Dallas, TX–You probably had more than your share of indoor workouts in the past few months. But with summer in full swing, working out in the great outdoors is a great way to change up your routine.
Explore the Area. Plenty of cities and towns have nearby parks and recreation areas that offer bike paths, walking/hiking paths or other opportunities for outdoor exercise. “Look at your environment and determine what kinds of activities you can do,” says CG Funk, vice president of industry relations and product development for Massage Envy, the leading provider of massage therapy in the U.S.
Some parks even have workout equipment for doing exercises like pull-ups and step-ups, says Funk. If the park in your neighborhood isn’t fully equipped get creative. Use the jungle gym to do various exercises like pull-ups. Just climbing around on a jungle gym is good exercise.
Don’t overlook the resources at local schools over the summer. “Run up and down the bleachers, use the track for running laps and the grassy areas for stretching,” Funk says.
Stay Home. If you have even a small yard, you can create your own outdoor gym. A medicine ball, some exercise bands and a jump rope are all you need to put you through the paces of a good, all around workout.
Go Beyond the Basics. Biking, swimming and tennis provide a great workout. But you can also find other kinds of summer fun. If you golf, skip the cart and walk briskly from hole to hole. Or carry your own clubs. Or, how about a nice sailboat ride? Participating in sailing the boat is vigorous exercise.
If walking is your thing, look for places to stop and do some body-weight exercises. Use a ledge or bench for step-ups, or do some push-ups in the park.
You can find plenty of other opportunities for physical activity, from planting flowers to washing your car— it all adds up. Most important, don’t waste a moment of the season.
Massage can also contribute to healthy living. In addition to relieving stress and encouraging relaxation, regular massage therapy can improve circulation, lower blood pressure, improve flexibility and even strengthen the immune system, all of which can positively contribute to overall fitness.
At Massage Envy, an introductory one-hour massage session (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $39. Memberships are available for $49 per month and include a one-hour massage session. Members may also enjoy unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate.
Log on to www.massageenvy.com to find the nearest Massage Envy clinic. There are 25 Massage Envy locations throughout the Metroplex and another three are scheduled to open soon. All are open seven days per week.