By Magda Wilk
Spring is finally in the air, and most of us have been stuck indoors for way too long. Spring signifies the beginning of new life, a new awakening, and naturally, it is the perfect time to start adding fun new ways of working out to your regular routine. After months and months of training in gyms and indoors, (especially if you are from Canada or other countries with long and cold winters) it is time for a change! Have you ever tried working out in the park or on a beach? Personally, I love it! The fresh air, being surrounded by nature, a light breeze on your face cooling you down, not to mention the warmth of the sun, which will make you feel stronger, more motivated, and overall more happy. Plus, there are several studies that prove there are amazing additional benefits to outdoor training. Here are a few:
Vitamin D – It’s always a good idea to be aware of harmful UV rays, but vitamin D is very beneficial. It increases calcium absorption, strengthens bones and improves our immune system.
Increase of endorphins – Exposure to sunlight helps boost serotonin levels. Being out in the fresh air increases alertness and improves mental performance because the brain has much more to process, such as your new and changing surroundings.
Sometimes all you need is your own body for a weight training routine. Other times, you may choose to go for a bike ride or run. This time, however, I brought a pair of dumbbells with me for an awesome, outdoor, full body workout. Dumbbells are easy to pack and bring with you for a fun, intense outdoor workout. I even consider carrying your packed weights in and out of your car as a warm up!
Watch my video and follow my workout.
weight used: 15-35 lbs, adjust to your personal needs
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Magda Wilk is an International Federation of Body Building (IFBB) pro-figure athlete, Natural Universe title winner (2006, 2007), and instructor at the Clarity Centre in Oakville, Ontario. She is the founder, with her husband, of Wilk Fitness Vacations.