4 Outdoor Spring Exercise Activities

Words by Holly Tomlinson

Ah, springtime. That joyous season of sunshine, rain, warmer weather, and blooming flowers. This year, it’s time to make the most of the warm temperatures and ample sunshine by taking your workout routine outdoors. Sure, you can get some serious grinding on in the gym, but if the weather’s nice, why not take advantage?

In this post, we’ll cover four of the best ways you can get outdoors this spring while still hitting those fitness milestones you promised yourself when you made your New Year’s resolution back in January. Let’s take a closer look.

Trail running

If you’re used to running on city streets, or maybe even an indoor treadmill at the gym, you may be yearning for something to change it up just a little bit. That’s where trail running comes in. It’s all the fun, heart-racing cardio of regular running, but you do it on a gorgeous nature trail! This is a great way to get in that workout while also enjoying beautiful weather, listening to the birds, and taking in the sights of all those springtime blooms. What do you need to get started? It’s pretty simple:

  • Trail running shoes are a must, as they come equipped with trail-gripping rubber lugs that you’ll need for traction on slippery terrain.
  • Running shorts are a plus, as longer shorts can get caught on your knees and impede your running.
  • It’s a good idea to bring a small backpack so you can pack in water and a snack; you don’t want to spend time in the outdoors without at least water just in case.

If running’s not your thing, don’t worry – there are more options.

Biking

Biking is one of the most fun, efficient, end eco-friendly workouts around! And the good news is that you can even combine your morning and afternoon commute with a sweet bike ride if you’re extra strapped for time. But did you know that there are a few different kinds of biking and different bikes to go with them? It’s true. These are just a few of the options:

  • Road bikes are good for speed demons who want to tear up the streets and go the distance. If you’re trying to bike over 10 miles for your workouts, you’ll definitely want to invest in a road bike.
  • Mountain bikes are made for rough and tumble trails, and come equipped with rider, grippier tires, serious shock absorbers and suspension, and a tactical build to enhance performance on rough trails.
  • Commuter bikes incorporate some of the slick speediness of road bikes with some of the endurance and shock-absorbing abilities of mountain bikes. They’re made for cross-town runs that might include a few potholes and rough curbs.

Looking for something other than cardio? Read on!

Park workouts

Did you know that lots of public parks have awesome workout equipment that you can use totally for free? It’s true! Whether you’re interested in classic calisthenics or you’re looking for an intense lifting session, it’s likely that nearby parks will have decent options. These include:

  • Pull-up bars for an intense workout that gets your biceps, triceps, shoulders, and neck muscles moving and growing.
  • Sit-up benches, so you can start working on those abs you promised the wife by Labor Day.
  • Pushup and blank benches, ideal for getting maxed-out pecs, biceps, and triceps.

Many parks also have running tracks you can use, so don’t be afraid to try that out if running on a springy and consistent surface is your thing!

Kayaking

Are you more the adventuring type? Well, we’ve got a great idea for you: kayaking. This awesome outdoor watersport is perfect for those who want a serious upper-body and ab workout while also taking in the gorgeous sights of nature, whether that’s on a lake, a river, or out in the wide-open ocean. Here are the basics you’ll need for an awesome kayaking workout:

  • A kayak – this is pretty obvious, but you might not know where to get one. They’re available for purchase at outdoor retailers, but you can also often rent them from some retailers as well as at stores near the body of water you’ll be using.
  • A helmet – don’t get caught in a rogue wave without a helmet. It’s important to protect your noggin from random debris in the water, as well as from your paddles.
  • A life jacket – even if you know how to swim, a life jacket will make survival that much easier. Don’t get caught without one!

Those are our ideas for outdoor workouts this spring! Let us know what you end up choosing to change up your routine!

CALIBER Online Coaches

Many fathers and their families are looking to get in shape but they are in need some extra support and guidance. CALIBER offers 1-on-1 online fitness coaching with expert personal trainers. With a primary focus on strength training, CALIBER online coaches help their clients transform into the best, strongest versions of themselves – both inside and outside of the gym.

CALIBER coaches design fully customized workout and nutrition programs based on their client’s goals and preferences. All training takes place via the CALIBER app, and members can reach out to their trainers anytime with the tap of a button. In addition, CALIBER coaches regularly do comprehensive progress reviews for their clients, and adjust their fitness programs to keep them on track for amazing results. CALIBER has helped thousands of men and women from all over the world achieve their fitness goals faster than they ever thought possible. [Read more…]

Recap Video: 2019 Fit Fathers Day Celebration

Father’s Day in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area was elevated by Fit Fathers for the 6th consecutive year with exercise, laughter, dance, music and fun. We bring dads and father figures together to demonstrate the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. Enjoy the video recap!

Fit Fathers Day Video: Lead by Example, So your Child Becomes the Example!

