There’s Nothing Like Exercising in the Great Outdoors

Dr. Clayton Lawrence, CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on overall wellness. (Always consult with your own physician before beginning any new diet/exercise routine.)

Spring is just one week away! That means warmer weather, fresh air, beautiful blossoms and nearly the end of flu – and coronavirus (hopefully) – season. Bet you can’t wait to throw open those windows, give the home a deep clean and start to enjoy the great outdoors again.

Exercise is important at any time of year. It helps fight off anxiety and depression, allows us to maintain a healthy weight and it boosts our immune systems to be in better shape to fight off nasty viruses.

So, whether you’re just preparing to get out of a wintertime exercise hiatus or you’re looking forward to stepping out of the gym, there are obvious ways to enjoy a good outdoor workout, but there are just as many activities that are a subtle way to sneak in some strength training for arms, legs, abs and core.

A few ways to enjoy the outdoors and sneak in some exercise include:

Hiking – This is a great cardio and leg workout!

Jogging – Increase your cardio by heading out for a long-distance jog.

Walking – A brisk walk (or lunge walking for those who are looking for more impact) is a great way to get outside and tone the legs.

Park bench dips and push-ups – Who needs the gym? Take a jog or walk and stop to do some interval training at the park along the way.

Gardening & Landscaping – it’s just about time to start digging in the earth to grow some nutritious, readily available produce and to add some color to the landscape. This offers a great leg, core and upper body workout.

Mowing the grass – Soon it will be time to mow the grass every few days, presenting a great way to work out the arms and legs.

Raking and sweeping – These two activities are such a great arm and core body workout. And if you really get into the movements, using your arms to pull and core to stay stable could be just as effective as hitting the gym!

Enjoying the city – If you live in or near a big city, spending the day walking and enjoying the sights, shops and people can really log the miles.