by Tyler Smith
As the weather warms up and the sun stays out longer, the outdoors are a perfect place to get some exercise in! Whether you want to improve your cardiovascular endurance, hang out with friends, or just have some fun, there are so many fun and exciting ways to stay active outdoors. Science says exercising outdoors can significantly improve your mood!
Go for a Walk
Walking is a great activity that can be enjoyed pretty much everywhere! There are so many beautiful places to explore like the beach, local parks, or downtown. The combination of the warm weather and the fresh air helps make walking easy and enjoyable. Walking can help prevent or manage high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Another benefit of walking is the social aspect. It provides an easy way to catch up with your friends while improving your health!
Staying active is important to maintain stability and mobility in your joints but some exercises can be challenging and cause unwanted pressure and stress on your joints, leading to pain and discomfort. Other benefits from pool exercises include improvement in lower body strength, flexibility, balance and agility.
Overall the pool provides an easy way to cool off from the heat and get a great workout in at the same time!
Yoga primarily focuses on breathing control, meditation, and the adoption of bodily posture and specific poses. It is a holistic approach that increases your physical and mental well-being. Research says that incorporating yoga into your weekly routine can help recovery from strokes and surgery, prevent falls, manage arthritis, pain and inflammation and improve your quality of sleep! Pair this with a beautiful outdoor view like the beach or park and you can experience a great workout while in a great environment.
Play with Grandchildren
Another easy, yet undervalued method of physical activity is simply to play with your grandchildren. Whether it's taking them to the park, chasing them around in the backyard, or even carrying them and picking up, you can still engage a lot of your muscles and joints. Although it doesn't really seem like a typical way to do physical activity, moving around and playing with your grandchildren can really maintain your fitness and improve your quality of life!
Julie is the program director and head personal trainer at Ageless Fitness. She focuses on wellness and health education with her clients and encourages the process of creating programs to be individual and informative.