As the weather begins to warm up, spending time in the fresh air and sunshine is essential for both our physical and mental health. Doing outdoor activities can be a great way to integrate fitness into your routine, reconnect with nature, and get your daily dose of vitamin D. But if you already have an indoor workout routine, there’s no need to toss that form of fitness out the window completely in favor of the outdoors. Instead, learn how to integrate outdoor activities into your routine in a way that is synergistic and complements your indoor workouts.
Find a fitness buddy to hold each other accountable in your workouts and also get outdoors together as the weather warms up.
Jogging, swimming, walking, cycling, skating, paddleboarding, and hiking are all great ways to boost your activity level in the great outdoors. These types of activities are well-suited for endurance training, low-intensity steady-state workouts for long durations, or for your recovery days. Conversely, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is much more impactful on your Ergatta Rower as you can measure your specific intensities and manage rest times with more accountability. Aim for at least two days of high-intensity training through Race workouts or HIIT workouts in Meteor/Pulse to ensure you push yourself and stay accountable to your rest times. Then enjoy the outdoors by pursuing some longer form of endurance training or recovery workouts on your non-rowing days. Mixing up your workout modalities is beneficial not only for keeping your routine fresh, but also has added cross-training benefits as you utilize different muscles, ranges of motion, and motor patterns.
If allergies tend to put a damper on your outside plans, stock up on your go-to allergen relief methods to have on hand when the pollen count starts to rise.
Need some weekly workout planning inspiration? One Ergatta member took advantage of a short one to two hour hike early in the morning before work two times per week, then hopped on the Ergatta Rower right after their last work meeting of the day three times per week. I plan to use Ergatta Monday through Friday for consistency and convenience, and then take advantage of the warmer weather by traveling to mountains to hike or lakes to paddleboard as a half-day activity on the weekends. How will you plan on getting outside and active this spring?