With the change in season from winter to spring, now’s the time to look at moving your workout from inside to outside.
Instead of working out on a stationery bike or a treadmill, go outside and ride a bike or go for a run. Another option is to take a book camp-style workout outside.
Personal fitness trainer Daniel A. Ortiz of Waxahachie said he often takes his clients to Getzendaner Park for workouts that include running, hills, step ups onto a bench, plyometrics (jumping exercises) and sprints.
“You can take a set of 5-pound barbells and you can do curls, overhead presses, tricep extensions, dumbbell rows, stiff leg deadlifts and lunge work,” said Ortiz, who’s based out of the Lord’s Gym in Waxahachie and also works with Larry North.
Ortiz describes outside temperatures of from 50 to 60 degrees as “ideal” for working out.
“You’re not too hot or too cold,” he said. “Once your body warms up, 50 to 60 degrees feels great."
Besides the physical benefits of working outside, there are mental benefits as well.
“It’s definitely good to take the break,” Ortiz said, noting it’s easy to get into the habit of doing the same routine over and over. Taking your exercise program outside not only stimulates you mentally it also shocks the body with something it’s not accustomed to doing.
“The whole point of working out, to keep making progress and gains, is to constantly adjust your workouts,” he said. “When you do that, your body has to adjust.”
Ortiz changes up his clients’ workouts by taking them outside at times – he’ll even take his classes outside on occasion.
The change in scenery helps by keeping his clients from becoming bored, he said.
“There’s no reason at all, whatsoever, that anybody should have their workouts in a gym 100 percent of the time,” he said. “They can go jogging, walking, biking outside, take a boot camp outside. They also can do those fun runs and 5Ks or bike runs.
“It’s a good break, mentally and physically,” he said. “Another plus is that you can figure out what you’re not so good at. If you’re training in a specific pattern or program, the body adapts to that one regimen. It’s not the same to ride a stationery bike in a gym and then go outside and ride a bike. It’s not the same to run on a treadmill and then go outside. It’s the same motion, yes, but it’s not the same workout.”
There are several safety considerations, Ortiz said, advising that people riding bicycles wear a helmet and reflective gear – and check over your clothing to make sure nothing can get caught up in a tire chain. If listening to music and wearing earphones, don’t have the volume turned up so loud you don’t hear traffic or someone coming up from behind. Be sure and take a water bottle along – and watch out for dogs.
“Figure out your route ahead of time and don’t bike or run in unfamiliar neighborhoods,” Ortiz said.
“Get outside and move around. Get outside and move,” he said. “Your workouts will become a lot more enjoyable and you’ll avoid the mindset that you don’t want to go to the gym today.
“Mix up your workouts so they’re not all inside or not all outside. You’re going to get a lot better results that way because it constantly causes your body to adapt,” he said.
For more information on personal fitness, e-mail Ortiz at Daniel@daofsff.com, visit online at www.daofsff.com or stop by the Lord’s Gym in Waxahachie.
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