Fall is here and as the ultra-hot weather is fading away to make it much nicer to head outdoors when you want to get some exercise. Take advantage of this great weather to enjoy the fresh air and sunlight before it gets too cold to want to be out there for long.
It’s all well and good to go to the gym, but when you can take your workouts outside, it’s a lot of fun to do so. It can come with many benefits, too.
1. Walking – Yes, it sounds simple, but it doesn’t take any equipment other than a good pair of shoes and pretty much anyone can do it. Before you tell yourself it’s too easy or won’t give you the results you want, think again. A great brisk walk for a half hour will plow through calories and fats and will definitely get your heart going. The key is not to stroll. Pick up the pace! You want to make sure you’re walking briskly enough that by the end of it, you’re not able to speak comfortably. Your breathing and heart rate should be too high for that. Walking will give you the chance to see your neighbors, get to know all the little streets in your neighborhood and check out what’s going on in your area. When you walk on a regular basis, you’ll be surprised at how your perspective changes about the place you call home.
2. Hiking – If you want a more “natural” experience, head off the sidewalks and onto the trails for a hike through some hills, trees or other natural terrain. If you can find a place that will allow you to walk near water, such as on the shore of a lake or an ocean, or even along the edge of a river, all the better. Studies have shown that hiking in nature – particularly when there’s water nearby – has measurable benefits on both our mental and physical health. Breathe the air and step away from civilization for a little while. It will do you more good than you realize.
3. Yoga – Take your mat and head outside. You can do yoga virtually anywhere. Your front porch, your balcony, your backyard or even a nearby park. You can choose to do your routine on your own or sign up for an outdoor class being held not far from where you live or work. Doing yoga outside takes the benefits and enjoyment to a whole new level.