Spending time outside offers numerous benefits for physical and emotional health. It can help support your immune system, improve your mood and boost natural vitamin D levels. While any time outside can be good for you, adding in a fun and challenging recreational activity provides cardiovascular benefits, helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight and strengthens muscles. Finding the right exercise for you may take some trial and error, but rest assured there are activities for everyone, no matter what kind of physical condition you are in right now.
1. Take Yoga in the Park
Yoga has grown in popularity thanks to its ability to increase flexibility, lower stress and ward off pain. Doing it outdoors adds the many benefits of spending time in nature to the mix. Check with local parks and recreation departments as well as area yoga studios to see about any outdoor classes being offered. Most are weather dependent, but if the location has ample covered space, rain may not be a deterrent. If you don't find an organized class, you always have the option of practicing with friends instead.
2. Hit the Trails
Whether you stay at a town park or head out to a state or national recreation area, there are trails to accommodate almost any fitness level. Some are even accessible to people who use mobility aids. Find one that matches your skill and ability level, pack a bag of supplies, and head out for a day of walking or trail running. It provides an excellent cardio workout while also strengthening your legs.
3. Head to the Pool
The water is an excellent outlet for excess energy. It provides natural resistance to build strength while also supporting your weight to ease the strain on joints. Whether you enjoy swimming laps or water aerobics, you can find a way to exercise in the safety and refreshing environment of a pool. Plus, a cool pool lets you build muscle and burn calories without breaking a sweat on a hot afternoon. That may help explain why pool construction Maryland is taking off.
4. Saddle Up for a Trail Ride
Trail riding can be suitable for just about anyone, regardless of your experience with horses or fitness level. Don't think for a minute that, just because you are sitting on a horse, you aren't getting a workout when you ride. Your legs and core will get plenty of use as you cover miles of terrain in the saddle. You don't have to own a horse to enjoy trail riding. Many public and private barns offer guided rides that can be tailored to your experience level. If you do have your own horses and trailer, look for parks that offer bridle trails. These will have safe footing for horses while also limiting mountain and dirt bike traffic.
5. Try Your Hand at Rock Climbing
Do you want an intense full-body workout? Grab a helmet and harness and head out with a guide for a day of adventure and physically demanding rock climbing fun. You will burn an amazing amount of calories, develop balance skills, and boost your self-confidence as you climb, pull and push your way up designated routes. If heights aren't your thing, you can get the same physical benefits from bouldering. You will trade in the security of a harness for that of staying within 15 feet of a padded landing area.
6. Navigate the Water in a Kayak
There are several different types of kayaking, but they all offer the significant physical benefits of a solid cardio and shoulder-burning workout. Beginners can start out by learning on flat water in lakes or gentle rivers. If you want a bigger adrenaline rush, try your hand at white water kayaking.
From rock climbing to water aerobics, there are so many ways to get a great workout while enjoying the beauty of natural surroundings. No matter what outdoor activity you decide on, always practice the appropriate safety measures. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and help combat the effects of heat.
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