Warmer weather is finally on the horizon, and it’s time to spend hours outside! Springtime is also a great time to take your regular gym or indoor workout outdoors. Studies have shown that people who exercise outside spend more time outside than they would in a gym. Outdoor workouts also help reduce stress hormones and help increase endorphins which make you happier! Here are just a few ways to move your workout outside.
While the treadmill is great for a rainy day, studies have found that people who walk or run outside on a track, path or road not only enjoyed their workout but moved faster and thought their workout was less strenuous. Running outdoors will also help increase your lung capacity! The next time you lace up your running shoes, head out the front door and down the street to change your workout!
Bike Around Town
Depending on where you live it might be possible to bike around town. Switching to a bike for your commute is a great way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine while helping to save the environment! If there is a large bike culture in your area, there might be additional bike paths and places to ride for enjoyment.
Outdoor Fitness Classes
For those that enjoy guided workouts, attend a fitness class outside! While this might be easier to do in larger cities, contact your gym or local rec center to see if they offer any outdoor fitness classes. It’s not uncommon for public parks to also organize these classes once the weather gets nice. You can also gather a group of friends and start your own outdoor group fitness classes if your local park, gym or rec center doesn’t offer anything.
Head to the Beach
While this isn’t an option for everyone, running on the beach takes 1.6 times more energy than running on a hard surface. If you are near a beach, swimming, participating in water sports or joining a beach volleyball game are the perfect activities to participate in for a cardio workout. A beach is also a perfect place for jogging, long jumps, crunches, and pushups!