Enjoying outdoor workouts

I’ve lived in Tampa, Florida, for almost five years.

The transition from the northeastern part of the country to Florida was quite a change.

I was accustomed to being trapped inside the house for the majority of the year due to temperatures in the negatives and snow. Even in the spring and fall, the weather was typically chilly, windy and wet. I like to spend as much time as possible outdoors. I workout every morning and would prefer to enjoy the fresh air. When I lived in the northeast, I normally utilized a stationary bike or a treadmill. I had a small gym set up in the basement and access to a yoga mat, handweights, a mini trampoline, incline bench and the treadmill and bike. The workouts became very repetitive, and it was difficult to get motivated. The situation in Tampa is much better. Unless there is a downpour, I head outside to exercise. I’ve invested into clothing to protect agains rain, wind, cold or heat. During the summer months, when the heat and humidity is especially intense, I set my alarm earlier. I try to complete my workout prior to the heat of the day. During the winter, the weather is absolutely perfect. I am delighted to get outside and go for a run or a bike ride. I feel the sun on my skin, breathe the fresh air and feel energized. I definitely get better workouts when I am outdoors. To change things up, I sometimes take advantage of my close proximity to water. Living in Tampa makes it possible to kayak, paddleboard and swim for exercise.


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