It is a well-known fact that exercise has numerous benefits, from improving mood and boosting energy levels, to controlling weight and combating disease. It is vital to take charge of your health and take care of yourself, especially when you have the added stress of a separation or a lengthy divorce procedure. Take advantage of the balmy weather and glorious sunshine, and try these six tips to be ACTIVE outdoors this summer, regardless of your fitness level.
Tip #1. Allow Time For Research First
Use your favorite internet search engine to search for outdoor workout routines. Many of these routines include a series of different workouts that target various muscle groups. For example, one routine may have you complete 10 pushups, 15 burpees, and 20 abdominal crunches. Other routines offer ideas as to how you can turn your local park into your outdoor gym, such as using a playground bar for completing pull-ups. Another may have you use a park bench to help balance while you do lunges.
Tip #2: Create Calm In Your Life With Outdoor Yoga
Many yoga studies offer outdoor yoga in beautiful, unique settings. If you are fortunate enough to live near the coast, many beaches offer a form of yoga at either sunrise or sunset on the sand. Other outdoor yoga locations may include state parks, scenic mountains, picturesque lakes, and local farms. Yoga can be a great opportunity to stretch your muscles, gain flexibility, and meditate.
Tip #3: Take A Stand With Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-up paddleboarding is a fun way to tone your whole body without feeling like you are working out. Many beaches and lakes offer paddleboard rentals and beginner classes. While it may look easy, this watersport is an offshoot of surfing, and requires you to use your entire body. Practice maintaining stability from your inner core, while also enjoying the amazing scenery and waterlife around you.
Tip #4: Include Watersports In Your Daily Routine
If paddleboarding does not spark your interest, there are a variety of other watersports to participate in, based on your physical ability and location. Consider sailing or rowing lessons for an exciting way to challenge yourself physically while learning something new. Other activities in the water include swimming, water aerobics, windsurfing, water skiing, and wakeboarding. Do some research on what your area offers locally and sign up.
Tip #5: Venture Onto The Court
Enlist an interested friend to play an outdoor activity at a local court, such as tennis, basketball, or volleyball. If you are having a hard time finding anyone to play with, search your local park’s social media pages to learn more about different groups that meet and/or compete. Participating in outdoor sports is a fun way to burn calories and meet new friends, while keeping your mind focused on the goal at hand.
Tip #6: Encourage Your Family To Join You
Another great way to stay active outdoors is to plan an activity for the family to do together. Take your children on a bike ride through a local park, go rollerblading, or consider a round of golf or putt-putt. Gauge your children’s interests to find what outdoor activity works best for your family.
While the go-to for getting into shape is to join a gym, there are several ways you can stay healthy and active while enjoying the great outdoors. Use this list as a guide to help you find what outdoor activity matches your lifestyle best. Most importantly, make a plan to get started right away while the weather is fine, and don’t let that separation or a lengthy divorce procedure slow you down.
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