Source: United Benefit Advisors (UBA) In a Reuters news story, people who are eager to step outside to exercise at the first sign of spring should be cautious. Fitness experts warn that running on the open road is more taxing than running on a treadmill, and mountain trails are bumpier than a spinning class. Even people who are extremely fit may need a brief “thawing” period to safely transition and adjust their bodies to exercising outdoors. Don’t try to run or bike too many miles too soon and consider cross-training. That is, just because it’s nice outside doesn’t mean you should ignore the gym. There are many exercises you can do there that are less prone to causing injury and better for strength training. Diversity when working out is good to keep from getting bored with the same routine, but always be aware of what your body is trying to tell you. If you become uncomfortable or are straining too much, then ease up. As always, consult with your physician before undertaking any exercise or strenuous activity.