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6 thoughts you have when you run outside for the first time since winter

6 thoughts you have when you run outside for the first time since winter


Today is a very important day. Today is the day that the weather is finally warm enough that you can run outside without too much weather-induced turmoil. Now that spring has officially sprung, and temperatures are rising (…hopefully...eventually), go ahead, lace up, and enjoy life off of the dread mill. You deserve it.

1. Pavement? What is this?

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There are actually benefits to running on a trail/pavement versus drudging along the treadmill’s rubbery conveyor belt. According to exercise physiologist Elizabeth Quinn, you burn more calories when running at the same pace on flat pavement. Subtle variations in terrain, wind resistance, and lack of additional momentum from the treadmill make outdoor running a bit more difficult, causing you to expend more energy.

2. I think I’m running faster. I could probably beat Usain Bolt in no time (wait, who am I kidding?)

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Maybe you jog at a slow, constant pace. Maybe you sprint the entire way through. Regardless of how you run outside or inside, one study’s participants ran at a significantly faster pace at the same perceived effort level during their outdoor run in comparison to their indoor treadmill run.

3. *Runs up that hill*; *Deals with God*

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You probably didn’t miss hauling your body up unanticipated hills during your run. Everything was fine and dandy then all of a sudden: Mount Everest. When you’re running uphill, don’t lean too far forward; this decreases the efficiency of your stride and throws your body off balance. Think about ‘standing tall’ and use the muscles in your hips to power your way up the hill.

4. At least there’s a breeze! And sun!

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Instead of suffocating from the smell everybody else’s sweat at the gym, you’re being caressed by a nice breeze. Instead of overheating from the body heat of the two treadmill runners adjacent to you, you’re being warmed by the sun. It’s important to maintain sufficient levels of vitamin D. A 2010 study by the University of Wyoming indicated that college athletes with sufficient levels of vitamin D were less likely to fall ill.

5. Wait, how long have I been running again?

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If you’ve ever been on a treadmill, you’ll be able to sympathize with us. One minute takes forever. Each second seems abnormally long. But outdoor exercise is, according to one review, associated with greater physical activity and lower levels of perceived exertion. In other words: you won’t be giving up as quickly when you finally take your run outside.


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Outdoor running may be better for your physical and mental wellbeing. It may even make you want to go for another darn run the next day. In one review, participants who ran outdoors were reported to have greater decreases in tension, more satisfaction, higher energy, and a greater intention to run again.


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The playground isn’t just for monkeying around. PumpUp’s jatie shows us that pull-ups, dips, and body-weight exercises can help us get fit this fall without having to be stuck inside all day! Does this get you pumped to do an outdoor workout on Workout Wednesday?? You’ll feel it in your body, and especially your core. Check out her video on our IG and vine!

Pumpin' Up Outdoors!


It’s beautiful outside and you know it’s the perfect day to work out… but you don’t want to miss out on the weather by being inside the gym. With just a pair of running shoes, a bottle of water, and PumpUp in your pocket, you can enjoy the weather and still get in a great workout! When the weather is beautiful, there’s no better way to spice up your workout then by taking it outside!

Since you can choose the equipment you have available, with PumpUp, creating a quality workout you can do outside is just a few taps away! Here are three great ways to get in some exercise outdoors:

1) Au natural.

With PumpUp, it’s easy to create a body-only workout for the park! If your park has a jungle gym, get creative! You can tell PumpUp you have a chin-up bar (monkey bar) available and it will incorporate chin-ups and other great exercise in your routine for the park! 

2) Using a resistance band!

Resistance bands are a low-cost, highly transportable piece of equipment that’s perfect to use outdoors! Resistance bands have a lot of great benefits that can make for an awesome workout! For example, the band gets tighter as you go through the exercise, making it extra challenging! With PumpUp, you can easily create a workout routine using a resistance band that’s perfect for the park or your backyard!

3) Simply run.

A huge benefit of getting active outdoors (besides getting a great tan) is being able to go for a run without being tied to the treadmill! Sure, it’s nice to go for a run while watching your favorite show indoors, but picture yourself running through a trail or on the beach. Running outdoors is not only great exercise, but it’s also a great way to experience the great outdoors! 

These are just 3 simple ways that you can get in some great exercise outside. Summer always seems to fly by, so make sure you get outside, get active, and enjoy the beautiful weather while improving your health!

Ps. Don’t forget to download PumpUp to create a great workout routine you can do in the park, your backyard, or pretty much anywhere you’d like!