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Stay Active This Summer – Outdoor Activities

The weather is warming up, and the summer sun is making its grand appearance. It’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the great outdoors. Working outside offers numerous benefits, including a natural dose of Vitamin D, which can boost your mental health, and it’s free of charge. Depending on your chosen outdoor exercise, most activities are entirely free. Besides the mental health benefits, exercising outdoors challenges your body with varied terrain. It can also become a social and team activity if you involve friends. Remember to stay hydrated, use sun protection, and wear supportive shoes when heading outside.

Here are some ways to get outside and get moving:

  • Walking or Running
    • This is likely the one that is the most common and well-known. It’s a great way to get active without an intense workout. You can go at your own pace and go as long as you would like
  • Hiking
    • Hiking is a great way to get your body moving and enjoy a rewarding experience. A hike is a perfect way to enjoy your environment. You can listen to music, a podcast, or an audible book.
  • Interval Training
    • High-intensity interval Training (HIIT) involves short bursts of intense movement followed by brief recovery periods. It’s one of the most effective exercise methods and can be done outdoors without any equipment.
  • Biking
    • The warm weather is perfect for biking in the sun. It can be a great stress-relieving activity.
  • Jumping Rope
    • A famous childhood activity that adults tend to forget. It can not only be a lot of fun, but it is a great way to get your start exercising. The flexibility of location is great so you can do it whenever and wherever you want.

When deciding to exercise outside, keep these tips in mind: stay hydrated before, during, and after your workout to avoid dehydration. Ensure you have supportive walking or running shoes to protect your feet and body from potential injuries. Lastly, use sun protection to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.

The summer months have arrived, bringing numerous advantages to outdoor workouts. Exercising outside can alleviate depression and anxiety. While exercise in general helps, the sun enhances these benefits, making workouts more enjoyable and easier to commit to.

If you need motivation or help with starting your fitness journey, call our team at TTP!

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