Outdoor Trainer

Every year about this time I find I am out of balance both physically and mentally.  What happens during the month of August is that I get off of my normal, balanced fitness routine and opt for a linear "loose" routine, one that is mostly made up of walking and running.  Afterall, this is vacation time!
 

Fact—Injuries can happen. Aches, muscle fatigue and soreness are part of life for active people and those involved in athletic endeavors. There is a difference between the ache from overuse and the pain of an acute injury. Aches come and go, however, if left untreated they can become an injury. Learn how to decipher between an ache and an injury. Step 1: Identify the problem and then, treat it.
 

Given that we are Outdoor Enthusiasts, I thought you might find this Website by the Environmental Working Group (a non-profit consumer advocacy group), interesting.
 
I found out that of the sunscreens that I've been using, one should "be avoided" due to health concerns (Neutrogena SPF 55); and the other made it to the "Hall of Shame" b/c it doesn't block the UVA rays that can cause skin cancer (Banana Boat Baby -- I thought b/c it was for babies, it would be gentle!).  

Looking for a fun way to trim and tone your torso? Look no further than the "Hover" or plank. In a study conducted by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the "hover" ranked number four for tightening and strengthening the obliques.
 

/Urban workouts are a blast and easy to create.
 
Here is a workout that I taught in a local San Francisco park, near the new Athleta store, on Fillmore.
 
For the full workout, complete with a printable take along menu, follow the links at the bottom of the page.

Why is it so important for us to connect with nature and be outdoors? Because mounting research shows the profound effect that fresh air, plants, trees and natural outdoor elements have on our health and well being. When you spend time outdoors, especially being active, you can lift your mood, think more positively, feel more internal calm and greater harmony with the world around you.

Recent studies have shown that being in a natural, outdoor environment is one of the very best things you can do for your health:

One of the great benefits of exercising outside is the experience of connecting to the natural world around you. This process of connecting mentally and physically to nature is what I call Environmental Integration. Awareness of your environment keeps you safe on the trail; it also promotes a feeling of “oneness” with the natural world around you. Nature becomes both a guide and a companion.
 

Winter can be an exhilarating time to exercise outdoors. Snow-capped mountains, glistening hillsides, and crisp cool air are enticing. Moreover, winter weather often drives people into the gym, so you’re likely to have the trail to yourself. Cold temperatures, snow and ice all pose risks you need to prepare for, however. See the Outdoor Fitness Winter Sports Workout.
 
 
 

If you're a Trainer or a Coach, you know your job is more than just prescribing exercises - Your job is to motivate, inspire, and get the best out of your clients and athletes. Check out my interview with Tennis star turned premier coach, Brad Gilbert, who clearly has the talent to draw the best out of his athletes!
 
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