It’s almost summer! Time to take your workout outside. We have our top 3 outdoor workouts coming at you below. Seize the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the warm summer weather before winter creeps back. It’s time for a change of scenery. Below are our top 3 workouts to do this summer.
If you live near a lake, a bay, or the ocean this one is for you. No need to own a paddleboard, most cities now have paddleboard rentals. If you are a beginner, I recommend you wearing something that can get wet, preferably your bathing suit. If you are advanced or just a risk-taker, you can paddleboard in regular clothing. Just make sure it is loose and/or stretchy enough so that you have a full range of motion. And of course, don’t forget your sunscreen! Now onto the benefits of paddleboarding… this activity is shown to increase core stability, improve balance, reduce stress, improve cardiovascular help and strengthen your muscles. It is great if you are looking for something that is low impact but still want to build muscle and improve stamina. The best part about paddleboarding is once you get comfortable enough on your board, you can even bring your dog along. Or, if you are really brave, try paddleboarding yoga!
Another way to work up a sweat outdoors is to go on a hike. If you are lucky enough to live in an area with a lot of trails, you can pick a new one to do each week. Hiking is one of the best ways to break up the monotony of the same old gym workouts and bring you outdoors to take in mother nature and all her beauty. Hiking will build strength in your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves. Also, because it is a weight bearing exercise, it will increase your bone density. Aside for building strength and improving your cardiovascular system, hiking is shown to burn about 250 calories per hour depending on the hike. I almost forgot the best part…it’s FREE!
Backyard Circuit Training
Grab a mat and head out to your backyard, your patio, your balcony, or even a local park. This workout can be done almost anywhere, no weights required! In this workout, you’ll do 2 circuits. Do each exercise then rest 30 seconds at the end of that round. Repeat 3X then rest for 2 minutes before moving on to circuit number 2. Get ready to sweat!
20 Jumping lunges
20 Leg raises
20 Mountain climbers
20 Plie squats with pulse
20 Alternating reverse lunges per side
20 Squat jumps
20 Skater hops each leg
Sweating yet? Make sure you take your EnduraQ to help you recover faster so you can get back to your workouts quicker.