While gyms are amazing playgrounds for fitness, which are filled with opportunities to train your body in interesting ways, training in the outdoors is a great gift to your body in other ways. Fresh air, mountains, fresh water and made-made obstacles can boost your fitness level while invigorating your mind, and revitalizing your soul.
Running from A to B
While treadmills are a magnificent anytime training tool, convenient in all kinds of weather and all hours of the day or night, there’s something special about actually going the distance. Traveling from point A to point B can be mentally stimulating, while the effort necessary to traverse unique surfaces like trails, cobblestone streets and or curbs can enhance your balance and strength.
Fresh Air, Free Ride
Whether you’re dealing with mountains, valleys or soft beach sand … give mountain biking a go. Mountain biking is great fun, and if you think it’s an easy ride, you’re wrong. Mountain biking is an intense and exciting which will work out more than just your legs. You need strong arms to keep the bike in the direction you want it to go and keep that wheel straight going over bumps. You’ll certainly feel a few jolts through your core as you race down a hill. Do make sure you wear the full protective gear too, because mountain biking isn’t without dangers. Not sure which mountain bike to buy? The Outdoors Pro has got a few good ideas, and you can check out other similar sport enthusiast websites for more info.
In almost every neighborhood within a first world country, you’ll find a basketball court. Only sometimes filled with actual “teams”, basketball is one of those sports that just works at all times. You could go dribble and shoot hoops alone, play some one-on-one with a friend or gather a pretty big group for a few hours of athletic fun. It’s great for cardio, strength, balance and flexibility. Besides having a fab time, you’ll burn hundred of calories per hour.
Do any of these ideas interest you? Try them today and get yourself out of that packed, air conditioned gym.