Outdoor Activities to Reach Your 2019 Fitness Goals
Skip the Gym - Head Outside!
Did you know that 45% of Americans make it their new year’s resolution to get in shape and lose weight? This is the second most popular new year's resolution behind trying to save more money. While this is no surprise, it’s extremely common for people to start their new year’s resolutions off strong and then fall off track within a month or two. In order to reach your fitness goals, it’s important to incorporate regular activity into your lifestyle. Before you purchase an expensive gym membership that you probably won’t use, consider implementing daily outdoor activities in your routine to get your body moving.
Go for a Daily Walk
Start off by setting smaller and more manageable fitness goals. For example, go for a 15-30 minute walk every single day. Set your alarm a little bit earlier and go for a walk before work. If your mornings are already very hectic, go for a walk in the evening to decompress from the day. The hardest part is getting up and forcing yourself to do it. Once you get into a routine you might discover that you actually enjoy it and find it therapeutic.
If you start off by going for a daily walk, you might eventually switch over to jogging. As your body gets used to the regular movement and your fitness level improves, jogging acts as a great alternative and burns more calories. The best part about jogging outdoors is that you save on gym memberships and equipment, you get fresh air, and there is better scenery! As you build up your stamina, you might even consider training for a local race.
Some people find walking and jogging on pavement to be hard on their knees. If you are concerned about your joints, a great alternative is cycling. If you work close to home, you might even consider biking to work a few days a week! Finding ways to incorporate fitness into your daily routine is the key to long-term success.
Do Backyard Yoga
Many people decide to work on their physical fitness but forget that their mental fitness is just as important. Taking time out of your day to do yoga, meditate and exercise all help to improve mental clarity. If you are prone to overthinking, try doing some backyard yoga. Doing yoga outdoors is great because being surrounded by nature is proven to reduce stress and boost relaxation. Not only will this get your body moving, it will also put your mind at ease.
Play Outside with Your Kids & Pets
The reason that many of us struggle to keep up with our fitness goals is because we are so busy trying to take care of our families. While this is totally valid, it’s important that you make a point to remain active. Plan weekend trips that involve physical activity such as skiing, swimming, hiking, canoeing etc. If your children play competitive sports, volunteer to help during practice. Also, if your kids are playing tag or running around at the park, always join in.
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