Fresh air workouts great option in time of Covid

Kristine Ciardiello

My last article for the series Fitness Friday focused on changing up your exercise routine by challenging yourself to get out of your fitness routine, such as attending a group exercise class.

That article ran on Feb. 18, 2020. Can you think of any major phenomenon that transpired between then and now that totally upended our way of life? No? Well, we now are encountering and existing in a society that was completely unimaginable just three and a half months ago.

Life as we knew it: that is not a reality we live in at this moment in time. There is a new proverbial “sheriff” in town, and we all need to follow its rules, for the betterment of both ourselves and our community at large. After making some adjustments before, some of us will need to change up our fitness routine AGAIN!

Although life is slowly turning back to some normal up here in Connecticut, we are still spending more time at home. Some of us are working from home, others are finding more time on their hands.

The inherent lack of structure in our daily lives could lead one to be less motivated to work out. As summer continues in full swing, the continued warm weather makes it desirable to spend our free time in the outdoors. With the days long and temperatures exceedingly warm, motivating oneself to exercise just got that much easier!

YouTube videos, Facebook Live and Zoom have kept people connected to their studios and gyms, thus assisting in maintaining a consistent fitness regimen. Over time, you may start to feel confined constantly working out in your home. A quick fix could be to take your workout outside. There are a variety of options for creating an effective outdoor workout.

What is the best part of moving your workout outside? It’s easy! It is as simple as lacing up a pair of sneakers, walking out the door and running or walking for 30 minutes. Thirty minutes of cardio five days a week is a great foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, you can add timed intervals of sprinting or speed walking, which will yield a more variable heartrate. If you feel even more ambitious, after warming up with some cardio, you can continue your workout in the sun in the comforts of your backyard.

There is a plethora of strength training exercises that could be done at home, with no equipment necessary. One of my personal favorites is forward stepping lunges around the house. Pushups and tricep pushups could be done anywhere as well as squats, jump squats, curtsy lunges, and jumping jacks, just to name a few.

If you miss your friends at the studio or gym, no problem. To remedy this loss, organize a small group and meet somewhere where you can properly socially distance, like one of our many beautiful public beaches along the shoreline, and walk together or enjoy a group stretching routine.

Sunshine, a dash of creativity and a healthy portion of motivation are all you need for a fun outdoor workout.

Connecticut Media Group