We are living in times where pressure and stress have become an unavoidable evil in our daily lives. In a survey carried out by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it was found that more than one-third of the Indian population is obese and overweight. The question of the hour is, what can be done to tackle this situation and is there a way we can actually improve our health? So, here we will discuss some outdoor activities that can keep you fit and healthy.
Stay Fit and Healthy with Outdoor Activities
One of the simplest ways to get healthy outside is to go for a walk; studies show that regular brisk walking can improve the health of your heart, lungs and circulatory system; reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and help you maintain a healthy weight. Walking is also a low-impact exercise, so it’s easy on the joints and muscles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), just 10 minutes of brisk walking, three times a day for five days a week (for a total of 150 minutes per week) is enough to improve your aerobic health.
Another cross-training favorite, hiking is a great alternative to running and can allow you to become one with nature. Soothing for the mind and soul, using hiking as a fitness activity will allow you to change up your routine, keep you motivated, and on the lookout for the next hill to climb.
There is a very good chance you’ll find a tennis court right near where you live. Tennis is a great way to get those arms swinging and to get your legs jumping and running. Great for toning the muscles, tennis is a great alternative to hitting the gym.
Ride a Bike
This goes back to cross-training. This is a picture-perfect balance to your daily running routine to help strengthen those legs.
Swimming is said to be an all body exercise as it requires the use of all the muscles in the body. This low impact workout is perfect for cardiovascular fitness. The best part is that swimming can be pretty much done by almost everyone, especially people with physical limitations. Water is a cure for stiff joints and is extremely effective for people with musculoskeletal problems and arthritis. Studies also suggest that people who swim on a regular basis are less likely to suffer heart diseases, aid to fight the onset of diabetes and keep check-in control blood pressure in an individual.
Cycling is another low impact exercise with tremendous benefits for muscles and joints. One of the best advantages of this activity is that it can be done anywhere, anytime. Whether you choose to ride alone or with a friend or your entire family, you can be sure of saving up some good money which would otherwise be spent on getting gas. Moreover, you also help save the environment from pollution by opting for this eco-friendly mode of transportation. Cycling is considered to be an aerobic activity which means that your lungs, blood vessels, heart all get a workout.
Perform Bodyweight Exercises
Let’s say you’re not the biggest fan of the fitness parks around you or live in a densely populated area where they simply aren’t available. In that case, you could perform outdoor bodyweight exercises and the best and easiest technique to do that is by merely getting a power tower; a popular piece of gym equipment that allows you to perform pull-ups, and chest dips, vertical knee raises, and more.
Do Outdoor Yoga
Carrying out outdoor yoga is the most soothing way to take your fitness activities outdoor. But what’s the best way of going about this? One easy way of going about this is by finding outdoor yoga classes offered in your city or town.
I can’t think of a superior way to take your health outdoors than by cross training. Otherwise known as circuit training, cross training consists of activities like bicycling, swimming and other forms of exercise that work to supplement your running routine.
Who said fitness shouldn’t be fun? By simply shopping, by going to a nearby plaza or mall will inevitably help you lose more calories. The simple process of walking through each store, carrying your items, and standing in line, all help in your weight loss efforts.
In this outdoor activities list, we’ve covered everything from starting your own outdoor garden to doing yoga on rooftops. Let your imagination run wild for a better and more fulfilling exercise routine. Going to the gym every single day can start to feel repetitive and a bit of bore.
Yes, I know we all love lifting those weights, but it’s possible that going after other activities in life can help you get into better shape too, by giving you even more reason to be active. After a while, you probably won’t even realize how active you’re being giving a better shape to your body and life as a whole.