Outdoor Workouts

Fit For The Rain

Posted by on September 24, 2018 at 1:22 pm

After enjoying a wonderful summer, we’re probably all bracing for the rainy season. So how do you stay fit, when it’s rainy and cold? Many people notice that their activity levels take a nose dive during the rainy season and most tend to gain weight. The lack of sunlight during the rainy months often leads to many people experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the Rainy Blues. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. Follow these tips to feel great and stay in fabulous shape during the months of rain on our horizon.

SMART Gear

There’s no bad weather, only bad gear. If you are wearing the correct clothing, you can still get outdoors when it’s cold and wet without feeling miserable.  Not only will you keep your fitness routine going, but being outdoors even if it’s cloudy and rainy, still exposes you to some levels of daylight, UV Rays and Vitamin D and will help to prevent SAD. So head to your local sporting goods retailer to get some warm and waterproof clothing.

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Use The Outdoors to Calm Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Posted by on July 20, 2018 at 8:01 am

Feeling stressed out is common to most people. Many of us spend our days running from appointment to appointment, trying to meet deadlines and tackle never-ending to-do lists. We are all craving a sense of calm and peace and more people are starting to practice yoga, tai chai and other forms of meditative exercise to help manage their ever increasing stress level.

Meditation and mindful exercise have been credited with reducing stress and helping to manage anger and depression, improving muscular strength, flexibility, balance and coordination, enhancing cardiovascular health, increasing self-awareness, self-efficacy and personal empowerment, decreasing pain, reducing blood pressure, improving lipid profile, improving bone mineral density, improving pulmonary function and more…” That’s a long list of benefits!

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Fitness Camping

Posted by on July 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Working out while you’re camping (Fitness Camping) might not be the first thing on your mind when you’re enjoying your campsite but just because you’re camping doesn’t mean your workouts have to take a sabbatical. The good news is you can give your body an amazing workout while camping with no equipment whatsoever. There are literally hundreds of exercises you can do anywhere to challenge all muscles and fitness components. So, as we tell our clients, no excuses! Here are some ideas to help you stay on track: Read more on Fitness Camping…

Look Outside For Your Gym

Posted by on July 3, 2018 at 3:38 pm

35720456_10156423236973607_7849563336332017664_nWhen the weather is amazing, take advantage of it and get your workout in while enjoying the beauty and fresh air. No Gym = No Problem. The outdoors can be your gym!

Here’s some things to look for when you’re outside that equate to an incredible full body workout. Read more on Look Outside For Your Gym…

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Posted by on June 26, 2018 at 8:10 am

If you are looking for a new summer activity, here are the Top 10 reasons why you should give Stand-up Paddleboarding, otherwise known as SUP, a try.

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Racing and Training in the HEAT

Posted by on July 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm

We just returned from Pacific Crest event in Sunriver where thousands of athletes were racing Endurance events including the 72.3 BEASTMAN, Olympic and Sprint Triathlons, Marathon, Half Marathon, 25K Trail Run and more in excessive heat with temperatures above 90 degrees! Most got to the finish line so we thought we’d share some tips that helped them endure that may also help you stay on track with your fitness routine during these warm days!

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OPT OUTDOORS – Amazing benefits of exercising outside

Posted by on May 22, 2017 at 7:35 pm

A18275241_10154325949636946_8046380314118133113_ns the days are getting longer and warmer, it’s much easier to find the motivation to get outside and walk, cycle, hike the trails or workout at the park. Taking that initiative to #OPTOUTDOORS may provide even more health benefits than you thought!

Here’s some interesting side effects of exercising in the elements:

  1. Exercising outdoors is good for your body AND your mind! One study found that outdoor exercise was associated with increased energy as well as decreased anger and depression as compared to indoor exercise.
  2. Exercising outdoors may increase your consistency! Outdoor exercisers reported enjoying their workouts more and said they were more likely to repeat the workouts than those exercising indoors. Another study found subjects reaped more benefits from outdoor workouts and were significantly more likely to adhere to their training programs than those who did their exercise indoors.
  3. Exercising outdoors may boost self-esteem! One study found that working out in nature can improve self-esteem Furthermore, researchers found that low-intensity exercise outdoors had the biggest positive effects so you don’t have to go hard to reap the benefits.
  4. Exercising outdoors provides the benefits of Vitamin D! Exposure to sunlight is critical to Vitamin D production which is important to our overall health and functioning and can help you sleep better, improve your immunity and increase endorphins – those feel-good hormones!
  5. Exercising outdoors can burn more calories and provide more physiological benefits! Running on a treadmill or cycling on a bike is just not the same as doing the real thing. When you have to deal with different terrain, elevation and wind, your body is going to have to work harder!

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Spring Time Tune-Up

Posted by on February 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm

15873399_1383106268387591_1782205216556697909_nSpring is just around the corner and as the days get longer and the weather gets nicer, it inspires many to ramp things up and do a little health and fitness makeover or Spring Cleaning for your body so to speak.

Here’s a few easy tips that you can slowly adopt over the next month so you start to look and feel your best for spring and summer. Read more on Spring Time Tune-Up…

Get Outdoors & Fall Into Fitness

Posted by on September 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm

September and October often tend to be the best months to explore the outdoors here in the Northwest. It tends to not be too hot, or too cold, the rainy season hasn’t set in yet and the colors as the leaves change are absolutely spectacular!

Plus, the fall season often inspires people to ‘turn over a new leaf’ so to speak! Kids are back in school, summer holidays are over and we may be feeling the effect of too many BBQs and are ready to make our health and fitness a priority! Read more on Get Outdoors & Fall Into Fitness…

Summer QuickFix 10 Minute Workouts – Week Seven

Posted by on September 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm

This is our last Summer QuickFix 10 minute workout option. But good news – these workouts work in the fall and all year-long too! Whenever you are really busy and can’t get to the gym or just don’t have a ton of time, pull out one of the seven 10 minute workout options and if you work it hard, it can be highly effective!

Week 1 QuickFix Workout
Week 2 QuickFix Workout
Week 3 QuickFix Workout
Week 4 QuickFix Workout
Week 5 QuickFix Workout
Week 6 QuickFix Workout

Complete each of the following 3 exercises for one minute each with a 30 second rest at the end of each of the 3 exercises. Then do it again 2 more times for a total of 10 minutes. Remember to take a few minutes to warm-up and cool-down and feel free to take breaks if you can’t make it one minute without stopping. Never sacrifice quality for quantity! These 10 minute workouts will provide you with a number of full body workouts that can provide fabulous results when done consistently.

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