Exercise, The Great Outdoors

Nature is the New Gym

This weekend I had a chance to go kayaking and really take advantage of the river running through downtown Austin. While I normally workout at a gym, I love to get outside during the weekends and the water is my favorite means for it.

We got out on the lake around 5:30 pm, just as the weather started to cool down. The river was slightly windy but extremely peaceful. There is an abundance of wildlife out on the river ranging from turtles to herons, and I find that it is a great way for me to ground myself and slow my mind down. I find that emerging yourself in nature, even for just 10 minutes, is essential not only for the mind but for the soul as well. I truly believe we are all deeply rooted to the earth and we tend to forget that we need to connect and charge back up. This can be as simple as standing outside barefoot in the grass.

Kayaking has not only been a great way for me to relax, but also a way to get some exercise. Kayaking builds strength and flexibility while encouraging weight loss, about 400 calories an hour. It works your arms, abs, shoulders, back and chest, with low impact, so you do not have to worry about injuring yourself.

Have I mentioned the most important part? Kayaking is super fun! And as I always say, make your workout something your enjoy. No need to torture yourself in a gym when nature provides you so many means to get active.

How do you use nature as your gym?

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  • Reply Freemont Dillard September 8, 2011 at 1:36 am

    I love working out outside, but I live in the city. The parks are great but they dont really supply ample room for a good run, or walk. Any stationary workouts you can suggest so I can still soak in some nature?

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