Now that the weather has finally begun to cool, it's a great time to take your workout from a cramped and stuffy gym and into the great outdoors! Mother Nature is the perfect backdrop for getting the blood pumping, so try adding in these fun activities to your current workout regimen:
Go for a brisk walk: Inexpensive and accessible, the simple act of walking provides a myriad of health benefits, including boosts to cardiovascular, bone and muscle health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, adding in 150 minutes of brisk walking a week is enough to improve your aerobic health. Walking can be easier on your joints than running, and the pace can give you ample time to take in the beauty of your surroundings, improving your mental health as well. Be sure you have appropriate footwear for the terrain, whether you're strolling the sidewalks of your neighborhood or hitting the trails of your local park.
Cycling: Just 30 minutes of riding a bike can burn as much as 372 calories, and you'll be working out an entirely different group of muscles than with just walking or running alone. You can even swap your car for a bike for your daily commute or to run errands around town, which is an excellent way to work in some exercise if you're always pressed for time. Take all necessary precautions when cycling, including obeying all traffic laws, wearing bright clothing, so you're visible to drivers, and always wearing a bike helmet.
Swimming: Lying poolside and splashing with the kids is one thing, but you can also turn your aquatic activities into health benefits with lap swimming. Swimming is ideal for people who have arthritis and other mobility issues, as it has an extremely low impact on joints, reduces the risk of injury from falls, and can help strengthen your core muscles.
As with any outdoor activity, be sure not to skimp on sunscreen protection, even as the temperature drops. Working out feels so much better when you can fill your lungs with fresh air.