Need to shed a few winter pounds? I think most of us have probably put on a few (or maybe not so few) extra pounds from being indoors and less active in the winter. Now that spring has arrived, how about starting a structured exercise program that will get you outdoors? It is recommended by most doctors that you exercise a minimum of 30 minutes, preferably 45, at least 3 times a week. To reap the most benefit, and really enjoy the nice weather, you may opt to get out daily or 5 times a week, and really push for the 45 to 50 minutes zone - so you burn even more calories, and eventually stored fat.
You can jog or walk, depending on
your current fitness level and any physical limitations. If you have bad knees or fallen arches, jogging will not be an option, but walking will still get the circulation moving, give your cardiovascular system a workout, and burn calories too. Of course, jogging will yield faster results, but a brisk walk is wonderful too! Here is a link that compares jogging to walking: http://www.mademan.com/mm/5-benefits-jogging-vs-walking.html.
Plan a route that is safe and scenic. You may want to vary it so that you do not get bored. For example, you might select several parks you can walk or jog, as well as tracks at a local school. Again, keep safety in mind, especially if you will be working out by yourself and pick a place and time where there will be other people around. It's wonderful to walk or jog with a friend (or spouse) if you can. You'll find the time will go by much faster and you can encourage each other on those days when one of you needs an extra push.
You can exercise in a gym, but there is just something about exercising outdoors, enjoying the sights and sounds. Even if you do have a gym membership, you may want to add outdoor exercise to your schedule so you will benefit not only physically, but mentally and
emotionally as well!
In the above set, I've featured Adidas Activewear. You can price all the items on Polyvore by clicking the link below the picture, or click on the individual items I've pulled out of the set. You'll want to be properly attired for your new exercise routine. You could just throw on some old sweat pants and a T-shirt, but I think you'll be extra motivated if you get some gear just for your walks or runs. Have fun!
Please note you should get the green light from your doctor before beginning any new fitness program, especially if you have any existing health conditions.