Outdoor Trainer

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!
 
Why do clients hire coaches?

Trainer Question:  I am a trainer in Florida and I run my program in a school yard.  Some of my heavier clients complain of knee pain.  Do you think that the black top is contributing to higher impact?
 
Answer:  It certainly could, Shane. Especially if you have your clients doing moderate-to-high impact moves like jogging or plyometric exercises.
 

Just finished my morning workout and it was a blast in every way.  I hit a ridge trail overlooking both the Pacific and the San Francisco Bay -- simply gorgeous!  I did a 5 mile run that was laced with exercises like lunges, hill lunges, half-tuck hill squats, push ups, etc.  I was basically "freestyling it" and doing what ever felt right at the moment. 
 
If you are up for creating your own Traveling Workout, you can use this template below to get started. 
 
Happy Trails! 
~Tina
 

The Outdoor Fitness Body Mind Workout (Podcast)
 
Take this audio podcast with you anytime, anywhere!
 

Mental Focus is the key to BodyMind Health (Video & Podcast included)
In Outdoor Fitness, you cultivate mental focus just as you develop physical strength and endurance. It’s a component to all the workouts, a skill to develop and hone, a tool to spur you to greater achievements and better health for your bodymind.

 What is mental focus?

Simply, it’s the ability to concentrate on the task at hand, to put your attention on the present moment, without interruption from internal chatter or external distractions.

You asked. We've answered your most frequently asked questions.

Got a question? Just ask!
 
1. Should I work out when I am sick?
If your symptoms are from your neck up, and you're feeling up to the task, ask yourself: Do I feel like working out? If the answer is yes, you're good to go.

If you're symptoms are located below your neck-difficulty breathing, chest tightness, wheezing, sneezing or coughing-don't exercise. Take the time to rest and recuperate.

Warm ups do more than just warm up your muscles!
 Every workout begins with a 5-10 minute warm up.  A warm-up is your time to limber up your body--and your mind--in preparation for the workout to come. A warm up can be a simple as a walk or a jog. Outdoor Fitness warm-ups combine breathing and posture exercises with joint lubrication exercises, followed by a walk, building to a slow jog.
 
 
Steps to Warming Up  (Video Below)

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