Summer has already begun, but August is the peak of summer. If you like the outdoors, this is your time. I like to go in the pool, run outside, and enjoy the beach. Whenever there is a lot of sunshine, I like to take advantage. Working out doesn't have to take place in the gym. Here are 3 reasons why the summer is a great time to mix up your workout.
First, the length of time you are active. Most gym sessions are about an hour or less. However, when you get invited to go on a 5-mile hike, that is at least 3 hours of activity. I don't know about you, but I am not working out in the gym for 3 hours. The more active you are, the more calories you are burning.
Secondly, the change of scenery may help you get excited about exercise. If you have been exercising for a long time, it is always good to mix in something different. Especially if it complements your progress. When you go outside, the benefits of breathing in the fresh air and getting natural vitamin D can do wonders to your mindset. This can help break up the monotony you are experiencing.
Ultimately, it adds new stimulus to the body you don't get at the gym. For example, the uneven terrain and altitude challenges your feet and legs in ways a barbell or dumbbell cannot. However, it is due to the hard work you put in the gym that allows you to do things outside. Those heavy squats allow you to hike those steep trails. Doing farmer's walk with kettlebells allow you to carry that heavy suitcase on your trip. All those balance exercises allow you to hop right up on the stand up paddle board. The benefits exercise provides is endless, but you will notice that the more in shape you are, the more activities you are able to do.
Hope you enjoyed this month's blog. Stay tuned for more -Kei