The sun is shining and the outdoors feel fresher than ever.
What better reason to get outside?
If you are someone who is frequent to the gym or who appreciates at-home workouts, it may be time to shake things up. Step outside and break a sweat in the sun -- a little Vitamin D never hurt anybody.
Working out outside doesn’t require you to drag equipment to your front yard or nearest park. It simply requires creativity.
Check out the following 5 tips for tapping into your outdoor exercise innovation.
INVEST IN A YOGA MAT
A full body outdoor workout craves a usable space. You don’t need a perfectly paved sidewalk or freshly cut grass to do so. A yoga mat will be your outdoor workout best friend, allowing you to roll her out and break a sweat anywhere. While there are plenty of pricey yoga mats out there, you can find them for as little as $20 online and in store.
SAY HELLO TO BODYWEIGHT BURN OUTS
Small weights and resistance bands are great additions to outdoor workouts, but are by no means essential. Bodyweight exercises like push-ups, lunges, squats, and abdominal circuits can be done in a million ways. You can make these movements as beginner-friendly or as advanced as you prefer.
FIND A STAIRCASE
Leverage your surroundings! A staircase is a fantastic outdoor workout partner. You can do anything from incline/decline pushups and elevated lunges to sprints. A staircase is also great to use in a partner workout. Have your partner stand at the base and do something stationary while you use the stairs to pump out a different exercise. Complete your reps and switch positions!
PARK BENCH IT
Similar to a staircase, a park bench is an awesome piece of equipment to use in an outdoor workout. Try out some elevated tricep dips or step ups next time you get a sweat in the sun.
SPRINT IT OUT
Running is a hit or a miss for most people. If you are able to run, doing so outside is a different experience than hopping on a treadmill. Find a nice strip of grass or a trail and incorporate short sprints into your workout. It can be as simple as running 40 meters in between each bodyweight circuit you complete. This will turn your standard outdoor workout into a challenging session.