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Spring into Fitness: Outdoor Workouts to Embrace the Changing Season by Caitlin Hatzenbuhler

Fri, Mar 01, 2024

Outdoor Exercises to Mark the Changing of the Season 

By Caitlin Hatzenbuhler, Founder of Conscious Core, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Pilates Instructor

The sun is shining. The flowers are blooming. The days are longer. Spring has sprung!  And what better way to celebrate the changing of the season than to get outside for your workouts. 

Besides taking in the sights and sounds of Spring, some other benefits to working out outside: Fresh air, vitamin D, and nervous system regulation from being in nature. So many good reasons to head out the door to move your body.  

Here are 3 ideas to take your fitness routine outside and enjoy the new season.

Mat Pilates

Grab a mat,  find a level piece of ground, and get flowing. Pilates is a great way to strengthen your full body while also working on joint mobility, core stability, and spine health, helping you feel stronger, stand taller, and move with greater ease. I love how versatile and accessible Pilates can be. You can literally do it anywhere. All you need is a mat (or towel).  I’ve been known to do Pilates on the beach, by the pool, in the park, or even in the middle of the desert. Pretty much any flat spot big enough for me to lay down. 

Check out this 30-minute Core Strength and Stability Pilates Class I filmed while camping in the Mojave Desert. 

Standing Pilates or Barre 

Don’t want or have a place to lay on the ground. You can get your body moving with a standing workout like vertical Pilates or Barre. Add some extra challenge by grabbing some hand weights or strapping on some ankle and wrist weights like the ones from Bala and get moving. If you need some help with balance find a picnic table or fence post and use it like a ballet barre. Bonus, this is a low-impact way to get cardio. Here’s a quick standing Pilates class you can do when your kids are playing at the park.

Go for a Walk 

Walking is one of the best ways to get outside and get your movement goals in every day.  You can level your walk up or down to fit your energy and mood, while still getting those steps in. Walking gets your heart rate up, helps stimulate the lymphatic system, and increases bone density (not just something for older populations). 

No matter what you choose, getting outside for your workout will give you physical and mental benefits! And grabbing a Volley Clean Tequila Seltzer will make those workouts that much more enjoyable. Made with  100% blue agave tequila, real organic juice, and no added sugar you can partake in a refreshing beverage without the worry of putting more junk in your body.

Happy Spring!

Caitlin Hatzenbuhler is the founder of Conscious Core, a Pilates and wellness studio in Livermore, CA. She’s an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Pilates Instructor that specializes working with moms to help them become strong and healthy so they can do life with more ease, joy and vibrancy.  You can learn more at or connect with her on Instagram @conscious_core_caitlin