7 Ways to Get Out Everyday

Running in the rain

How often do you actu­al­ly get out­side? In the win­ter, it’s easy to skip a few days and blame it on the cold, the bad snow con­di­tions, or the lack of climbable ice. Here are some tips to ensure you’re get­ting a dai­ly dose of the outdoors.


Start the week by cre­at­ing a work­out sched­ule, includ­ing the time and length of each work­out. It can be help­ful to have a goal for each work­out, even if the goal is to just get out­side for a half an hour. Hav­ing a sol­id plan makes it eas­i­er to fol­low through when you’re los­ing moti­va­tion or if the weath­er gets bad.


Some peo­ple thrive on doing the same activ­i­ty every­day, like surf­ing or run­ning, but the rep­e­ti­tion can have neg­a­tive impacts on your body, as well as on your mind. If you find your­self dread­ing anoth­er lunchtime run or that non-so-new climb­ing project has you avoid­ing your har­ness, con­sid­er switch­ing things up with a dif­fer­ent sport. Rent or bor­row a bike (and a hel­met), lace up your sneak­ers and go for a run, or trade your skis for a snowboard.


Some­times, the weath­er sucks. No mat­ter how techy your lay­ers are, the thought of going out in the rain, sleet, hail, or grau­pel can be unap­peal­ing. Bad weath­er is one of the biggest hur­dles to get­ting out­side, but it can also be the most reward­ing time to leave the house, for these three rea­sons: there are usu­al­ly few­er peo­ple around, the land­scape looks com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent dur­ing a storm, and think of how hard-core you’ll feel when you’re done.


Unless you’re train­ing for a spe­cif­ic race or an espe­cial­ly gru­el­ing event, there’s no need to push your­self every­day. Just get­ting out for a short walk means you’re get­ting more exer­cise than the aver­age Amer­i­can, so grab some shoes and walk out the door. Seri­ous­ly, that’s all you have to do. Bonus points for bring­ing along a dog, a child, or a friend.


If you’re burnt out by the same set of sin­gle­track or a crag that only offers crack climb­ing or that 5‑mile run that begins and ends at your office, look for a new chal­lenge in a new area. Some­times a sim­ple trick like run­ning the loop in reverse will shake the bore­dom, but don’t be afraid of doing some­thing more dras­tic, like search­ing out new track or an unclimbed boul­der. Anoth­er easy change if you’re a cyclist or a run­ner is switch­ing from the road to trails (or vice ver­sa). The new scenery will be refresh­ing and the sur­face change will keep your mind active.


It’s easy to cre­ate a sim­ple excuse and can­cel on your­self, but are you real­ly going to call up your part­ner and say you can’t meet them because it’s too cold, it’s too wet, or because you’re just not feel­ing it? Of course not. If you’re strug­gling to keep your­self account­able, plan to work­out with a friend. It’s hard­er to get out of a com­mit­ment, which means you’ll be more like­ly to fol­low through. Be sure to hold your part­ner to account­able, too. If they try to back out with some lame excuse, you’ll be more like­ly to bail the next time because you know it’ll be easy to make up an excuse.


Step 1. Watch this film by Arc’teryx (You can watch it below too)
Step 2. Turn off your com­put­er, tablet, phone, car­ri­er pigeon, etc.
Step 3. Go for it