Get Your Exercise: Rain or Shine
While on vacation last week in Hawaii, we experienced the most rain in that state’s recorded history. That’s a lot of rain! Of course, we made it through with smiles (it’s paradise, after all). But, how do we make the most of the rainy/wet season, especially when it comes to exercise?
Rain may limit your options, but we know that regular cardiovascular exercise is essential to maintaining a healthy heart and lungs. So when it rains, don’t get discouraged. Instead, look for indoor activities that approximate your outdoor ones. Take a spinning class, with exciting music. Jump on the elliptical machine or treadmill. Try a power workout like Tae-Bo or Budokan, which is sweeping the nation. If you’re pressed for time but really need a quick, effective workout, jump rope. Another great indoor activity is stairclimbing, which is one of the best cardiovascular workouts. If you have the use of a pool, swimming provides an excellent cardiovascular activity without the impact on your joints.
Whether it rains or shines, cardiovascular exercise can become a regular part of your routine. The key is to mix up the training so you don’t get bored and stay excited and engaged. Even pumping up your iPod to that next track may be inspiration enough to “stay on track.”