Making Mother Nature Your Weight Loss Ally

Spring is here again, and that means it’s time to reaffirm your commitment to medical weight loss. Though months have passed since you made your New Year’s resolution, spring is a time of renewal—with the birds chirping, flowers blooming and sun shining, it’s hard not to get swept up in the invigorating sense of new beginnings and a rekindled commitment to your goals.

Of course, nowhere is better for celebrating the season than the great outdoors. As you lose weight in Greenbrae, Novato or Petaluma this spring, you don’t have to confine yourself to the hermetically-sealed atmosphere of the local fitness center. With breathtaking bays and stunning coastal forests within your reach, you have countless options for outdoor exercise, and this can make burning calories much more rewarding.

Exercising outside can be fun, but it will also provide your body and mind with numerous benefits. Research shows us that outdoor exercise can:

However, perhaps the biggest perk of outdoor exercise is the variety. With so many different outdoor workouts to explore, you could try a new one each week without ever running out of options. If you’re looking for an adventure during your medical weight loss program, it may be time to:

 

Hit the Trails

With world-class parks like Mt. Tamalpais State Park and Point Reyes National Seashore so close-by, you have access to a variety of great local trails and the many activities they make possible. You may have started your weight loss fitness routine with a simple, low-impact workout like walking, but hiking ups the ante by not only providing the benefits of spending time in nature, but also challenging your muscles with the changing terrain. Biking is another low-impact workout that you can take to the trails—just be sure to wear a helmet!

 

Hit the Water

From San Pablo Bay to the Pacific Ocean, we’re surrounded by water, so why not use it to your advantage? Aquatic exercises can be both physically and mentally rewarding, giving you the chance to work your muscles and develop exciting new active hobbies. Kayaking can be excellent exercise for your arms and core while giving you a chance to explore your surroundings from the water. Stand-up paddleboarding is catching on as a more relaxed alternative to surfing. Try taking a class or tour in one of these aquatic activities to get acquainted.

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to use the world outside to your full advantage. Where are your favorite places to get active outside in Greenbrae, Novato and Petaluma? Tell us in the comments!

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