Lesson #5: How to Summerize Things That Are a Drag

by Rachel on May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day! And happy summer!!

Today I thought I’d share some tips on how to summerize things that are a drag to do inside when the weather is gorgeous: work and working out!

First, go work outside! I was dying to do this as soon as the temperature started to climb. First, I just started working from my back deck. When Leah visited this weekend, we set up shop together.

It was wonderful! And if you don’t have a big deck, you can still set up outside a Starbucks or even at a picnic table in your local park.

But I know that a lot of times it’s impossible to work outside because of the glare on the computer. That’s why this year I sucked it up and bought a Compushade.

I ordered it on Wednesday, it came Friday, and after following the somewhat complicated directions for five minutes, (not super complicated, but more complicated than I expected), I was all set!

If you don’t want to do a Compushade, then save your non-computer work for the great outdoors. Somehow, reading stuff for law school is a little better when you’re sucking in Vitamin D at the same time!

If you can’t take your work outside, take your workout outside. Last week I took my computer outside and did Core Fusion Sport via Yoga Vibes under a big tree.

My advice: wear clothes that can get dirty. During the jump backs, I got so covered in grass, it looked like all of Manchester United had taken me down. (I wish.) You may have to ignore looks from neighbors but it’s so nice to get fresh air and warm weather during your DVD workout! It’s definitely helping me look forward to doing it.

Next I decided to take my spin bike outside. (Mini-lesson: do not attempt to carry a fully-assembled 40+ pound bike up a flight of stairs by yourself. Just. Don’t. Do. It.) I put it in the garage to be rolled out (ROLL OUT!) into the driveway to spin in the breeze! You probably can’t do this if you have a thousand-pound treadmill, but you can take your strength training equipment and mat outside, grab a jump rope for cardio, and work it in your driveway or yard.

It’s hard to get motivated to do anything indoors in the summer but it’s surprisingly easy to get excited about it when you add in the novelty of being outside.

And that’s where I’m heading now. I’ve got books to read and work to do…but I have no problem doing it because I’m doing it in the great outdoors! Have a great, great holiday!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 inês May 31, 2010 at 10:44 am

I only work out outside (I mostly just do some jogging 4x a week), and what do you do when the weather is just too hot that it’s a health hazard to just go out in the sun, let alone work out? It’s not always possible for me to go work out before school hours, so I was just wondering if you had any tips at all for these kinds of situations :)
But I agree, sitting in a café sipping some freshly squeezed orange juice by the shade makes studying so much more pleasurable!


2 Rachel May 31, 2010 at 10:46 am

Hmmm I feel like in that case, you should bring it inside but really make the most of the “shade” factor…work out in a windowless basement, blast a fan, and kinda get into the whole cool, dark, and icy thing!!


3 amanda May 31, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I love working out outside! My best runs on this trail that sits behind my house. It is called the W&OD trail in northern VA and streches like 40something miles. Plus all these other paths sit off of it. Just have to make sure I wear tons of sunscreen!


4 kate May 31, 2010 at 8:32 pm

That Compushade is such a neat idea. I love getting stuff done outside that I usually can do indoors. Yay for gorgeous weather.


5 sarah @ syrupandhoney June 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

My husband will be indebted to you…He’s been wanting a laptop and I’ve resisted because I refused to have the capability of working on the computer while simultaneously watching TV. But, if I can get shit done and be outside at the same time, I’m definitely down.
.-= sarah @ syrupandhoney´s last blog ..CSA Week 2 =-.


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