Friday, April 15, 2011

Get Outside

The first on the list of 4 fitness Trends is Outdoor Exercise...

Now that its warming up and the snow is finally melting, everyone craves the outdoors
People head out to the patios, go for walks along the river, clean up the yard...

So why not take your exercise outdoors too?
Did you know just being out in nature, even looking at pictures of nature has mental health benefits...

So what can you do outside??

A combination of the cardio of hiking, and the strength and power of yoga..
Combine the benefits of hiking, being in nature, and yoga...
It can get a bit expensive... a weekend retreat in Canmore is $750
But if you are looking for a restorative retreat this might be the thing for you!

If you don't want to pay for a retreat or do the yoga... go for a hike!
Look up local hiking trails... make sure you pack a bag that has the essentials, food, water, sunscreen, layers of clothes, get some friends together (and always tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back)
head outside, get out of the city and get some exercise!

I will be talking about this later... but its essentially a high intensity workout...outside!

Ultimate Frisbee, Softball, Soccer....
Joing a weekend recreational team... not only is it a great way to get outside and get exercise
you'll meet new friends, or have a great time signing up for a team with your friends...

Lace up the running shoes and walk or run around the city, or drive to smaller town near by (like chestemere) and run there is an excellent resource for this... you can map routes to see how far they are, and view 100's of public routes that other people have loaded.
You can download the app on your smart phone and track your progress

Ride a Bike
Hop on the old bike, or rent one and ride around the community,
head to the local park, ride along the coast or the river...
biking is a great cardio exercise, its great for your legs and its fun!

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