Give yourself a shot of motivation by taking your fitness routine outside
Gray winter days and cold weather lead most of us toward warm indoor workouts for a few months. When spring finally arrives and the weather starts to warm up, we’re itching to get out in the sunshine!
If you’ve been stuck in a rut during the cold winter months, now is the time to switch things up and head outdoors. Not only will it boost your mood, but it will also give you a break from the stuffy gym grind and give you a chance to catch some vitamin D and fresh air.
If you want to take your workout outside but don’t know where to start, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with these three outdoor workout ideas. These are great for all fitness levels and totally free!
Why work out outside
For starters, exercising outside is convenient. No mustier gym locker rooms, waiting for weight machines and getting stared down at the rack. Add in the membership fee and working out at a gym seems like so much extra work.
Instead, get outside to reap all the mental benefits of an easy, convenient workout. This study found that people who walked outside for 90 minutes were less likely to worry and have symptoms of depression. What a great way to combat the winter blues!
There’s also some evidence that spending time outdoors can lower blood pressure. Fresh air calms the mind and lowers stress – so it’s important to take your workout outside when you can.
Go for a run
Get your cardio in with an outdoor run. All you need is a good pair of shoes and the open road! There’s nothing more satisfying than a good, hard run. It has a way of clearing the mind and resetting our mood.
Not a runner? That’s ok. You can alternate running and walking to get your heart pumping. If you’re just starting out, a brisk walk will do the trick. Don’t feel pressure to push too hard. Instead, build your endurance over time.
Start with short intervals of a few minutes, and gradually increase your speed as you warm up. Even if you don’t love it at first, your body will adjust, and it will become easier with time. You’ll be a runner before you know it!
Make sure to follow road safety and be aware of cars and cyclists around you. If you wear headphones, try to keep the volume low enough that you can hear your surroundings.
HIIT park workout
If you want to get some strength work in, try a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout at a nearby park. It will burn fat and tone you up quickly. The best part? No equipment is necessary!
Do each exercise in a circuit, taking 20-second breaks in between sets. Here’s the routine:
- Monkey bar pull-ups 4×20
- Mountain climbers 2×1 minute
- Pushups 2×10
- Park bench tricep dips 4×12
Sometimes, the most refreshing workout is one in the water. Head to the nearest public pool or your favorite watering hole, and get a swimming workout in.
Swimming has so many benefits including heart health, muscle toning, and weight management. It’s also a great low-impact workout, which means it’s easy on your joints and muscles. You’ll feel the burn as your muscles work, but you won’t have to pound on your bones and joints, making it a bit easier to recover.
As soon as the weather warms up, start thinking of places you can fit in a great swim workout. You don’t have to follow a specific program, but we recommend mixing in different stroke variations to work for every muscle group.
Make sure to rinse before and after swimming in chlorinated water, because it can be harsh for your skin.
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