Now that spring is here and the snow is melting, why not ditch the gym and get a new feel for your environment by exercising outside?

With the Spaulding Gym being so crowded these days, the outside alternative really will serve you well.

Spring Break is over and it’s time to get back into shape for the summer season, and what better way than working out with Mother Nature.

The outside environment can provide you with the variety you need in order to not get bored and reach your fitness goals.

At times the gym can get repetitive and working out becomes a chore rather than an activity.

The scenery and the equipment is almost always the same and sometimes so is your exercise routine.

We have some great tips on what to do to increase your exercise while enjoying a great workout.

Go for a run. There are many trails around Keene that can create a different and fun environment for your cardio workout.

One trail on campus is a 5K that weaves in and out of Keene State College.

It will give you the visual variety you need while not being too strenuous on your body.

It could also be a good option for a hike.

Now that the weather is warming up it is the perfect time to take advantage of Mount Monadnock.

Get a group of friends together and make a fun day trip. Remember to leave relatively early in the morning so there is still day light for the hike down the mountain. It is less than a 20-minute drive and provides great views of New Hampshire.

When you reach the top it will feel so rewarding that you won’t even know you got a great workout. On a clear day you can even see the city of Boston.

Go for a bike ride. There are many trails around Keene and bike riding gives you a different type of workout than running.

Remember, in order to keep in shape you need to switch up your workout. This confuses your body and creates better results.

A great trail to bike or even hike and run on is the Asheulot Trail that goes along the Ashuelot River.

It gives great scenery and creates a fun workout without you knowing you’re even working out.

If you don’t have a bike don’t fret. You can rent one on campus from the Library for no cost. Not only will you look cute riding around in style, but you will be getting fit as well.

Take advantage of your resources and get active!

Also take into consideration walking to class. Not only is it a great workout but it saves you gas money.

When the weather is nice out you don’t have the excuse to drive to campus due to snow and slush.

Forget the driving! KSC is a fairly small campus and you should be able to walk to and from your classes taking no more than 15-20 minutes depending on how far you live.

This is a convenient way to get some physical activity in without thinking about it.

Some of you may think that walking to campus might not do anything, but 20 minutes a day of walking is better than nothing.

Take this advice into consideration next time you feel bored of the gym. Happy Spring!


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