Sometimes, going to the gym is the last thing you want to do. It’s always the same boring old workouts with the same tired equipment and the same creeps watching you get your exercise on. If you find yourself becoming sick of the same ol’ same at the local gym, then why not put a little spice in your active life by taking your exercise routine outdoors? Sometimes just changing the atmosphere of your fitness routine can bring a new sense of accomplishment to your day.
One of the most simple ways to bring your exercise routine out into the world is to go for a walk in the park. When you exercise in nature and natural settings, your brain (and body) have to negotiate aspects like elevation and surface textures. Between grass, sand, rocks, and other natural findings, your brain is forced to enhance its awareness, therefore making balance, reaction, reflexes, and neuromuscular coordination a little sharper. Playgrounds are also a great place to bring your workout–but only at hours when there are not children and their families present. Waking up before the sun and beating the throngs of children to the playground isn’t shameful–just an easy way to find new forms of exercise. For instance–monkey bars a great place to do pull-ups. Just adding this bit of difference and spontaneity to your routine can help you from feeling burned out or unmotivated.
For even more spark in your fitness routines that doesn’t require a trip to the local playground, put together a portable exercise kit that will allow you to take advantage of any spur-of-the-moment opportunities for exercise that may come up. Keep packed in your bag all the essentials; lightweight resistance bands, yoga mats, TRX straps, jump ropes for cardio workouts, and other easily carried exercise equipment can all be carried in a small bag. Make sure you have the proper attire and gear for your workout as well. Most department stores and online apparel retailers offer a wide variety of sizes and styles in workout clothing. For some of the best in activewear, visit retailers like Patagonia, Footlocker, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Also in your bag should be included granola or protein bars, a bottle of water for ultimate hydration, your pedometer, and anything else you think is necessary for a complete and safe workout. Then if you find extra time for a little workout, you won’t be left high and dry.
With these simple steps, you can take the boring out of your daily fitness routine and bring in some fun that will help you better enjoy the experience altogether.