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5 Outdoor Exercise Ideas For Better Health

April 4, 2018
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With the official start of spring, now’s the perfect time of year to switch up your fitness regimen, or to begin one. Longer days and warmer weather create a great environment to try new exercises that don’t require you to visit the gym.

 

With winter officially over, it's time to ditch the boots and head outdoors. Here are 5 Outdoor Exercise Ideas to help you Spring into shape this year.

Outdoor Exercise Ideas

 

Best of all these routines allow you to improve your fitness while enjoying the outdoors. So let’s get to moving and discover 5 outdoor exercise routines that will help you achieve better health.


Hiking

I’m not a fan of heights and the thought of climbing a mountain has never appealed to my frightened senses. It wasn’t until a recent trip to Phoenix, where I hiked several mountains, that I discovered I really enjoy the physical challenge and mental clarity it provides. The scenery and being surrounded by nature made the experience even better.

Along with the beautiful views, there are several health benefits of hiking. Improved cardiovascular health is linked with hiking, as your heart is required to work harder to keep up with the increasing physical demand. Hiking can also improve core strength because it targets many of the muscles responsible for stability and coordination.

In addition to the physical benefits to your health, hiking is a great way to reduce stress and clear your mind. Channeling negative emotions into an activity, such as hiking, allows you to redirect your attention towards positive goals and thinking.

 

Working Out At The Park

If you are looking for an outdoor exercise routine that doesn’t require much equipment, look no further than a local park. From the monkey bars, picnic benches to the trails, there’s plenty of free equipment to use during your routine. Whether you’re focusing on a specific muscle group or a full body workout, there are several exercises you can perform at the park.


Park Bench Exercises


Monkey Bar Exercises (click to view)

 

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Swimming

Swimming is not only a great way to cool off during warmer months, it’s also a gentle and effective way to improve your physical health. High-impact exercises such as running, while great for cardiovascular health, can have negative effects on the joints. The benefits of water-based exercise include decreased risk of chronic illness and improved health for those with heart disease and diabetes.

In addition, swimming can be used as a form of strength training. It provides a good amount of resistance while being soft on the joints and muscles. Incorporating a few strength exercises suitable for the pool into your exercise routine will help tone every muscle group in your body. Give it a try the next time you head to the pool.

 

Track & Field

Great for cardiovascular health, endurance and strength training, there are many benefits to taking your outdoor exercise routine to the track. Remember to listen to your body and take appropriate breaks, staying hydrated, as you perform these exercises, especially on warm days.


Exercises

 

Backyard “Gym”

Using your backyard as a mini “gym” is great for the days you want to enjoy an outdoor workout but don’t want to leave home. One of the great benefits of working out at home is that you can use any gym equipment you may already have. I personally own a set of dumbells,  ankle weights, a kettlebell that are versatile enough to use for most exercises. Here are a few at-home exercises you can do from the comfort of your backyard.


Upper Body

Core

Lower Body

banded kickbacks

Whether you are a fitness expert or looking to get into better shape, it’s important to find the right balance in your workout routine. Experiment with different exercises, starting where you are in your fitness level. Remember to focus solely on your results, avoid comparing yourself to others. This is your journey and over time you will notice positive changes in both your physical health and overall well-being.

 

Share with me in the comments below some of your favorite outdoor workout exercises.

 

8 responses to “5 Outdoor Exercise Ideas For Better Health”

  1. Abbie says:

    I loved your post thank you for sharing! Hiking is my favorite outdoor activitie because of the beautiful sceneries!

  2. Lindsay says:

    I love hiking and swimming! They give me so much to look forward to with the weather warming up 🙂 great ideas for exercising in the park as well!

  3. Lily says:

    Hiking is so much fun! It doesn’t feel like exercise, and being in nature is rejuvenating. I’ve been trying to learn to swim for years, but can’t ever get completely comfortable in the water.

    • Sunny says:

      It’s very peaceful once you reach the top of a mountain and look at everything that surrounds you. Swimming is something I definitely want to become better at. I’m fine until the deep end of a pool, lol.

  4. Janet says:

    I love hiking! It’s my favourite activity on your list because you also get to spend time in nature!

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