These beautiful summer days have a way of making us feel guilty about staying indoors, don’t they? It’s a shame to spend the entire day cooped up in the office, only to spend more time indoors during our workout before or after work. So what’s an outdoors person to do? Relocate to the outdoors, of course! For those days that you’re just itching to get outside, here are 4 ideas to bring your indoor workout outdoors.
1. Backyard Weight Workout
Dragging your entire strength training system outside might be more work than it’s worth. Free weights, on the other hand, are highly mobile and can easily be relocated to your back yard. Set up a mat on your back patio or deck and tackle your favorite weight workout outside. If you’ve got easy access to the outdoors from your home gym, you could alternate between your weight machinery indoors and the free weights outside.
2. Set up a Stretching Sanctuary in Nature
Pilates and yoga are two activities that are best performed outdoors. The warm sun and a calming breeze can help you to relax and become fully engaged. After your cardio workout indoors, head outside for some yoga to loosen up and stretch out those muscles.
3. Set Up an Indoor/Outdoor Circuit
Circuit training is a fun way to combine cardio and strength training, and when the weather’s nice, you can move a few of your stations outside. Set up mats outside for different stations and bring out balance bands and a medicine ball. Start with a warm up on the treadmill, followed by your outdoor stations:
- Abdominal work with the medicine ball
- Sumo squats
- Mountain climbers
Finish up your workout with a cool-down on the treadmill or elliptical.
4. Take a Walk on a Fit-Trail
Find a friend and go for a fit-walk for a more interactive alternative to your standard walk in the park. Some trails have fit-courses set up so that walkers can stop at different exercise stations along the way. If you don’t live near a fit-trail, take a walk in the park and use park benches, grassy areas and jungle gyms to create your own stations.
Especially in the midwest, our days of nice sunny weather and warm temperatures are numbered. Take advantage of the nice weather this summer and find ways to take your workouts outside.Pin It