When the weather is nice you do not want to be working out in a hot sweaty gym. If the sun is shining you should be outdoors making the most of it! This means you have to find a way to transfer your gym routine to the great outdoors, which might, in turn, mean trying out some new work outs. You are not going to have a weight bench and elliptical machine outdoors. What you will have, however, is plenty of space and your own body – and sometimes they are all you need for a hardcore work out.
Most outdoor work outs are centred around cardio due to the fact that you don’t have much by way of excess weight but plenty of space to move around and get your heart rate elevated. However, it is possible to combine cardio with other elements to get a great all round work out. Here are some possibilities.
Let’s start with the most obvious outdoor work out. Running or jogging are both great ways to get fit. They get the blood pumping around your body, improving your blood pressure and decreasing the risk of heart disease. What’s more, running has been scientifically proven to make you happier. This is because the endocannabinoids in your body release a load of happy hormones – giving you that ‘runner’s high’ people are always talking about.
If you live near a beach, lake, lido or any substantial area of outdoors water, hop in and go for a swim. Swimming works out virtually your entire body and it is very low impact. This means you don’t need to worry about it damaging your muscles or joints. It is amazing how many calories you can burn just by doing a few lengths (or doggy-paddling if you’re not quite comfortable in the water).
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and it is all the rage right now with fitness fanatics around the world and can easily be done outdoors. The work out consists of bursts of really high intensity activity followed by pauses. This has been proven to burn crazy amounts of calories in a very short period of time and comprises exercises that don’t require any equipment. A typical HIIT work out might include squats, burpees, lunges, press-ups, plank and more.
Can you think of anything more wholesome than a spot of yoga in the sunshine. If you have a yoga mat then take it with you, otherwise just find yourself a comfy patch of grass to set up camp. Spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour practicing your downwards facing dog surrounded by nature and you are sure to be filled with a feeling of ecstasy in mere moments. When you’re finished take some time for private meditation before you carry on with your day.
If you aren’t up for a serious work out session then try gardening, which is secretly a work out in disguise. If you don’t have a garden, head down to your local allotment. Thirty minutes of bending and walking as you carry and plant things will do you some good. While you won’t be burning HIIT level calories, you will feel good after and if you spend your time planting herbs and vegetables, you will be able to feast off of the fruits of your labour in no time at all.