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Running Tips: Take It Outdoors

I’m willing to bet that some of you are still having nightmares of all of the snow from this winter! Didn’t it seem like the snow might not ever go away?With all of that snow, what’s a runner to do? Head to the gym of course. Local gyms certainly had their work cut out for them, as suddenly tread mills and other exercise equipment were in high demand! But finally, SPRING HAS SPRUNG! And although we love the benefits of an indoor workout, there’s nothing like the great outdoors! So before we enter the ‘dog days of summer,’ trade in some of your regular gym sessions and go for some outdoor fun!

Recent studies suggest that even just a few minutes outdoors can have a positive impact on your mind, body, and soul. Build your self-esteem, give your mood a boost, and increase your overall lifespan just by spending a few minutes a day outside. Not to mention, you are doing everything you can to “go green” right?? Help out the environment by limiting your use of machines and head outside for your next run…feel the breeze, smell the fresh air, check out the trees…all along the way. Don’t worry; outdoor activities are not limited to runners! Need some outdoor activity ideas?? Try working on a garden, take a stroll through your area zoo, walk to the grocery store, or even play hide and seek with the kids. No matter what your activity, take advantage of the GREAT OUTDOORS!

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