Outdoor Workouts for Summer
Hiking is a great way to stay healthy and get outdoors. It can be strenuous or leisurely and is a great way to prevent osteoporosis. Taking a hike on a sunny day will give you a nice dose of Vitamin D. Hiking also proves to have psychological benefits; taking a long hike through the woods can quiet your mind and become therapeutic.
Although Tennis may take some practice to perfect, it is a great source of exercise. According to some studies on caloric expenditures, tennis burns more calories than aerobics & cycling. Not only does tennis help improve overall physical fitness, it can also improve mental fitness as well. Read more HERE from the USTA on why tennis is the perfect sport to pick up.
Get off the treadmill and hit the trails. Summer is the perfect time to take your workout outdoors. Trail running is the perfect alternative to a treadmill; since the ground is usually softer on a trail than pavement, your run will feel a little easier on your ankles, shins and knees. For your next run, find a quiet trail and tune everything out; immerse yourself in nature and find your inner zen.
Walking the Dog
Dogs are man (or woman’s) best friend, right? Get outdoors and make your dog your walking buddy! Research shows dogs are natures perfect trainer; loyal, hardworking, energetic and enthusiastic. Establish a daily schedule with your dog – you can even include other members of your family and make it something you do all together. Research has shown families who have dogs decrease their risk for living an obese life by 25% and also childhood obesity by half.
Hop on the biking bandwagon this summer – every time you turn around, there is a new bike lane popping up. Although it’s a great way to save on gas, it’s also a great way to burn fat and boost energy. Biking is said to increase energy levels by 20% and decrease fatigue by 65%.