Kick that cabin fever and take your workout outside! After months of being stuck inside, the warmer weather is a great reason to head outdoors. Spring is a wonderful time to get back into an exercise routine, if you took an exercise hiatus over the long cold winter. Here are some other great reasons to take your workout outside:
No expensive equipment or gym membership required. If you do have a gym membership, consider putting it on hold during the warmer months. Not only will you save money but you will decrease workout burnout with the change of scenery and variety that comes with an outdoor workout.
You’ll Workout Longer
Time flies when you looking at the beautiful scenery instead of the wall in front of your treadmill. The change of environment will combat workout drudgery. When you exercise outside, you have a lot more distractions to help make the time fly.
You Will Burn More Calories
Jogging, running, or walking on outdoor trails will challenge your body more than a typical treadmill workout. Plus you tend to workout longer so you will burn more calories.
You’ll Be Happier
Exercising outside will help you to feel less stressed and more relaxed. So take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy!
You’ll Be Healthier
The best source of Vitamin D is from sun exposure. Exercising outdoors allows your body to absorb some much need Vitamin D.
You Make the Schedule
You can workout anytime outside. No working around fitness class schedules or gym hours you can workout whenever you get the exercise bug.
In addition to walking, jogging, and running, here are some outdoor activities you should try!
Street or mountain biking
Canoeing or kayaking
It is sometimes nice to break up your exercise routine and try something new! Try this fun 30 minute outdoor circuit workout!
Stand on a flat surface with your feet together.
Bend your knees and hop as far as you can to your right, landing on the ball of your right foot.
Without returning left foot to the ground, bend your right knee and hop as far as you can to the left.
Work up to 20 hops on each side.
Sit on a bench and place your hands on either side of your hips.
Slide your butt forward, supporting yourself with your hands.
Bend elbows, bringing upper arms almost parallel to ground, then return to starting position.
Keep lower back close to the bench throughout the exercise.
Complete 12 to 15 reps.
Stand facing a park bench and place your hands on the seat; walk your feet out behind you until your legs are fully extended.
Bend your arms and lower chest toward bench, then push up.
Complete 12 reps.
Turn around and place your hands on the ground and your feet on the bench (not shown); walk your hands forward until they’re aligned under shoulders, legs extended.
Lower chest toward ground, then push up. Complete 8 reps.
Work up to 20 reps of each.
Find a curb or fallen tree with a smooth surface that is at least 6 feet long.
Raise arms out to sides and walk across the “tightrope” until you reach the end (or go at least 6 feet).
Turn on the balls of your feet; walk in the opposite direction.
Continue for 3 minutes.
Stand with feet hip-distance apart, elbows bent, with fists near ribs.
Take three giant steps to your right, sliding your left foot to meet the right.
Bend your knees and jump up, turning to face the opposite direction.
Repeat, shuffling to your left.
Continue alternating sides for 1 minute.
Stand with right side facing a step, log, or flat rock.
Hold your arms out to your sides at shoulder height and bend elbows 90 degrees, palms facing forward.
Step up with your right foot, contracting abs while bringing left knee and right elbow together in front of you.
Return to starting position; do 12 reps.
Switch sides and repeat.
Using a step, fallen log, or flat rock, step up with your left foot and lift your right leg directly behind you.
Step down and repeat on opposite side.
Next, step up on left foot, raising right leg diagonally behind you; switch sides and repeat.
Step up on left foot, kicking right foot out to side; switch legs and repeat.
Continue until you’ve completed the kick cycle (back, diagonal, side) 26 times.
Take hold of a sturdy, low tree branch, monkey bars, or other elevated handhold, palms facing forward.
Keeping arms fully extended, exhale as you bend your knees and bring them slowly toward your abs.
Inhale as you slowly release.
Do as many reps as you can, working up to 12.
Place four to six small rocks in a zigzag pattern, about 1 1/2 feet between each rock.
Keeping your feet together, hop to the outside of each rock.
Turn around when you reach the end.
Repeat for 1 minute.