4 Great Outdoor Exercise Options for Busy Moms

It’s gotten pretty hot, pretty fast in the New Jersey area!  Time for the beach and even us busy moms still want to look our best.  Here’s a great article that provides some outdoor exercise activities that can fit in our crazy schedules and are most importantly…fun!

4 Great Outdoor Exercise Options for Busy Moms

While the climate-controlled allure of the gym can be hard to beat, exercising outdoors is a wise idea as the weather begins to warm up. Research suggests that decent outdoor temperatures coupled with appealing surroundings help you enjoy exercising more than the monotony of treadmills, tracks and stationary bicycles in-doors. And the more you enjoy doing an activity, the less likely you are to avoid it. It also ensures that you remain motivated to exercise for a longer period of time!

After taking a look at some options for outdoor exercising activities below, the pros of outdoor exercise would certainly outweigh the cons. Are you ready to hit the great outdoors?

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Exercising Outdoors – What are Your Options?

  1. Walking: Does walking sound like an inefficient exercise? Actually, this is one of the best (and cheapest) forms of exercise. Walking does not require any fancy equipment and can be squeezed into the busiest schedules. While you may burn fewer calories walking when compared to other more strenuous forms of exercise, it is easy on sore joints and great for the elderly. The biggest advantage of being a walker is that you can do it in multiple manageable spurts. Take the dog for a walk around the block, pick up those groceries on the go, or take an after-dinner stroll every night – walking is the easiest option!
  2. Running: Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise and does wonders for your heart, lungs and stamina. Watch your stress level go down and kiss that flab goodbye as you jog your way to peaceful sleeps and a clearer complexion. The only downside to strenuous running is that it puts more stress to the crucial joints of your body – ankles, knees and hips – so the risk of injury goes up. However, you can avoid this by starting slowly and gradually increasing the amount of time or distance by 10% every week. Don’t try to increase your running activity too quickly. Your aching body will most likely react with tendinitis or some other form of joint and muscle problems if you demand too much from your body.
  3. Cycling: Your heart will thank you for this particular exercise….

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