Spring is here, and that means one thing - time to move your training outdoors. Flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer, and the temperatures are climbing. A new season means a new you! That feeling of reinvigoration is contagious, so get outdoors and share it with the world. Here are some outdoor workouts to kick your spring training into gear!
This may be an obvious one, but hopping off the treadmill and taking your run outdoors is a great way to make the most out of the season while getting your exercise in. Running helps strengthen muscles, build strong bones, burn calories, and improve your cardiovascular health. Taking it outdoors allows you to change the venue to anywhere you please - from local streets, to parks, to nature trails. You can wear headphones, listen to nature, or, if you’re in the street, focus on traffic and pedestrians.
The Bench Workout
You read that right, find a park bench and turn it into your gym. There’s no need to bring dumbbells, resistance bands, or any of the usual workout gear. With just you and the bench you can get a full training session in. Decline pushups (or feet-elevated pushups), alternating step-up jumps, elevated step-ups, lateral leg circles, mountain climbers, side step-ups, tricep dips, seated sit-ups, bridge lifts, etc. The options are almost endless.
A great cardio workout, cycling also works your glutes, calves, arms, quads, hamstrings, shoulders, back, and depending on the terrain, even your core. It’s also a great way to take in some sights or travel to any destination - granted it’s within cycling distance and there are safe roads or trails to follow.
If you have some time on your hands, why not spend some of it getting a great lower-body workout while enjoying the benefits of connecting with nature? Hiking is great for your calves, glutes, quads, and hamstrings. It improves heart health and builds stronger muscles and bones. Connecting with nature can also be relaxing and improve mental health.
It was fun as a kid, why wouldn’t it be fun now? Great for cardiovascular health, jump-roping also improves coordination and burns carbs. Try it on two feet, then switch on and off hopping on your right foot and then your left for a more challenging workout.
Basically, any workout you do indoors without equipment, can also be done outdoors. Think pushups, sit-ups, burpees, lunges, planks, yoga, tai chi, and so many more. Take your workout to the park, and enjoy the spring air.
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