Don’t let wild weather wreck your workout routine
DENVER — Our hot temperatures and thunderstorms are prompting many to skip their outdoor workouts, but doctors say avoiding then too long can undo all of the results you’ve gained.
One solution is to take your workout inside to a local gym.
Fitness expert Chad Parish of the Longmont Athletic Club says a gym offers one stop shopping for cross-training experience.
Parish says you should get your heart rate up with a good cardio session on a treadmill or spend some time on the bike but warns, “I usually don’t recommend that you do long durations, do interval style workouts when you go to a higher intensity level then bring it down.”
Busy mother of three Taryn Murtagh says she appreciates gym programs that offer fun activities for the kids so moms can enjoy some “me” time. “You can put the kids in the Kids’ Zone here while you work out.”
Taryn makes sure to focus on weight training, something fitness experts say is crucial for women who want to tone and build bone strength.
Parish says, “Usually women have a tendency to do cardio all the time rather than incorporating weight training. One of the big things as we continue to age is osteoporosis so we want to try to do weight bearing exercise.”
Many gyms also feature indoor pools.
Parish says swimming laps and doing water aerobics provide toning without excess stress on your joints.
It’s all great for staying in shape while waiting for the hot summer to give way to those cooler fall temperatures.