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“Callin’ out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street.”
— Dancing In the Street by Martha & The Vandellas

We hope that you are all enjoying your summer season–whether you are taking a day (or two) off from work, spending time with friends and family, or treating yourself to that extra drink at happy hour. But, no matter how you are enjoying the summer sun, STRUT-THIS is recommending a change up in your workout routine.

Just like anything else, indoor, monotmous, routine workouts can be boring, and actually un-motivating (AND your body will stop changing from the same types of exercises, hint hint). So we are recommending, and even, insisting upon ourselves to change up our workouts and take them outdoors.

So although we love our gyms — climate-controlled and convenient… it is … a bit predictable.

And we know that if we are all going to venture outside of our comfort zones and conquer new workout territory (trails, tracks, beaches, or parks), we expect to look really good while doing it. And you know, we can help with that!

So, the antidote to stale winter workout routines?  Go outside, ladies and embrace sweating your buns off and taking in the fresh air.

And it’s good for you, too.

Emerging science suggests there are benefits to exercising outdoors that can’t be replicated on a treadmill, a recumbent bicycle or a track.

The New York Times recently reported that a 2012 study of adults by the University of California, San Diego found, objectively, that people who exercised outside did so for longer periods of time and more often than those working out indoors.

Specifically, the researchers asked men and women about their exercise habits and then fitted them with electronic gadgets that measured their activity levels for a week. The gadgets and the survey showed that the volunteers who exercised outside (many by just walking) were significantly more physically active than those who exercised indoors.  They completed, on average, about 30 minutes more exercise each week than those who walked or otherwise exercised indoors.

Other studies have found that people have lower blood levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress, after exerting themselves outside as compared with inside. There’s speculation, too, that exposure to direct sunlight, known to affect mood, plays a positive role in overall health.

Another take-away seems to be that moving their routines outside can help reluctant or inconsistent exercisers.

“If outdoor activity encourages more activity, then it is a good thing,” says Jacqueline Kerr, a UCSD professor.  After all, “despite the fitness industry boom,” she notes, “we are not seeing changes in national physical activity levels, so gyms are not the answer.”

Summertime also demands smooth transitions from your workouts to practical, daily activities without the trip home and the fear of being caught in public wearing  grungy and un-flattering workout apparel. Nobody who has worked hard on their body should be sporting baggy sweat pants and oversized t-shirts.

The answer to this dilemma is, of course, sweat-absorbent and sensible exercise outfits that also look cute, colorful and flattering. Strut-This is your go to designer for yoga clothes, including capris, pants, shorts, tops and sports bras.

Your Summertime days should begin with the decision to look beautiful while feeling confident, despite your hectic schedule that makes finding workout time a challenge.

Enjoy that sunshine…just don’t forget your sunscreen.