Moving Your Exercise Outdoors – Outside workouts provide a variety of benefits you can’t get working out in the gym. In addition to saving money, exercising in a natural environment can elevate your mood and help you maintain a more consistent fitness routine. In this article you’ll discover the many health advantages of moving your exercise outdoors.
Outside workouts increase your energy, improve your mood and help you stay consistent with your fitness program. Whether you enjoy running, cycling, hiking or you’re just looking to stay fit consider moving your exercise outdoors where you can have fun and breath easy.
Getting started with walking – You do not have to do any special stretching, bouncing or other contortions to warm up for walking. Simply walk at a slowish pace for five to eight minutes to increase circulation and breathing. This also warms up the muscles that are going to be worked out and that could be damaged if you started exercising while they are cold.
After five to eight minutes, speed up to a pace you enjoy. Most walkers cruise comfortably at 5.6km (31/2 miles) an hour – the speed at which the body was designed to walk.You will even burn off fat if you keep on walking at that speed for 30 minutes every day.
If you have built up to a level of fitness where you want to go further then it is time to take more vigorous activity. Or, if you already enjoy aerobic exercises and can continue safely, carry on! The ideal is either five periods of moderate activity a week and/or three periods of vigorous activity. A combination of both types adds variety and interest to your activity regime.
Vigorous activity is aerobic activity which makes you feel out-of-breath and sweaty. Examples include: hill walking at a brisk pace, squash, football, tennis, aerobics, cycling, running, and occupations that involve frequent climbing, lifting or carrying heavy loads.