It’s time to start gearing up for the spring and get your body in top-notch shape while enjoying the warm weather. Gold’s Gym Fitness Director, Dan Sullivan, discusses the benefits of exercising outdoors and fun activities to help you shed the winter weight.
Exercising outdoors has many benefits. Outdoor activities during the spring are generally perceived as being more enjoyable because we have been stuck indoors all winter long. Therefore, the first chance we have to get outside and experience the warmth and extra daylight we jump at it the opportunity. Even people who hate exercising in a gym can be found outside walking during the summer.
The easiest activity to do outdoors is to go for a walk. “Just about everyone can go for a walk regardless of age and fitness level,” says Sullivan. To maximize weight loss, Sullivan suggests adding hand weights or carrying a backpack with weight. Other activities include running, bike riding, rollerblading, basketball, hiking and yard work. Depending on a person’s initial fitness level, some activities may be more appropriate than others.
Sports are always a fun way to combine exercise and fun because most people have a certain degree of competitiveness within them. “Team sports are an excellent way to challenge yourself to try harder and work out harder,” says Sullivan. Sullivan also recommends running because it becomes a mental as well as a physical challenge and the sense of accomplishment can be very reinforcing.
Exercise must be combined with proper nutrition. Most people need to eat a little bit less and move a little bit more. Staying adequately hydrated can help people lose a few pounds. Sullivan says that most people don’t drink enough water during the day therefore, retaining any and all excess fluid that enters the body. “By drinking enough fluid everyday, a person can actually lose a few extra pounds that were actually water weight.”GO BACK