Em­brace the out­doors

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To help you log more ex­er­cise min­utes, work out al­fresco. “When you work out in­doors, you fo­cus more in­ter­nally [on things like your breath, your stride, and so on], and time seems to move more slowly. There are a lot of dis­trac­tions out­doors that take your mind off what you’re do­ing,” says John Por­cari, Ph.D., a pro­fes­sor of ex­er­cise and sports sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin–La Crosse. Plus, you’ll burn more calo­ries when you run out­side com­pared with run­ning on a tread­mill at the same speed, a study in the Jour­nal of Sports Sciences found. “The tread­mill belt also helps pro­pel you a bit,” Por­cari says. (There’s wind re­sis­tance out­side too, so you have to work harder to move for­ward.) And don’t feel like you have to stick to run­ning, bik­ing, and the other usual sporty sus­pects. Ar­mond Jor­dan, a trainer and mas­ter in­struc­tor at JoyRide stu­dios in Con­necti­cut, sug­gests adding ac­tiv­i­ties like ten­nis, stand-up pad­dle­board­ing, golf, surf­ing, or even just walk­ing on the beach into your rou­tine. “Be­yond help­ing you to stay ac­tive and burn calo­ries, they can chal­lenge your body—and mus­cles—in dif­fer­ent ways,” Jor­dan says.

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