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Great Exercise Alternative – Take it Outdoors!

Posted by Erin B.

Whether you ride a bicycle, jog or even walk, moving your routine from inside to out can breathe new life into any workout. With all the time spent indoors working and commuting, it may be physically and mentally healthy to take advantage of your neighborhood and explore (don’t forget sun block and a hat, though!). Here are some tips to maximize your time spent outdoors: 1. Make sure you warm up and cool down – this will keep muscles from cramping or becoming stiff. 2. Purchase a pedometer. This may help you track the steps you take, and calories burned. 3. Hop in the car and track the mileage of the area you wish to exercise in. This way, you know if you are getting in those 3 miles of running or biking. 4. If you live in a hilly area – maximize the terrain. Utilizing the hills in your workout will increase your results. Some notes on safety: a. Exercise during the daytime (or wear noticeable clothing during dusk), and stay alert to other persons, animals, and automotives (this can be tricky, with iPods and cell phones). b. Also, pay attention to your surroundings – there are a lot more obstacles out in the open than there are on a treadmill. Rocks, uneven concrete or even unruly plants can cause a person to lose their footing and end up with an injury. c. Also, make sure you are familiar with the area you are exercising in – no need to place yourself in unnecessary danger! Changing up your routine to exercising outside may be the solution to a dull and dreary workout. As a result, you may even find that you look forward to your next workout. Wouldn’t that be a refreshing change!
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