a wonderful cardiovascular conditioner that also helps tone the arms and legs, while kayaking is great for upper-body muscles and core strengthening.
  6. Team Sports: Impromptu games or amateur leagues are a great way to connect with others while playing a sport you enjoy. The HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center of Johnston Health has outdoor basketball courts where you and your friends can play.

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