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Summertime Workouts

May 18, 2020 | Friends and Home Life, Healthy Living

10 Tips for Energizing Outdoor Exercises

Are you bored with your regular exercise routine?  Looking for new ways to get in a good workout?  Ready to try something new now that summer is close at hand?  We can help!  From local walking and bike trails to taking out a paddleboard on the river, the Seacoast of New Hampshire has many opportunities for outdoor fun.  Here are 10 ideas to help you mix up your workout routine and reap the benefits of exercising outdoors:

  • Get the bike out from storage and take advantage of the many area bike trails. Check out http://www.seacoastbikes.org/ for a list of local trails.  Don’t forget that Friday, May 16th is the 12th annual Seacoast Bike/Walk to Work Day.  There are even ten free “commuter breakfasts” on this day where you can enjoy a continental breakfast and enter raffles to win a variety of prizes.
  • Most communities have walking trails for residents to enjoy. Some of our favorites are the Dover Community Trail (https://www.facebook.com/DoverCommunityTrail) and Marginal Way in Ogunquit.  This particular trail is an easy walk with sweeping oceans views along a path, which is entirely paved and mostly flat.
  • While you are in Ogunquit, or any other seaside town, take a long walk on the beach. Not only is it beautiful and calming, but walking in sand gives you more of a workout.
  • Visit local athletic fields to take advantage of their basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields, and outdoor tracks.
  • Don’t forget your local playground! Monkey bars are great for pull-ups, swings are good for leg pumps, and if you are lucky enough to have a little one, it is a great family outing.
  • Do some sit ups, push-ups, stretches, and jumping jacks at a park, in your yard, or even on the beach. The fresh air and sunshine will make your workout even more enjoyable.
  • Work on the lawn. Finish any clean up from winter, work on your vegetable or flower gardens, or stack wood for next winter.  Not only will you get a good workout, but you will also be making an investment in the beauty of your home.
  • Take an outdoor yoga or tai chi class, or join a neighborhood sports team.
  • If you are in the city, there are lots of opportunities for stair climbing, and you can walk instead of taking public transportation.
  • How about kayaking this summer. Look for information in your local area on kayaking, paddleboarding, and bicycle rentals. There are often local places that offer basic instruction and tours.  If you have your own kayak or canoe, there are lots of area launch sites. Visit your town’s website for information on public launch sites.

Summer is not too far away, and the opportunities to get some exercise outside are

abundant.  Added benefits include exposure to Vitamin D, fresh air, and the chance to visit new or familiar places.  Try gathering a group of friends or your family for a group outing, and enjoy the team approach to working out.  Exercising with others is a great motivator, and it’s a chance to enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family.  Whatever you choose to do, have fun and keep going!

Let’s talk about ideas for healthy food choices when you venture out on a picnic.  How fun does that sound?  The team at Simple Health cannot wait for summah!