The great outdoors is full of great fresh air and is the convenient place for almost any outdoor sport. You can go mountain climbing or cycling and not only have a good time but also improve your body’s physical strength.
Cross-country skiing is a winter outdoor sport and recreational activity that combines skiing and hiking. The natural motion used in cross-country skiing provides an all-around aerobic workout. Each motion incorporates the shoulders, back, chest, core and legs, resulting in the ability to burn about 600 to 900 calories per hour. Consider learning from an instructor and borrowing equipment from friends to learn the basics of cross-country skiing.
Learning how to ride a bike is a rite of passage for kids, but cycling can provide a lifetime of exercise and fitness. You can take the bike on paved roads or trails along with off-road trails to experience remote locations in the mountains or forests. Along with burning about 400 calories per hour, cycling builds lower body strength while improving balance, coordination and cardiovascular fitness.
Before you start on your activity, there are some things that should be in order. You must first of all identify the style of the physical activity you will be engaging in. will you be doing it alone or with a professional trainer perhaps you could have your friend or you will be mixing it up? You should also ensure that the physical activity you choose complements your health goals.
While any type of physical activity is good for you, different physical activities offer different results. Deciding your health goals will steer you towards the right intensity of activity for you.
Try to choose an activity you enjoy and that suits your lifestyle. Suggestions include:
Choose an indoor activity if you are bothered by weather extremes such as heat or cold.
Enjoyment is the key to sticking to an exercise plan. Choose an activity you enjoy, not one you think is ‘good for you’.
Think back. Did you enjoy a particular physical activity as a child, such as cycling or basketball? If so, give that activity another go.
Keep your budget in mind. Some physical activities, such as skiing or sailing, can require a big financial investment.
Be realistic about your current health and level of fitness. If you are a beginner, the physical demands of certain activities (such as running) may be too much at first. Choose a gentler alternative and work your way up.
At times you just want to go out there and soak it all in; the trees, the birds and the air. You simply want to relax and there are different ways of relaxing while at the same time keeping fit.
Walk in the park.
Taking a 30-minute stroll through the park can shift your mind into a state of zen. Recent research in the U.K. found that walking through green spaces can help put the brain into a state of meditation.
Taking a walk can also boost your mood by lowering stress and depression as well as by improving well-being.
Try some outdoor yoga.
Yoga can be an effective stress reliever, and you can make your practice even more relaxing during the summer by moving outside. Bring your mat to a park on a quiet morning and practice these stress-busting yoga moves, or find a local “Yoga in the Park” class.