Maintaining a regular work out routine is a great way to refuel your energy, stay on top of your wellness, and find that coveted healthy life balance. No matter how many times we may repeat these reminders to ourselves, the occasional (or not-so-occasional) work out funk is inevitable. If you’re in need of a little extra inspiration to get moving, read on to find out why it’s important to get outside and keep up that exercise routine, and how to make the most of it.
So tell me again, why exactly should I care so much about exercising, ideally outside?
- The benefits of regular workouts are loud and clear: stronger bones, stronger muscles, healthy hearts and happy brains.
- Spending time outdoors is another must for various reasons. Perhaps now more than ever, it’s incredibly important to check all the boxes when it comes to overall health, body and soul.
- Last but not least, don’t forget the importance of recovery and relaxation. The often-forgotten keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
FIND A NEW ROUTINE
It’s easy to say you’ll begin building some healthy habits next month or this summer or after the new year. We say make it happen now. Today. Or tomorrow. Start small, start big – it makes no difference, just start somewhere.
A healthy lifestyle includes working your body regularly. You’ll need a mindset of “a marathon, not a sprint” race. Think of it as an important part of your life, an act of self-care, and not something tedious you’d rather not do. Feel good about it! This should never be about how you look, but about how you feel. Do you feel strong? Capable? Brave? Flexible? All of these areas need maintenance. The best time to start a new routine is right now. All workouts count, including walking, jogging, marathons, weightlifting, cardio, surfing, boxing, yoga and pilates, and everything in between. Go chase that post-workout serotonin. A happy body helps sustain a happy mind.
LET’S GO OUTSIDE
If you are as tired of “these unprecedented times” as the rest of us, just keep in mind we are not in the clear yet. That's why taking advantage of the outdoors when working on your health is a wise investment. Workouts in nature are a lot better than in a cramped gym when it comes to steering clear of infections and viruses. By going outside, you also get a dose of vitamin D while working your muscles – that’s two perks for the price of one. Spending time in nature can also improve immune, cardiovascular and respiratory function.
FIND YOUR INSPIRATION
Don’t do it alone. Be inspired by others, find your tribe and tap into the powers of community. Learning from the best is also a sure way of getting the knowledge you lack and the tools you need. We checked in with our good friend Scott Burnhard, @scott_burnhard on Instagram, to hear his thoughts on health and wellness. Scott, what does wellness mean to you?
Wellness to me is an active process of becoming aware of who I am and consistently making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life for myself and my family.
Q. What is a daily wellness routine you have that you couldn't live without?
I personally feel like I couldn't live without meditation / meditating really puts my mind at ease, it helps me focus and improves my overall performance.
Q. If you had to give one tip on maintaining well-being from the inside out, what would it be?
One tip would be to focus on being the best version of yourself every single day and keep on improving as you go along.
Q. How has your approach to wellness changed during this ""new normal?""
Well, quite honestly, on a personal level, nothing has really changed for me as far as the new normal. I was always someone who advocated for calisthenics, body weight workouts – no gym, no problem. I utilized parks and home workouts to keep physically fit. I have always advocated for using herbs and nutrition to heal and mend one's body. So I guess my change in lifestyle 3 years ago when I became vegan prepared me for this new normal.
Q. With the booming business that wellness is these days, how do you determine what's important for you and what is perhaps a mere ""trend?""
I listen to my body. For me, it's understanding how a product makes me feel and sticking to all-natural, original products that will add value to my life in general.
MAKE TIME FOR RECOVERY
One thing all kinds of exercise have in common is the importance of recovery and rest. Stretching after a hard-core gym session or a day at the office. Staying hydrated. Giving your body the time it needs to mend sore muscles. Making sure you create enough space in your everyday life for quality downtime. Paying attention to your sleep habits and making adjustments if necessary. Setting yourself up for a good night's sleep.
Again, the outdoors can help you with stress, anxiety, and revitalization of your body and mind. If you can spend time in nature, be it a park or a forest, give it a go, and perhaps without headphones. Listen to the wind, look at the sky, be mindful of your surroundings. Hear yourself breathe. Take a moment to check how your legs, arms, back and abdomen feel; the level of energy you have; and your state of wellbeing. Do this day by day and adjust accordingly.
ALGAE TO THE RESCUE
So you started your new routine, you went to the outdoor gym, paid meticulous attention to your sleeping habits and made sure to hydrate perfectly every single day. What’s left to do? There’s another little helper out there waiting for you. Simris® Algae Omega-3 for Athletes is designed for active lifestyles. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for any performance-driven diet. They are crucial in combating inflammation and keeping joints in good health. The extra boost of astaxanthin in the softgels helps with endurance, recovery and getting the most out of your workouts (and your rest).
In addition to boosting endurance and athletic performance, studies have shown that natural astaxanthin has positive effects on skin quality and elasticity, meaning its wide-spanning benefits make it a product great for any and everyone.
Good habits start in your brain and mindset, and Simris® Algae Omega-3 for Athletes might just be your best gym buddy yet.