Summer is approaching so it’s time to burn off some of that winter fat we needed to survive through the colder months and start getting our beach bodies in order. However, paying an expensive gym membership isn’t necessary. Take a look at some of these open-air activities to help you keep in shape.
Generally speaking, we should all be doing 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day, just enough to get our heartrates elevated. However, if you’re trying to lose weight you might need to do additional work. Remember you should work at your own pace, everyone has different abilities, situations and objectives.
Walking: Often overlooked but really it is a great way to get started. It’s beneficial for your cardiovascular system, easy on your joints and inexpensive - it doesn’t require anything more than some comfortable clothing and footwear.
Hiking: This is one step further than walking. When hiking you often take routes that are more strenuous on the body which in turn helps burn more calories. Plus, there’s a good chance you’ll find your love for nature again, especially if you spend nearly all your time in the city.
Jogging / Running: (Not footing!). If you are new to jogging then it’s advised that you start off slow and build up the intensity and amount when you see fit. One thing to remember is that running can put a lot of strain on your joints and cardiovascular system so make sure you don’t overdo it. Try to regulate your breathing and stay hydrated.
Cycling: Albeit an expensive hobby, you’d be surprised how far you can go once you get into it. You don’t need an expensive bike and all the latest tech, but it sure does help getting up steep hills. It’s another low-impact activity but works different muscles than walking/running.
Swimming: Another low-impact activity with almost no equipment needed. If you’re lucky enough to live close to the coast, take advantage you lucky people, take the plunge and swim in the sea! It might be a bit of a shock to the system at first but as we say in the UK “It’s fine once you’re in”.
The key to life is variety so why not try them all! Maybe you find that you like some more than others, but it doesn’t matter as long as you’re staying healthy. If you are trying to get into shape, then do consider the importance of a well-balanced diet. There’s little point in working on the outside of your body if you’re not taking care of the inside as well. That being said, it can be difficult to find 30 mins every single day so start off with a 5-minute walk and see how it helps, any amount of exercise is better than none.
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