After being cooped up inside for much of the winter, you’re probably longing to spend some time outside again. The last thing you probably want to do is go inside yet again for your workout. No worries! There are plenty of effective and fun exercise options that let you bring your workout outside. Outdoor exercise can be a breath of fresh air (quite literally!) and can get you excited about fitness again. Read on for some fitness tips for exercising under the sun.
Running or jogging is a great way to lose weight, benefits your heart and lungs, and really gets those endorphins going. Running can even help lower your risk of getting breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
The key to your running or jogging regimen is to start slowly. You can increase how fast or long you run a little each week. This helps to ensure you don’t develop any joint or muscle problems, especially in your knees. Now all you need is a good pair of running shoes and a scenic beach to run on.
If you love yoga, you’ve probably practiced in a studio. When the weather warms, why not take your yoga practice outside? Many people have noticed that enjoying the outdoors enhances their yoga experience. Instead of looking at walls, you’re experiencing a variety of sights, sounds, and smells. This activates different parts of the brain, which improves your workout.
A fitness tip for outdoor yoga: be careful on soft surfaces. Because your wrists tend to sink when on a soft surface as opposed to a hard studio floor, it’s best to avoid poses that put stress on your wrists, such as down dog. Instead, pick something like mountain pose and other balancing options.
Hiking can be the workout that doesn’t feel like a workout at all as you commune with nature, enjoy the occasional waterfall, take in a breathtaking view, listen to the birds, or just admire all the lovely foliage. With hiking, you get all that beauty and a fantastic cardio, leg, and butt workout to boot.
If you want a successful hike, be prepared before you go. You should know how long the hike will be, whether it’s right for your level, and what you should bring with you, such as a first-aid kit or granola bars. Once you know all that, get some good hiking boots and a backpack for supplies and enjoy your trek.
Besides giving you a wonderful cardio workout, bicycling outdoors lets you appreciate the scenery and your surroundings in a more intimate way than what’s possible when you drive. Bike trails are always great, but if you don’t live near one, try cycling around your neighborhood or to a nearby park. Maybe you can even bike to work!
One of the best cycling fitness tips is to get a bike that suits the type of riding you will do, such as a road bike, a hybrid, or a cruiser, and make sure the bike fits your body so you don’t put stress on your knees.
No matter how much or what type of outdoor exercise you do, you still might have some stubborn areas that keep you from getting your desired beach body. If that’s the case, it might be time to try SculpSure®, a nonsurgical laser treatment for body contouring. SculpSure® works on your belly, thighs, back, love handles, and double chin. You can achieve desired results with little to no downtime, and each treatment lasts just 25 minutes.
When you look great, you feel great. And when you feel great, you’re more in the mood to exercise. Now that the weather is warm, you’re probably hearing the call to come out and enjoy the day. You’ll enjoy your surroundings even more with your newly toned body.