When most people think of doing cardio it usually involves a treadmill. Running outside is a close second. If you take time to think about it, how come our society has more weight loss pills, videos and groups than ever before, yet the United States is 80% obeast? The generations before us were not as heavy as we are today.
All forms of exercise are great! Anything to get the blood flowing, increase your heart rate and get your muscles working! With the weather in upstate New York getting warmer and nicer everyday, no one wants to be a hamster on a wheel.
Try something new, go outside, there is a great big world out there! One of my favorite forms of exercise is yard work. Yes, yard work, raking, shovelling, cutting trees, trimming, its all good, and good for you! The bonus is that at the end of the day, your yard is clean, and you have a certain sense of accomplishment that you work get from runni
ng in place for an hour. I still use a push mower, nothing special, however, it does the trick and keeps me walking with resistance. Our house is surrounded by trees, with trees come an endless supply of limbs and leaves. With the raking, trimming, and picking up comes our summer fires in our burn pit.
The best part of outdoor exercise is that it can be done as a family. Our daughter is quite the helper. Many kids today don’t get enough exercise, or even go outside for that matter. That’s what makes the summer special, going outside with the family, doing things that keep you fit, whether you know it or not!
So the next time you look outside and see that something that you want to do, get the other half, the kids, a buddy to help. Not only will you enjoy yourself, you will be off the couch, getting some sun, and having a little workout without the working out!