A Walk Around The Park…
Raise of hands of who loves working out outdoors! High-Fives to taking advantage of sunny days, despite the colder temperatures! Yes it is winter and sometimes it is hard to bundle up and brace the cold, but let’s face it, when you are finished it does feel good. I’m cold ALL THE TIME, but when I need a good dose of Vitamin D to lift my spirits and wake me up, I lace up my running shoes, throw on layers, and just do it. Here are some reasons why you should take some of your workouts outdoors:
- Boosts your energy levels;
- Strengthen your immune system;
- No chances of catching gym cooties;
- Vitamin D;
- Fresh air!
Chances are you already have gloves, a hat, and scarf in your closet, so you don’t have any excuses. Take it outside and enjoy! I have a wonderful client who loves to train outdoors. We will meet at the park on the slightly “warmer” winter days, so that she can bring her son in the stroller. We will do a 1-Hour workout and walk a 3 mile loop on a bike path, that has some great hills. This is the workout that we did together, this week, and it was a great way to tone all the necessary muscles, get the heart rate up, and still catch up on some celebrity gossip.
Walk Around The Park Workout:
*Every 10 Minutes, step to the side and perform 2 sets of each circuit, with a 1-Minute Rest between each!
- 50 Jumping Jacks
- 30 Squats
- 20 Reverse Lunges
- 20 Push-Ups
- 20 Triceps Dips (we used a fence that was on the side of the road)
- 30 Step-Ups (15 on each leg)
- 30 Side Lunges (15 on each side)
At the end of the walk, I knew it wasn’t the hardest workout we could have done, but it was MORE about just getting outside, moving, and lifting my client’s spirits. Mission accomplished! Sometimes when you are working out it’s not about how much your muscles are burning or if you are drenched in sweat, it’s more about whether or not it made you FEEL GOOD! And a big smile is always a good thing too…