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With spring and summer comes an easy way to exercise

With spring and summer comes an easy way to exercise

Credit: KERRA SEAY

With such beautiful weather outside, it's easy to convince yourself to put on your workout clothes and run.


Karen Nixon-Carroll | Interrobang | Leisure | May 27th, 2016




Spring has sprung and so should your new routine. Take advantage of those perfect days and get outside for fun and fitness: walking, jogging, hiking, biking, swimming, beach running, outdoor yoga, skateboarding/ rollerblading, outdoor team sports, rowing, waterskiing, golfing and even extreme obstacle courses (or just create your own with a friend at a park).

Safety is key, especially after months of not doing some of these activities. Even the fittest person can get injured if they just jump right into something. First, check weather and environment conditions; this will determine the type of apparel and footwear. It is also important to know the terrain or conditions of a grassy field. If it's hilly or rough, you may want to start with something flatter or smooth and ease into something more difficult like sand.

Next, you need to check the temperature and air conditions. If it's above 21 degrees Celsius and sunny, you can quickly become overheated quickly and pass out. Try to exercise in the morning or after 5 p.m. when temperatures start to dip or there is more shade. If you are out in the sweltering heat, make sure to have proper hydration like water, sport drink or fruit. It's also a good idea to have a hat or some other kind of shade option that you can retreat to.

If you are new to an activity, ask for help from an experienced friend, fitness trainer or sport coach to get you on the right path. The Internet is a wealth of information, but it's great if you can have someone you trust to steer you in the right direction.

Choose a few different activities you enjoy and have fun with them. This is a great time to shock your system and not think about it being exercise; try to think of it as just some time alone or with friends and fresh air.
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