Five Healthy Outdoor Activities to Keep You in Shape and Active

“Go out in the woods, go out. If you do not go out in the woods, nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.”-Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The great outdoors has always been seen as an avenue for serenity and respite away from the busy and bustling city lifestyle. As a city becomes more progressive and developed, it would only be inevitable for its population to grow and over time, become so saturated with skyscrapers, concrete and undoubtedly, pollution. In this regard, it would be understandable for city people to be wishful of a quick breather—an escape if you may from the perpetually busy lifestyle in the concrete jungle.

Indeed, going out for a quick trip and immersing yourself in nature allows you to commune with it and takes your stress away for the time being. However, while the great outdoors has been seen as a sanctuary—a place for relaxation if you may, it has also been noted for its excellent opportunities in fitness and health activities. While we are on the subject, it has also been shown that apart from keeping you fit and healthy, exercising outdoors would also help you improve your mood, eliminate stress and boost your body’s vitality in the long run. Moreover, research has shown that exercising outdoors or just doing outdoor activities, in general, enhances your overall mental health.

So, if you have been looking for an excuse to break away from the city, get some much-needed exercise or perhaps put a new spin to your gym workouts, head on to Vermosa or any outdoor park and engage in some of these activities:

1.) Cycling

If you want a low impact exercise with major benefits for both your muscles and joints (not to mention your calves), cycling might be an outdoor activity you want to engage in. Apart from developing those much-coveted toned calves, cycling would also get you to places and can be done anywhere and at anytime. However, this is a lot more fun when you do it outdoors and amidst nature. Just seeing the copse past you by as you medal is all the necessary motivation you would need to keep going and going. Plus, breathing in the fresh air would certainly be a refreshing difference to the city smog.

2.) Yoga

Yoga has become increasingly popular over the years—and with good reason. This popular fitness activity might have found its roots in India, but is now practiced in almost every nook and cranny of the world. Yoga does not only ensure you get a fitness and physical boost but also a spiritual and mental one as well. For optimal performance and maximum effects, consider practicing it outdoors as it allows you to be one with nature as well.

3.) Hiking

One excellent way to get fit without having to spend for anything significant (apart from a good pair of shoes) is hiking. In fact, it has been seen as a regular fitness staple by those who wish to engage in fitness activities while enjoying the great outdoors. Moreover, it allows you to drink in what nature has to offer. For a truly breathtaking and picturesque scene, opt for hiking on mountains or well-known forest trails so that you can keep your fitness activity interesting with gorgeous landscapes.

4.) Walking

Pretty much like hiking but with less the pressure, walking is another great activity to indulge in when you are outdoors. Furthermore, this is an excellent alternative for individuals who would want to get fit sans expending a lot of effort. Apart from being a good alternative to running, this is also an activity for those who have not acclimatized well to hiking on terrains. This activity would also be great for individuals who are looking to begin a fitness regime but are not quite ready to commit to a strenuous activity just yet.

5.) Swimming

If the summer heat has gotten way past bearing for you, go ahead and take a dip in one of the nearby lakes of your city or perhaps, try it out first at a health club’s pool. Swimming is low

impact workout that utilizes all of the muscles of the body. This all-body exercise is also said to be excellent for cardiovascular fitness and is perfect for everyone—especially for people with physical limitations.