Stepping Out: Taking Exercise Routines Outdoors

April 19, 2017


exercising outdoors in iowa

exercising outdoors in iowaThe brutally cold winter months make it hard to stay dedicated to your exercise routines. You spend so much time trying to stay warm and cozy inside that the mere thought of traveling to your local gym is a bother. Finding the motivation to work out during the wintertime can prove painfully difficult, and until those warmer months roll around, your fitness fervor may be temporarily halted.

Now that spring has sprung, the cherry blossoms are blooming, and the long-awaited return of the sun is upon you, consider opting out of your regular gym routine to exercise in the great outdoors. Take a few moments to smell the roses and get your exercising mojo back on track with Mother Nature as your motivator.

The Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

Exercise is a wonderful gift to yourself. Taking charge of your health is essential to the longevity and overall tone of your life. How do you feel after exercising? Do you feel invigorated? Do you feel intoxicated with confidence? Are your self-esteem levels soaring? Working out stimulates the release of endorphins that promotes the positivity and euphoria you experience. Get the most out of your workout by carrying it outdoors, which offers more benefits than the dark, uninspiring auditorium that is your gym.

What are the advantages of outdoor exercise?

I’m glad you asked! Mother Nature offers the following:

  • Provides challenges to take you to greater heights
  • Exercise routines stay fun and exciting
  • Provides the Vitamin D your body needs to function
  • It’s free!

Bring On The Challenge!

Working out with gym equipment can only push you so far. It’s easy for your muscles to get accustomed to each repetitive workout. The unpredictable landscape of the outdoors offers new and exciting opportunities to strengthen your muscles while providing you with the challenge to adapt to different terrains.

Change it Up

Getting into a rut at the gym is easy. You stick with the routines that work for you. You go to the same building, lift the same weights and work out on the same machines. Getting bored is easy. The outdoors offers you lots of incentive to stay motivated. For starters, you have the warmth of the sun against the backdrop of a gorgeous day, you have fresh air to fill your lungs, and you have the mobility to exercise wherever you want and how you want.

Your Bones Will Thank You

Your bones need healthy doses of Vitamin D to keep them healthy and strong. Healthy bones stave off the onset of diseases related to Vitamin D deficiencies such as Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis. Always remember to apply your SPF 30+ sunscreen at least thirty minutes before heading outside and make sure you reapply every two hours. Protect your skin from sun damage, so you stay looking youthful and glowing while you soak up your Vitamin D.

Saving That Dollar

Gym memberships can be expensive and not budget-friendly. You can save hundreds of dollars by choosing to exercise outdoors. You can find hiking trails, go to your nearby park, or even run in your neighborhood. Working out outdoors is an inexpensive investment that can be facilitated by simply buying a good pair of running shoes and comfortable pair of shorts and a T-shirt.

Reap the Rewards

The summer months are on the horizon and working out now will benefit you when it comes time to whip out your favorite bikini! However, even if you are not in the shape you want to be in before the arrival of summer, there are options to remove any stubborn fat lingering on your body. PCI Plastic Surgery offers solutions like CoolSculpting and liposuction to help you achieve the body of your dreams.

CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, noninvasive fat cell removal procedure that utilizes a controlled cooling technique that freezes your fat cells, permanently eliminating them from your problem areas and giving you a sculpted, contoured shape. Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that suctions excess fat cells from your problem areas. Come visit our office to see which procedures are a viable option for you.

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Our professional team at PCI Plastic Surgery would love to help you be confident in your body. To schedule your consultation today with Dr. Kahlil Andrews, please contact us at 319-382-8230.

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