Training Outside in Minneapolis: Get Fit in the Fresh Air!

Hey Team!

Summer time is here and that means we can ditch the gym and get outside for fresh air and a good workout!

1. Biking
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If you are a local to the Twin Cities, then hopefully you know that we have access miles of trails and bike-ways and that we have 9 lakes within the Minneapolis city limits alone! It’s no wonder that Minneapolis got voted “most fit city” and “most bike friendly city” in the country! Here in Minneapolis alone, we have 92 miles of on street bike-ways, and 85 miles of off street bike-ways. That’s 177 miles just in Minneapolis alone! So whether you’re a seasoned biker or you haven’t ridden a bike since you were a kid, the time is now to get on your bike and cruise! Don’t own a bike? Check out the good ol’ Craigslist.org. Otherwise, there are a ton of local bike shops that sell used and refurbished bikes, here are a couple:

One on One Bike Shop: http://www.oneononebike.com/
117 Washington Ave N  Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 371-9565
Great place to buy new, custom made bikes. They also have a huge basement full of used and refurbished bikes.

Behind Bars Bicycle Shop: http://www.behind-bars.com/
208 13th Ave Ne Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612) 436-0255
Does sell new bikes, but mostly used bikes.

The Hub Bike Co-op: http://www.thehubbikecoop.org/
301 Cedar Ave Minneapolis, MN 55454 (612) 238-3593
Used bikes and parts. Great place to go for the bargain shopper.

Handsome Cycles: http://www.handsomecycles.com/
115 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 353-4035
This is a great place to go for new, custom, MN made bikes. Right next door to One on One.

 

2. Yoga
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Yoga is great exercise, but sometimes it can get stuffy and crowded in the studio. Try taking your mat outside! If you’re a seasoned yogi then bring your practice to your favorite lake or park. If you like some guidance, check out these outdoor yoga communities:

The Yoga Garage: https://www.facebook.com/TheYogaGarage

Gorilla Yogis: http://www.gorillayogis.com/gorilla-gatherings.html

Luminous Yoga: http://www.luminous-yoga.com/

These are just some suggestions for here in Minneapolis, but do your research and see what else is out there!

3. Mowing the yard
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This one might seem silly, but if you have a push mower, then you know that you can work up a good sweat by pushing that thing around the lawn. But make sure you wear sunscreen, light colored clothing, and maybe a hat and sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes.

4. Swimming
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What’s better than cannon-balling into a lake or swimming pool when it’s sunny and hot outside? Whether you’re in a lake or a pool, swimming is one of the best exercises you can do for your body. It’s cardio and strength training all in one. Start by swimming a few laps, then work your way up to 10 minutes of laps, then to 20, then to 30, and so on. Not only will you have a great tan, you’ll get in fantastic shape.

 

Stayed tuned for our next post on how to train properly during the summer, to avoid dehydrated, heatstroke, and exhaustion.

Keep on keepin’ strong,

Coach Colleen