by Charles Weller November 24, 2014
Let’s face it. Even those of us who make exercise a part of our regular routines have seasons when life gets in the way and it becomes difficult — if not impossible — to make it to the gym. Maybe you’re traveling for business, your car is in the shop, or you just can’t find a babysitter. Whatever it is, a hiccup in your schedule doesn’t have to derail your commitment to fitness.
When you realize that the world is your personal gym, you open the door to all kinds of opportunities for getting both cardio and strength training no matter what life holds.
Outdoor workouts aren’t only something that can be done almost anywhere, they also give you an excuse to break beyond the walls of the gym and soak up some vitamin D. Plus, exercising in nature is refreshing for your psyche and will force you to use different muscles, giving your workout a much-needed boost.
If you live in a region where temperatures are extremely hot, be sure to take caution when exercising outside and consider working out in the early morning or late evening when it tends to be cooler. No matter where you live, always hydrate and fuel up well so your energy doesn’t lag.
Here are a few of our favorite outdoor workouts. Combine them as needed to meet your fitness goals, and then get creative or come up with your own.
If you live where there’s beach access (whether natural or man made), this is a fantastic alternative to the treadmill. Running on sand is a great way to challenge your body while placing minimal stress on your joints.
When you don’t have the workout equipment you’re used to using, a park bench is really all you need to get in some intense, strength training moves.
Whether or not they call it “exercise,” kids are naturals at finding fun ways to be active outside. And many classic “kid” activities are actually great forms of exercise that will strengthen your core and tone your muscles.
There are countless other ways to get in your outdoor workouts. Try jumping in the lake or swimming laps in the pool. Hop on your bike and ride through the mountains. Use a sturdy tree as a pull up bar, and get down in the grass for some good old-fashioned pushups.
Whatever you do, don’t allow life to derail your fitness success. Remain active with outdoor workouts and eat a healthy, plant-based diet to stay fit and energized for every curveball that’s thrown your way!
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