Exercise outside for Earth Day
Exercise group recommends hiking in honor of Earth Day (Baltimore Sun file photo / April 18, 2012)
The American Council on Exercise is using it as a day to promote outdoor activity.
They are using it as a day to encourage people to trade the treadmill for a walk in the park or the weight bench for an outdoor yoga class.
Here are five workouts they are suggesting for Earth Day, which is Sunday.
1. Go Off-Road: A great way to escape the hectic city life and reduce stress is to hike in nature. Bring along some water and a snack for shorter hikes. Drink at least 7-10 ounces of water every 20 minutes, even in colder climates, to avoid dehydration. Insect repellant and sunscreen are also essential. Finally, pace yourself to enjoy nature. Build endurance and strength gradually before tackling some hills or a more challenging terrain.
2. Ride Your Bicycle: There is no better way to explore your neighborhood, city, backcountry roads or local trails than from the vantage point of a bicycle. Bicycling is a great cardiovascular workout and will strengthen legs, glutes and core. Bike longer and you can burn enough calories to eat a sandwich, and have your cake too. For safety: Always wear a helmet, obey all traffic laws, use hand signals and use lights when biking at dusk and dawn.
3. Get Wet: Swimming laps offers a great full-body workout. Whether in the ocean or at a lake (or and even splashing around in the pool), swimming can be a great workout for young and old alike. Here are some workout ideas: Cup your hands and pull water away from you to build strength. Use a noodle, hand-held paddles or a kick board. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen when swimming outdoors.
4. Inline Skate: Inline skating around the neighborhood, in a public park or even a pick-up game of hockey make for great family fun and a workout. Most children love the idea. To prevent injuries, it is critical that adults and especially children wear helmets and protective gear on their wrists, knees and elbows.
5. Calm The Mind: Roll out a yoga mat in nature for downward-facing dog positions and sun salutations may be the ideal stress-reliever. Many yoga studios are also taking their workouts outdoors. When life gets tough, slowing the mind without any distractions can make for a spiritual recovery.