For those of you who knew my dad, Dave Solomon, he was famous for his "I Was Thinking" newspaper columns in the New Haven Register's Sports Section. So, today, I was inspired to write my own "I was thinking" blog!
I went out on my SUP (stand up paddleboard) to get some fresh air this afternoon (which I crave if I don't get it often enough!) While I was out paddling, I realized that many of you are probably like me. You MUCH prefer exercising outdoors than indoors. You may be thinking "but she's a personal trainer and teaches people how to exercise INDOORS for a living," and you'd be correct. I do. And ironically, that's the basis of my Trainer In Your Back Pocket program. But let me share with you my thoughts on this topic, which all boil down to one thing.
You can't enjoy the outdoors if you aren't fit enough, strong enough, or healthy enough to do the things you enjoy. Exercising outdoors is made possible through the hard work, time and effort you put in by exercising indoors. I want to continue being able to do activities like hiking and paddling for the rest of my life. So, for me, it's a top priority to make sure I get my total body strength training workouts done either at home or at the gym (or by taking my strength workouts and dumbbells outdoors to the local park!) Doing my regular strength training workouts is my way of continuing to stay strong enough to enjoy my more preferred activities!
So, get outside (if that's what you love to do), but appreciate all of the indoor time that has helped you get there!
Love you all!
Abby Malmstrom M.S. is an exercise physiologist, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, wellness coach, and "real food" nutritionist. Her life as an active duty military spouse takes her all over the world, allowing her to influence, teach, and connect with folks in communities she never even dreamed of reaching. Life's an adventure, so stay tuned for the ride! It's time to "Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well, Be Well."