One of the great things about the warmer weather months is the extra hours of daylight. This means being able to get outdoors to exercise for both fitness, health and general well being.
You can go for a walk or a bike ride and for added benefits turn either into a chance to catch up with family or friends. Instead of meeting for morning coffee or lunch, suggest a good long walk instead. If you opt for a bike ride then take along a nutritious picnic and stop along the way to relax and enjoy your company.
Another option is to join a local walking or bush walking club. This also comes with an added benefit of being able to discover more about your local area. As part of a club most walks are usually a minimum of an hour and it is recognised that a half an hour of exercise three or four times a week is more beneficial than 20 minutes three times a week.
Another great warm weather activity is swimming. Swimming is great for anyone who has problems with joints as it is a low impact activity which means less stress on the body. Another group who benefit greatly from swimming are asthmatics, who breath in warm moist air instead of cold dry air which can be a trigger for asthma.
Recent studies of people over 40 have found that those that swam more than four times a week recorded lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and better muscle mass than non swimmers.
The warmer weather months certainly can be one of the best times for exercise health and fitness so start making plans now to get outdoors.