My house is a catastrophe right now. It looks like someone sneezed papers and mismatched socks everywhere. And just when the kids got back to school from Spring Break they have another holiday! I swear public schools and banks are off more than they are on. My goal is to find the furniture under the mess so my house will look like a Martha Stewart home in all of our Easter photos. Wish me luck with that.
As long as we’re talking about spring cleaning, this is a good time to switch up your cardio. Gyms are great for the winter but once the weather gets nice, why not try the great outdoors? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Run. Running is great because it requires nothing but a good pair of sneakers. If you would like tips on how to run faster, check this out: 5 Tips to Run Faster
2. Bike. You need more equipment for this, obviously, but it’s more fun to ride outside than on a stationary bike. Plus, I’ve been told that cycling gives you a great butt. Just sayin’. If you are wondering which helmet is best or where to find the proper shoes, check out this website: AllSeasonCyclist.com
3. SAQ Training. SAQ stands for Speed, Agility, and Quickness and it’s a type of interval training that is pretty fun and good for various populations. Athletes do these drills to become better at their chosen sport, non-athletes can do them for weight loss and there are even SAQ drills for seniors that help increase bone density, coordination and muscular power. Here is a Box Drill from my National Academy of Sports Medicine text book. (See – I’m multi-tasking by blogging and studying for my CPT exam at the same time!)
- Set up four cones in a square ten yards apart from each other.
- Sprint from cone 1 to cone 2
- Side Shuffle from cone 2 to cone 3
- Backpedal (run backwards) from cone 3 to cone 4
- Sprint from cone 4 back to cone 1
What are your favorite outdoor exercises?
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