Outdoor Training for Spring
Carlos Salas | April 13, 2018
Well, it’s that time of the year when the weather suddenly decides to go through a bipolar crisis without warning. In the morning, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. By the afternoon, there’s snow everywhere, a gloomy feeling in the city, and the desire to stay home and do nothing. So how do you find time for outdoor training?
If you’re like me, you’re probably itching for some more predictable weather. The kind that lets you be a normal human being and enjoy the pleasures of the outdoors and not a hibernating moody creature no one wants to see.
This time of the year is the perfect time to start training your body and your mind for the months ahead…the summer!! A time in which barbecues, patios and, of course, outdoor workouts finally become an attainable reality.
WHY DO I LIKE TRAINING OUTSIDE?
I think it all started when I was a kid. Back home in Venezuela, we suffer from a lot of power outages As a result, being outdoors was more of a survival skill against boredom than anything else. I’d climb trees, ride my bike around the neighbourhood, and play any kind of made up sport in any patch of land.
Now that I’m “grown-up”, I’ve discovered that I actually just loved being outdoors. Since the weather in Venezuela was always nice, I kind of took it for granted.
WHAT TYPE OF WORKOUTS DO I DO?
There are a few types of workouts I like to do once I’m able to stay outside without freezing my soul.
Whether you like nature or not, hiking is one of those things that will force you to appreciate what the world has to offer. From the simple fact that you can take yourself away from your regular environment and explore completely new surroundings, to simply breathing fresher air than in the city, hiking is great for anyone. It’s honestly one of the best ways to low-key stay super fit! Why? Because it’s a low impact cardio that, depending on the frequency and difficulty of it, can help you increase endurance and strength.
The next type of exercise is jogging and man… I hate jogging/running/sprinting but the benefits trump all that. I try to fit in at least 2 runs per week once the weather lets me.
One of the things that help me get over my dislike for running is that I try to make it as fun as possible. When I go jogging, I take it as a time to enjoy a new playlist, explore a new route, and simply listen to my body. If I feel like I want to stop then I’ll stop, and if I feel like I want to go harder I’ll go harder. After a few weeks, I can feel the benefits of jogging when my workouts become a bit easier and I feel like my stamina imroves.
I can’t talk about outdoor activities without mentioning my favourite of all. That is, of course, Calisthenics! If it’s the first time you’ve heard about this, don’t feel bad. Lots of people are still trying to figure out how to even pronounce it. Calisthenics is basically bodyweight exercises and functional movements. Anything that uses your own bodyweight to achieve physical fitness counts as calisthenics.
I love spending time in outdoor workout parks that have monkey bars, pull up setups, parallels and benches. There are infinite exercises and moves that you can do with that little bit of equipment and your body to not only get crazy strong but also tone up and get a wicked tan. I’ve been doing this for over 5 years and can’t get enough of it. My body craves movement, but specifically it craves calisthenics. The idea of being able to workout outside, blast music and usually with a group – either friends and other fitness enthusiasts – is something that keeps me coming back to this type of training and will keep me coming to it forever.
The reality is that Spring is that time of the year in which everything seems to come back to life. If you’ve felt like the Winter was rough to you or simply want to take advantage of the opportunities that this weather can bring, I suggest you do ANY activity outdoors. The sun, fresh air and energy of this time of the year will fill you up and make you feel more productive, happier and healthier. Whether it’s biking, hiking, fishing, jogging or calisthenics, make sure that you enjoy it at the max. Being healthy shouldn’t be a chore but rather something that we all practice daily to make ourselves live our best life!