Healthy Living Tip #5 -MOVE! /EXERCISE - Enlist Mother Nature for your workouts while the weather allows. Try one of my Outdoor Fitness Faves
The fifth of my eight essential habits for living your best life at any age is - no surprise - exercise. Since it’s summer, this week’s blog is about how to make your workout the most efficient, effective AND fun with my outdoor fitness faves.
Most of us know the side effects of not exercising, but most people don’t realize that sitting too much can lead to depression and other mental health problems. And according to world renowned Functional Medicine Doctor, Jospeh Mercola “There is a growing scientific consensus that the more time you spend sitting, the shorter and less healthy your life may be. Excessive sitting, such as at a desk or in front of the TV, significantly impacts your cardiovascular and metabolic function.”
SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN BENEFITS OF EXERCISING OUTDOORS
We all know that when we move/exercise we usually feel better mentally and physically and, provided we don’t eat too much, we look better as well. But few know there are scientific studies that show there can be greater benefits to exercising outside (over indoor): physically, emotionally AND psychologically which include:
MY FOUR OUTDOOR FAVES
1. NATURE WALK/JOG
Walk on the beach (preferably barefoot) with a buddy, listen to fave book on tape or meditative music, call a friend who makes you laugh or just listen to the crashing waves. So good for the soul.
2. STANDUP PADDLEBOARDING (SUP)
There are so many reasons to love my fave sport of all time - SUP. Almost anyone can do it, and it can be done on most bodies of water - especially flat lakes and bays. Below are my SUP workout picks:
3. JUMPING IN THE OCEAN
If you’re lucky enough to live on or near a beach, you likely know well the historic healing powers of the ocean. I’m livin’ on Amagansett Beach this summer and already I feel like a new person.
NYC dwellers who don’t have more than a day to getaway, jump on the subway and go to Rockaway Beach. I once headed there with my surf board in tow and had a great solo session on the ocean. You can also rent SUPs n’ boards and instructors when you get there.
Can’t surf? Try Boogie/Body Boarding. I’ve been doing it since I was 9 years old and it’s just as fun as surfing for most people and a lot easier to learn. Most kids can learn as soon as they’re decent swimmers.
Can’t swim? Now’s a good time to learn. My fave Hamptons swim instructor-esp for kids: Deborah Lakeman
Stuck in office this summer? Check out THIS video of a few or my fave, short, easy do anytime/anywhere exercises (scroll to the 5 minute mark for my segment). And check out number four which can be done indoors or outdoors.
4. MINI TRAMPOLINING ON THE BACK PORCH
When the weather allows, and especially if there’s not a good path or road to walk or jog on, this is always my fave way to get some fat burning, core work and overall feel-good time in.
Benefits of using the Rebounder:
TIPS for Mini Trampoline: I travel with mine. And I keep one permanently at each of my parent's houses:
GENERAL EXERCISE TIPS:
Have fun everyone and tag me on your outdoor Instagram exercise pics @mindbodyreboot and follow me @magenbanwart on twitter or Instagram to catch some of mine.
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