Summertime is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than getting outside. In fact, June is National Great Outdoors Month! This is a great time to explore our nation’s beautiful and numerous parks, trails, and natural wonders. Here are five ways to get moving in the great outdoors.

Go for a Walk or Run

Whether you are on a quick lunch break or training for a race, a walk or run around the block is a great way to be active this summer. Very minimal equipment is needed for this kind of exercise, making it easier to squeeze into your day. All you will need is a supportive pair of gym shoes, extra water for hydration, and sunscreen. If you’re on the go, consider a small running belt to bring along any additional items like your phone, wallet, or keys.

Hike or Bike a Trail

Local trails are perfect for a nearby adventure. Many are lined with trees, adding extra shade on hot summer days. Be sure to bring plenty of water for your excursion. Get the whole family involved and try a trail scavenger hunt. Make a list of things you could see while hiking or biking in nature, and keep an eye out to find them. Not sure where the nearest trail is? Use an app like AllTrails to find out.

Attend an Outdoor Class

Who says workout classes have to be indoors? Many instructors host their exercise classes outside when the weather allows. Are you interested in sunrise Yoga? Or maybe you’re thinking about Bootcamp in the park? Check with your local community center or park system to see what exercise classes are being held outdoors. Can’t find any? Grab your phone or tablet and an exercise mat or beach towel and participate in your own using an app like FitOn.

Make a Splash with Water Sports

Stay active and keep cool by moving your workout to the water. Swimming is always a popular activity in the summertime. It’s a great full-body workout, and it’s joint-friendly too! If you’re looking to add even more adventure on the water, consider kayaking, rowing, or paddle boarding with a group of friends. Be sure to check the forecast first and pay attention to the weather so you can take shelter if a summer storm pops up.

Get Creative with Strength Workouts

Outdoor exercise isn’t limited to cardio. Get creative with your strength workouts and move them outside too! Don’t worry, there’s no need to bring the entire dumbbell rack with you. You can get in a great strength workout using body-weight exercises like squats, burpees, and push-ups. You can also use everyday objects like a park bench for tricep dips or a curb for calf raises. Some parks even have strength stations along a track or trail to incorporate exercises like pull-ups and sit-ups. Changing up your workout routine helps to keep it varied and exciting.

Always consult with your physician before starting a new exercise program.

Written by BWS Lead Health Coach- Kelly Schlather, BS, ASCM – CEP

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