Creating an outdoor fitness routine in Omaha is easier than you think, and the timing couldn’t be better with nicer weather and longer days! Outdoor fitness often requires little gear and no membership fees, making the switch from indoor to out easy on the pocketbook. Consider the following activities and tips and consult with a personal trainer to help design different exercise workouts for an outdoor fitness plan that will put a spring your step.

Exercise workouts geared for Mother Nature:

  • Walking is a lifetime activity that you can do anywhere. It improves cardiovascular endurance and because it’s a weight-bearing exercise it strengthens your bones.
  • Running, Jogging and Hiking will amp up a walking routine. The benefits of walking apply, but you’ll burn more calories. Nature trails make an ideal setting.
  • Cycling or Mountain Biking allows you to really explore while targeting different muscles.
  • Swimming is a cool warm-day workout that’s easy on the joints, while providing a cardiovascular workout that tones arms and legs.
  • Kayaking/Canoeing are water sports that when done correctly, provide a scenic way to work your core and upper body.
  • Yoga can challenge your body’s strength just about anywhere. Have a personal trainer create a yoga routine for the backyard, beach or forest!

Consider these tips to make the transition to outdoor exercise workouts smooth:

  • Go with someone: Use Meetup http://outdoor-fitness.meetup.com/ to find out what’s happening in your neck of the woods or create your own group.
  • Explore a park or natural area: Contact your parks department to learn places to recreate and rentals available.
  • Time of day: The most intense sun is from 10AM to 3PM, try planning your workouts around these times.
  • Allergies: If you are affected by allergies, avoid activities that require huffing and puffing on days with a high pollen count. Try swimming or yoga instead.
  • Hydration: Hydrate before, during and after outdoor fitness.
  • Sunscreen: Regardless of the weather, wear sunscreen that is 30 SPF or higher, has broad spectrum protection and is water resistant.
  • Dress for fitness:  Wear light colored, loose fitting clothes; think breathable layers.
  • Bug repellent: Peak mosquito times are dawn and dusk, when it’s the coolest, so you’ll want to wear insect repellent.
  • Personal safety: If you’re exercising alone, inform someone of your plans (destination and times.)  At night, wear reflective clothing.

Talk with your personal trainer or with Jacey, at Fitness and Beyond, for more outdoor fitness ideas/exercises in Omaha, NE and around the country. Contact her at 402-502-2729 or visit her website at http://fitnessandbeyondomaha.com/.