On Father’s Day enjoy at least one hour of energetic activities with your family and friends such as a 5K run, biking, hiking, ball games or a simple walk through the park with nature. Or join us at Fit Fathers Day if you are in the Maryland, DC or Virginia area. After Fit Fathers Day, dads should be inspired to motivate their kids with daily exercise and education to replace non-foods that destroy such as fries, cookies and soda with fruits, veggies, nuts, water and homemade smoothies. They will also be empowered to cook more meals at home and exercise more often. So join us by taking the Fit Fathers pledge and following our simple steps to leading your family towards a healthier lifestyle. Remember, stay active, eat clean and continuously energize life!

Free Fitness Festival Brings Men and Families Together in Transformational Fashion

The 6th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration Continues to Build New Traditions for Father’s Day in the DC, Maryland and Virginia Area

 

Silver Spring, MD – The Fit Fathers Foundation has announced the 6th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration, which will take place at Veterans Plaza at 8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD on Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The free event geared towards family members of all ages and fitness levels encourages positive health and wellness habits through group exercises, energetic music, fitness games and informational health demonstrations. [Read more…]

The Ethiopian Experience: Trekking the Highlands of Lalibela

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Selam, and welcome to “the origin,” the African nation that has never been colonized by Europeans. Look up The Battle of Adwa where King Menelik II defeated the Italians in an epic sequence of historical consequence. So finally, after years of research, readings, teachings and listening to roots reggae rhythms epitomizing The Promised Land, I finally took the requisite steps needed for a transformative Ethiopian experience as part of my 6th Annual Nomadic Journey in Addis Ababa and Lalibela.

I ventured to Ethiopia for its strength, Abyssinian culture, veggie injera meals, traditional Eskista shoulder dance up close and to breathe with deep spirit from the highlands of Lalibela. I began the excursion upon landing into Addis Ababa, the capital and largest city of Ethiopia, while enjoying many of the historic sites including the National Museum of Ethiopia, Ethiopian National Theatre, Ethnological Museum, the Red Terror Martyr’s Museum, Menelik Palace in the Entoto Hills and the Historic Kidist Selassie Cathedral which is the highest-ranking Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the city. Sarcastically, I was also also looking for freedom fighting singer Teddy Afro, the Bob Marley of Ethiopia. Listen to any one of his classics and you will be become an instant devotee. Trust me! [Read more…]

Plant-Based Weight Loss: Maximize Your Exercise Plan

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When it comes to losing weight, the classic formula has long been to “eat less and exercise more.” Yet, people often overestimate how many calories they have burned through exercise while underestimating how many calories they are consuming in a given meal. On top of that, research has shown that vigorous exercise tends to increase our appetites, leading us to consume more calories than we otherwise would. Thus, if your only goal is shedding pounds, your first priority should always be a healthy diet–specifically, a whole food, plant-based diet that is packed with nutrients but lower in calories. (Scientists now know that getting enough sleep plays an essential role as well.) [Read more…]

Plant-Powered Workout: Eating Around Your Exercise Schedule

 When your body is well fueled and hydrated, you will perform at your best. All too often recreational exercisers and runners mistakenly follow a nutrition plan that’s too low in energy, with the thought that it’s better to cut back on calories and not run the risk of gaining weight. However, it’s important to remember that your body requires energy (calories) in order to maintain muscle mass, enhance the immune system, and ensure proper growth and repair. Let’s recall the three main categories of macronutrients:
  • Carbohydrates (the foundation of the sports diet)
  • Protein (for muscle growth and repair)
  • Fat (for flavor and satiety)

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Travel Fitness in Music City!

I know I know, people visiting Nashville — whether it’s business or pleasure — may not have fitness engagement at the top of their list when there are numerous Honkey Tonks to visit along with the boatload of historic sites and museums. Yet, I always say there are no excuses when it comes to treating your body like a temple!

So fortunately for locals and visitors Nashville is ripe with fitness activities such as running areas like the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Cumberland River. Since I Always pack running shoes on business trips I popped up early and jogged from my downtown hotel to Nissan Stadium located on the east bank of the river. The roundtrip exercise was around four miles and gave me enough time to prepare for business meetings. On day two I was pleased to discover CYCLEBAR (The Gulch) which was close to where I was staying. The 7:30am class was packed and the vibe was energetic. I was feeling so refreshed afterwards. Trust me, there is no better way to start your day like an hour of cardio or HIIT.

Of course Nashville is also bustling with hip vegan restaurants so replenishing with organic vegan fuel was not a problem. Positive vibrations, happy people and various channels to release energy created a great equation for my health enhancement. I look forward to a return to Music City!

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Monday Mile with Your Peers

Take the first step! This Monday, organize a Monday Mile with your peers. It’s a good opportunity to exercise, meet new people, see old faces, and catch up!

Exercising in a group can improve the community’s motivation, socialization, and safety.  Walking or jogging is for all fitness levels and is one of the simplest exercises anyone can do, with potential benefits that include strengthening muscles, improving cardiovascular health, boosting the immune system, and benefiting overall mental well-being.

Beat the routine of exercise together and make the decision to be healthier. The best part – all that’s needed to walk or jog a Monday Mile is a pair of sneakers! [Read more…]