The snow is [mostly] gone, the sun is [usually] out, and the temperature is [slowly] improving. Yes we are going to start running more in workouts, but that is not what this month’s mindset is about. What I mean when I say Get Outside, is literally that. Get. Outside. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the United States (my personal opinion) so get out and enjoy it! Especially now, seeing as the gym is closed due to the pandemic.
We used to spend a lot of time in the gym to improve our fitness. We lifted weights, we ran and biked and rowed, and we got stronger and faster. But what is the point of going to the gym if you are not using your fitness for what is really important? Living life and playing with your friends, family, and loved ones. Yes, we all miss the gym, and it is important, but life is about so much more than your Fran time and how much you can back squat.
One of the tenants of Crossfit is to regularly learn and play new sports. This is a great reminder to get out and try new things, especially now that the weather is improving. Go for a run, or a bike ride, or play some socially distancing appropriate games with friends. Or just do something as simple as go for a walk during the afternoon with your dog or kids. Just being active outside is such a critical component of health for us, that many people do not take advantage of, with our typically sedentary (and mostly indoors) lifestyle.
One of the big benefits of being outside is the exposure to sunlight and the creation of vitamin D within our bodies (which then makes us feel so good – look it up if you don’t believe me). We have just survived another long winter and our bodies are starved of vitamin D. Coupled with the mental stress of being cooped up inside for several weeks, we need to incorporate all of the health benefits (mental and physical) of being outside in nature. Take your workout outside and enjoy the sun – and remember to wear sunscreen!
Your goal for this month will be to get outside at least once a day and do something active. Again, this could be as simple as taking a walk, or as complex as going for a run/bike/outside workout. But get outside and enjoy the weather!