Summer is the perfect time to engage in outdoor activities, as there are so many options available in this area. The Department of Conservation and Recreation runs over 80 hiking trails across the state, as well as multiple pools and other recreational facilities. For those employees who live or work in and around Boston, there are also numerous free fitness classes happening all across the area, all summer long. This list, sent to me by EOHHS Wellness Champion Georgette Tanner, provides a great overview of all the free exercises classes and events in the area; if you’re looking to add something new to your exercise routine, I’d definitely recommend checking out at least one of these classes.
For those of you who want to change up your workouts but are pressed for time or are unable to make it to one of the Boston-area events, I have some good news: you can add extra activity to your day without even feeling like you’re doing so. Here are some easy, and free, strategies to burn calories and take advantage of the nice weather at the same time:
- If you take public transportation, get off the subway or bus a few stops early
- Walk to do errands close by instead of driving
- Skip the movie theater this weekend in favor of an outdoor activity like mini-golf
- Garden/do yard work
- Mow the lawn – with a push mower
- Walk around your local farmers’ market – you’ll get some exercise and have the opportunity to pick up some fresh, local fruits and veggies
Always take care to stay hydrated whenever you exercise outside, especially if the temperature is greater than 90°. And remember that no matter how you choose to be active this summer, getting up and moving is always a better calorie-burner than sitting down.