If the weather is good outside, the chances of you being motivated to exercise are higher. As you enjoy the sights and smells in your surroundings, you might find yourself going an extra mile just to enjoy more of the clean air.
There are a variety of exercises you can enjoy outdoors which can be both fun as well as serve as forms of intense workouts. They are effective too because according to experts, you are likely to continue with any activity in the long term if you enjoy it.
This is the number one outdoor activity to keep you in shape. The best thing about walking is its simplicity; you don’t need any equipment to begin, just a good pair of athletic or just comfortable shoes. Walking for 30 minutes daily can ward off chronic disease. However, if you are trying to lose weight, up that time to about 60-90 minutes daily.
You can break down the sessions into short sessions of ten minutes each if you don’t have time to do it all at the same time.
Jogging can increase your rate of burning calories as compared to walking if you are trying to lose weight. Generally, jogging is good for your heart and lungs. The key to success in jogging is to make sure that you do not increase speed and time by more than 10% each week, because too much too soon may cause injury to muscles and joints. Get a good pair of running shoes to enjoy this exercise
Swimming is easy on the joints due to the weightlessness of the water, and tones arms and legs. It relieves stress and helps ward off diabetes and high blood pressure. You need a swimsuit and goggles for this exercise.
When it’s cold and dark outside, and all you want to do is curl up in bed and getting out exercising is the last thing on your mind. However, even winter has its own unique delights in form of exercise that no other weather can match. You only need to make sure you are bundled up in layers, being careful to cover your head and hands and you have a thermos with a hot beverage to warm you up, and you are good to go. Here are a number of activities to keep you fit during winter.
Ice skating is your ticket to fun and good health during winter. Look for an arena which is free and have fun either alone or with friends and family. Remember to wear a helmet to stay safe and avoid injuries. You can set your own pace by gliding in an outer lane or a faster pace in an inner lane.
There are few experiences quite as exhilarating as running around on freshly fallen snow. Get a good pair of water resistant trainers and bundle up to keep the cold out. Run, jump and jog in the snow. The extra effort you put into staying on your feet will help you burn more calories.
Hiking in the snow
Whether you hike on foot, on snowshoes or on skies, hiking in the snow is an experience that you don’t want to miss out. Depending on the terrain and your speed, this can be quite the workout. The fun is in the extra effort you use to walk in the snow. Add to the fun by hiking with friends or family. Once again, remember to dress as warm as possible; the purpose of getting out in the first place is to stay fit and healthy, not to get sick from exposure to the elements!