Take Your Workout Outside in Melrose and Medford

Spring showers have finally started to cease and the summer months are upon us. After being indoors all winter you’re probably in the mood to get some sun and air. Here are five fun ways to take your workout outdoors, plus tips and directions for getting it done if you live in and around Melrose and Medford.

Hiking

There are plenty of beautiful parks and trails in the Melrose, Medford and Boston area. Make it a social event and take a friend or go at it solo (or bring your dog!) Looking for a park in the area? Check out the Middlesex Fells Reservation Department of Conservation website here. Traillink.com also has a great list of trails and maps for you to use.

Go for a jog.

For some, jogging seems like a far-fetched idea – especially if you have never been an active or fit person. Never fear! When you feel up to it (always consult your physician before starting any new exercise program), after weight loss surgery you can start slowly and then add longer distances as you become more comfortable. If you have a smartphone, you can download an app to help you get started, track your distance and times, find trails, log calories burned and more. This 5K app was featured in CNN.com, Boston.com’s lifestyle-health section and in Health Magazine. It helps you train just three days a week with an easy-to-use beginner run/walk program. In just eight short weeks you could be running a full 5K or 3.1 miles without stopping!

Near a beach? Hit it!

Sand workouts blast fat, burn calories and can get you into amazing shape. Try walking lunges, body weight squats and running forward or backward. Don’t forget to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and work up to your potential. Here’s a list of beaches near Medford with maps, descriptions and directions. Pack a high-protein lunch, call a few friends and plan for a fantastic day of fun in the sun.

Power-walking

It’s recommended by thousands of doctors and hundreds of studies tout its benefits. Additionally, when power-walking is done correctly, power-walking can melt away fat as quickly as running and sometimes even more quickly! Here’s a great article about walking for weight loss that will help you get started – from what to wear to tips and techniques to maximize your blast off to weight loss. So call a friend (or few), set a date, time and place and hit the trail.

Outdoor yoga

Tired of the same old mirrors and stuffy gym rooms? Invigorate your yoga routine with a little fresh air. Just pack a yoga matt, towel, bottle of water and sunscreen – especially if your practice will start or extend to times between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Your location will likely affect your mood, so choose one that is comfortable.

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