Its springtime and the weather is changing for the better here in the northeast!
Everyone is outside and getting yard work done, watching the kids play, and exercising! The temperature change and sunlight are a breath of fresh air, to say the least! I can’t say enough about the benefits of being active outside, but this article is about why it’s so important to continue work on gaining cardio, strength, and flexibility indoors while simultaneously increasing activity outside.
Some substitution is more than acceptable but make sure you maintain at least 2 days utilizing the benefits of a structured gym routine. This structure can help show improvement in and out of the gym with your cardio, strength, and flexibility by seeing improvements in strength by weight lifted and volume of work in repetitions and sets performed.
The improvements in your strength will pay big dividends when hiking, biking or performing any outdoor activity that requires some strength and power output. You will be stronger when climbing hills and your connective tissues will thank you for it.
By utilizing structured cardio indoors, you can usually have feedback from consistent speed, incline, power output and heart rate readings on today’s treadmills, bikes, or rowers. You should be able to determine increased fitness with faster speeds and lower heart rates.
Seeing your measured improvements can also help give you the confidence to push the intensity a little more in your outdoor activities. For example, you may be able to increase your time of completion of a regular hike, walking, running or cycling route.
Lastly, by maintaining consistent flexibility training such as a yoga class, or a stretch and relax class, you can help to reduce overuse injuries by stretching those areas which have been getting extra activities outdoors. In closing, keep your indoor workouts to improve and stay injury free outdoors!
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-Guy C., Dedham Health & Athletic Complex