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Take Your Workout Outside

March 30, 2020
Published in: COVID-19, Fitness

Dad teaching his son to ride a bike

Feeling stir crazy? Spring is a great time to lace up your shoes and take your workout outside. If you're not into running, take a brisk walk instead. Research shows that outdoor exercise improves mood and reduces depression. Exposure to sunlight enhances vitamin D production, which may be partially responsible for this mood-enhancing effect. A regular dose of outdoor activity can help boost the already powerful esteem-enhancing effect of exercise.

One of the greatest benefits of getting outside is the opportunity to connect with the world around you! Even as we practice social distancing, we can still wave to our neighbor as we walk and enjoy that human connection. Exercising outdoors can help you feel grounded, deepen your connection to the world and make you feel more positive about the current circumstances in which we find ourselves.

If you want to add a strength component, find a grassy place for some body weight squats (keep your weight back towards your heels and not over your toes). Then add in pushups (knees or toes), crunches, and planks. Hit that circuit for 3-5 rounds and you are done.

And don't forget…plenty of water, good shoes, and sunscreen!