There is no better, faster or more enjoyable way to get fit than in the great outdoors. While gyms are great for muscle growth, weight loss and general fitness and toning, for many people, there is something artificial about them and often they lose interest and motivation. This isn’t the case with outdoor activities, though.
Some people are lucky enough to live in towns near great wilderness areas or large parks that give them the feeling of getting away from it all. Others have to wait for their vacations to come before they can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. While it may be difficult for a city dweller to find time to get back to nature, anyone will tell you that nothing is healthier than spending time outdoors, however you can get it.
Many people who live in the urban jungle or in the suburbs have discovered that bicycling is an ideal way to spend time outdoors. A Schwinn mountain bike, for instance, has enough gears to take you up the steepest hill in low gear and then peddle down in the highest gear. Today’s mountain bikes even have special disc brakes for flawless stopping power. You just can’t beat the feeling of conquering the hills on a mountain bike, even if you’re in the middle of the city.
You do have to take safety precautions when riding on mountain bikes, whether you’re riding in city traffic or on an empty backwoods trail. It would be stupid and irresponsible of you if you didn’t wear a helmet while riding in the city.
Most bicycle fatalies are caused by head injuries. If you like black, buy a black helmet and if you like white or any color of the rainbow, get one of those. The color doesn’t matter, just the protection.
The same rule applies to riding offroad. You can easily get a serious or fatal head injury from a fall, not matter where you are. As long as you take the precaution of having a helmet, though, you can have the time of your life, with a minimum of risk.
If for some reason mountain biking leaves you cold, try hiking or rock climbing. For these activities, you need to focus more on your feet than your head. If you’re a hiker, invest in a pair of good boots with soles that are designed for mountainous terrain. If you’re going to go rock climbing, you’ll need special rockclimbing shoes that fit tightly and can grip tiny nubbins of rock on steep cliffs without slipping off.
For all around physical, mental and even emotional health, get outdoors. Don’t let anything stop you. You’ll love it.