I live in Wisconsin, so as the weather warms I like to be outside to enjoy it as much as possible. This means that I am not interested in spending my mornings or evenings in the gym. I am training for a 10k this summer, so it’s easy for me to find outdoor exercise opportunities. I have already been running on the road for the past month. I was talking to a friend this morning about how the transition from the treadmill to the road can be challenging. It feels very different to run without the forward motion, your path is rarely straight or level and you have to regulate your own tempo. I have found that music can help with the tempo issue, as well as counting arm swings or breaths. If you want to know more, I found a great post about this issue on fitsugar.com:
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If running is not your thing, there are lots of other opportunities to exercise outdoors. Check the boards at your local gym, grocery store, library, etc. for postings about outdoor classes. I know I have already come across fliers for outdoor boot camps, yoga, hula hooping and zumba. Walking is a great form of exercise and if you have children it is an excellent way to involve them; even if it is as simple as walking to and from school, appointments or extra-curricular activities. Don’t forget that there are many day-to-day activities that allow for you to build in your exercise; use the push mower instead of the rider, park at the furthest end of the parking lot at work or the grocery store or take your bike instead of your car. Every little bit helps.