It’s summer. You’ve spent a lot of time sweating inside the same four walls, so it’s time to get outside and share some of your calories with Mother Nature. No, it doesn’t mean that you need to drag your Adaptive Motion Trainer onto the lawn, (although there would be some therapeutic benefits to it).
If you need some ideas as to what to do when you’re away from your fave fitness equipment, we’ve come up with a list of 10 great ways to get an outdoor workout in. And as a bonus, some of them have more than one routine to try!
When bodybuilding.com offers an outdoor routine, you pay attention. This workout uses quite a bit of the outdoors, offering different routines in three settings—the park, the beach, the trail—so no matter where you go, you’ll have a guide to quality workout time.
And this is exactly what it is. From an outdoor workout that you can sneak in before the morning joggers have done a loop around the 1-mile track to a fitness scavenger hunt, there are some great outdoor exercises to keep it from getting dull.
Playgrounds can be dangerous places. But this takes the guesswork out of how to best and safely use everyday things you’d find at a childrens’ playground to get in a good workout. And in 30 minutes, too. Using the swing for a core workout is a nice touch.
Sometimes it’s not about being given a routine, but rather coming up with your own variations. This choose-your-own-adventure style video—shot outdoors and complete with 57 demonstrations—gives you the tools to create your own outdoor routine. Or you could do all 57 and see how that works out.
A top 10 inside a top 10. Now this is value for money. And no list of workout routines is complete without something from Men’s Fitness. There are no videos here, only exercises and descriptions. But if you’re a veteran, this shouldn’t be a problem for you. Find one you like and get it done.
This is not so much an outdoor workout (although it could be taken outside) as a routine to get you excited about being outdoors. On a beach. In the summer. With no shirt on.
You’ll never look at a park bench the same again. This quick toning routine takes the au natural fitness equipment approach. With four exercises on a park bench (and one using a tree), this routine maximizes your time in the greater park environs or offers you the option to add a firming and toning body-weight workout as you jog past an empty bench.
The Art of Manliness
If you’re stuck in woods with no facility in sight (or onsite), the Art of Manliness has you covered. And they even put a how-to video in there for you. All you’ll need is a log, some sylvan scenery and and a desire to get a workout in. The flannel is probably optional. SPOILER ALERT. There is wood splitting involved.
If you are really looking for a true au natural workout experience, then there is this Mikeal Stenstrom video. Using trees exclusively for his workout, this bodyweight and functional approach gets you up close and personal with nature. It is probably a good idea to check and make sure the branch is up to code first.
With a lead in like the “Ultimate Outdoor Workout,” this had to make the list. Also, for those that are pressed for time, these six exercises can be done in 30 minutes. Relying on a park bench (a very popular piece of outdoor fitness equipment, it would seem), it furthers the outdoor routine with some light resistance bands, and intersperses it with some jogging, too.
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