How to Take Your Workout Outdoors

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Dreaming of working out in the fresh air and sunshine? It might be easier to take your workout outdoors than you think! From finding fun beach cruiser bikes for sale or even hybrid bicycles for sale that you can ride along the coast to grabbing a yoga mat and some free weights for an outdoor group class, there are plenty of ways to get outside and get moving. Here are some top options to try out.

Swap Out Sedentary Car Rides for Active Bike Trips

One of the easiest ways to incorporate more outdoor activity into your life is to simply swap out more sedentary activities for their counterparts. For instance, if you’re constantly going on long car rides for fun, why not swap out that sedentary state for an active bike trip instead? Even if you’ve never been biking before, it doesn’t take too long to learn. With a little practice and research, you can learn how to choose correct bike size, get acclimated to your new bicycle and become proficient at it in no time. As a bonus, you’ll still get some personal time but it’ll come with a slew of serious health benefits!

Try Shifting Your Favorite Workouts to Outdoor Variants

You don’t have to be stuck inside in order to enjoy your favorite yoga class or cardio workout. In fact, it’s simple to shift your workouts to an outdoor space whenever the weather is pleasant enough! That way, you can continue with your usual routine while also getting some fresh air and sunshine. Some workouts in particular that are great outdoors are:

  • Going for jogs or fast-paced walks
  • Enjoying a session of Pilates or yoga, whether alone or in a group
  • Going for a leisurely bike ride
  • Kayaking or canoeing
  • Lifting small free weights or doing body-weight exercises
  • Swimming in a pool or in a safe body of water

Make Sure You’re Dressed Well for Current Conditions

An important but often overlooked component to outdoor workouts is being adequately dressed and prepped for current weather conditions. Before going outside for any exercise, check the current weather forecast to figure out how you’ll need to dress. Cold weather, of course, will call for layers and warmer accessories like gloves and scarves, while warm weather may call for shorts and light, breathable materials all around. One important tip, though, no matter what the weather is like outside, is to always wear sunscreen. You can get sunburnt or increase your risk of developing skin cancer even when it seems overcast or cloudy outside, so putting on sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every time you head outdoors is essential. If you’re being particularly active and getting sweaty, or if you’re spending time in the water, make sure you reapply your sunscreen about every two hours.

Taking your workout outdoors can have a number of psychological and physical benefits. When you’re used to getting your exercise indoors, however, the transition might seem to come with some complicating logistical factors. The great news is, as long as you follow these tips, you can easily transition to an outdoor work out and get your exercise and fresh air in at the same time!

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