Monday, August 10, 2020

Outside Activities to Keep Healthy and Active During This Crazy Time - See what Lexi at Tonicity Fit of West Chester has to say!

Staying active doesn't just mean going to the gym or working out once or twice a week. It could mean going for a neighborhood jog or walking to places close to you instead of driving. It could mean taking the stairs instead of the elevator. It could mean playing with your children instead of watching a movie with them. 

One of the best ways to stay active is to go outside. It is very beneficial to connect with nature and to get your body moving EVERYDAY! There are many reasons why going outside is beneficial to your health. Not only are there physical benefits of exercising outside, but mental wellness benefits as well. Going outside for 30 minutes a day increases serotonin levels and decreases cortisol (a hormone often used for a marker for stress). Taking a break from a desk job and going outside can also help with overall concentration. Spending time outdoors has been known to be healing to your brain and body.

If this pandemic has taught me anything, it is to slow down. I don't know about you, but trying to fit in exercise with a full-time job and still have family time is a struggle! I have personally learned to slow down by reconnecting with nature. Many parents often tell their high energy children to go outside-- so why don’t we do the same for ourselves? Going outside has limitless possibilities for creativity. Whether it is creating a new game, discovering a new plant or bug, finding a new fun form of entertainment or exercise, we need to remind ourselves as adults to go outside and play!

One way in which you can reap the benefits of exercising outside is to attend an outdoor workout class. Here at Tonicity Fit LLC, we offer great outdoor workout sessions! (All of these classes and their descriptions can be found on Zen Planner.) Our outdoor sessions include Outdoor Cardio Condition, Outdoor Body Attack, and Outdoor Body Combat. All of the classes incorporate HIIT to get your heart rate moving while enjoying the outdoors. Whether you are a nature lover or stuck inside at a desk all day, our outdoor classes are an amazing way to stay fit!

As an addition to our outdoor classes, there are many different places in and around West Chester that offer different activities such as riding bikes, swimming, kayaking, hiking, running, fishing, and so much more. Get fit, get sunshine, and support local businesses! 

Make the active choice this week to spend more time outside whether it's by yourself, with friends, family, or pets! Below are some great additional resources about the benefits of being outside: 

Enjoy your week and remember to ~Breathe~

About Lexi Heckman:  

Lexi Heckman is a certified personal trainer at  Tonicity Fit Personal training Studio in West Chester.  Lexi has a strong love for health and wellness as well as helping others. She has worked within the fitness industry for 5+ years. Working as a recreation attendant, teaching fitness classes and later becoming a facilities supervisor and team leader. She found her love for fitness while working at the recreation center at West Chester University. There she changed her major to reflect that passion and recently completed her undergraduate degree.
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