7 Ways To Take Your Workout Outside

Give your tired and repetitive indoor workout routine a much needed break to explore the great outdoors. The opportunities to exercise outside are truly endless if you just put on your thinking cap, and maybe a little bit of sunscreen. Now adventure into the fresh air and try these outdoor activities to get your heart pumping!

1. Outdoor Yoga

Literally salute the sun by bringing your yoga practice outdoors. Find a class put on by a local studio or registered yoga instructor or lead your own flow. All you need is a mat and your breath.

2. Water Sports

Rather than performing relentless reps of bicep curls, push-ups, and tricep dips, take your upper body workout to the water. Try kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, or tubing for toned arms and a strong core.

3. DIY Outdoor Bootcamp

Turn your local park’s playground or jungle gym into an outdoor bootcamp. We’re talking pull ups or hanging knees-to-elbows on the monkey bars or box jumps onto playground platforms. Get creative with the equipment that you have available.

4. Trail Running

Explore the great outdoors by picking up trail running at your nearest state park. It’ll prove to be more scenic than the treadmill and potentially a lot more friendly on your joints than city pavement.

5. Bike to Work

No one said your outdoor exercise couldn’t be incorporated into your daily work routine! Why not kill two birds with one stone? Biking to work can be a great opportunity to get some fresh air before spending the day at your desk.

6. Swim

The warm summer season is the perfect time to pick up swimming. Grab your kids and head to the lake or pool for a beach day. Swimming is great for individuals looking for low impact activities that still offer a hard workout. The added resistance of water is sure to improve muscle strength and overall endurance.

7. Rollerblade

There was a reason why roller skating was so popular in the 70’s and inline skating in the 90’s—because it was a fun way to stay fit and healthy. Luckily this activity doesn’t require much skill beyond knowing how to stop, but we highly recommend proper safety equipment just in case. Rather than skating in circles, take your rollerblades out—it’s a great alternative to exploring your neighborhood on foot.

What’s your favorite outdoor summer activity?

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Carly Sippel is a registered yoga teacher, certified life coach, and nutrition nut. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Dietetics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She turns her passion into practice, promoting healthy bodies in both her personal and professional life.