And let’s not forget that skipping rope, ladies. Yup, let’s not forget the rope. The skipping rope is a versatile and handy little piece of exercise equipment. It’s portable and a lot less weighty than the gym equipment down at your local gym. It’s also a lot lighter on your pocket too. You can purchase a skipping rope at any one of the toy store aisles in your local supermarket even. You can skip at the office or you can skip outside of your kitchen door.
Provided the ceiling is high enough and there’s no furniture and other bits and pieces in harm’s way, you can even skip in your bedroom if you’re that shy. But I wouldn’t be doing that if I were you. If I were you, I’d still be skipping mind you, just not inside. I’d much rather be skipping in the driveway or the backyard, enjoying the sunshine for a few minutes and raising a good old sweat. I’m also in favor of taking a run outdoors instead of inside on a treadmill.
The benefits of running outdoors far outweigh most other indoor exercise activities anyhow. For instance, you even benefit from a natural dose of vitamin D, direct from the sun’s rays. It’s not called sunshine D for nothing. Of course, outdoor joys will always depend on where you’re located and whether your natural surroundings and the weather make it ideal for you to be running outdoors. Just so long as it doesn’t rain, much cooler climes are perfect for running outside.
Indoor treadmill running, on the other hand, does still have its advantages. When it comes to the essential requirements for health and fitness for women, lifestyle situations have to be weighed up as well. For instance, one woman’s neighborhood might not be ideal for running about at night after work. Also, there’s the inclement weather in many parts of the world. But the big issue always seems to be time. Many women simply say they just don’t have enough time for healthy, wholesome exercising.
This, to my mind, and when it comes to using the treadmill instead of taking a walk or going around a few blocks or out to the park to run, is just a silly excuse. Think just how much time you’ve saved by simply lacing up your running shoes and heading off out your front door straight away. Think just how much instantaneous pleasure you’ll be giving yourself by spending more time outdoors. Of course, I would hope that where you are right now, it’s not raining or snowing.
Apart from the dangers of crime, weather factors can also wreak havoc on the person of the enthusiastic runner or jogger. You become susceptible to nasty injuries when you run off slippery and wet surfaces. Also, as a keen runner, you should never be running near busy transport networks. I’ve seen so many die-hard runners and cyclists, girls, but mostly boys, risk their lives by claiming those smog-infested lanes for themselves.
Where cycling is concerned, it’s great that many cities have implemented designated bicycling lanes for the bikers. But I’m still at my wit’s end where smog is concerned. While I don’t cycle through the city, those that need to should invest in an appropriate mask to protect their lungs from the harmful pollution. Now, while I really, really enjoy taking my runs outdoors, I’m also a big fan of cycling indoors. It’s a great way to kill time after a busy day.
Cycling indoors on a stationary bike, I’m watching a recording of one of my favorite shows. On other evenings, I can spend up to forty-five minutes cycling while watching the evening news, although I have to say just watching the news these days can cause quite a bit of stress which your healthy body and mind certainly doesn’t need.