10 Tips For Exercising Outdoors

Posted on August 14th, 2012 by mindovermatter in Overall Fitness

1. When it comes to lugging your stuff to the beach, you don’t have to put it on wheels. It’s a workout bringing it back and forth from the beach to begin with. At the beach itself it’s quite simple: bring a frisbee, perhaps a game of kadima, anything will work as long as your heart rate is elevated for 30 minutes.

2. Play in the water. Swimming has been around for a long time, and for good reason: it’s good exercise. For added difficulty, bring a boogie board or surf board for additional paddling.

3. Running along the beach is more of a challenge than your typical treadmill. Due to the uneven, soft surface, your muscles have to work harder to add to your stability.

4. Cooler step-ups: Use your cooler as a step bench like in class or any exercise in the gym. Great way to tone glutes and hamstrings.

5. Sand castles: they’re not just for kids any more. Don’t be afraid to get down, dirty and sandy. Rolling around on the ground shoveling sand for an hour is enough to fatigue anyone.

6. Park bench step-ups: same concept, but now you’re in the park using a picnic table.

7. Good old fashioned game of tag. Or actually, tag/hide and seek. Either will work. Kids can play for hours. Challenge yourself to keep up.

8. Bike/rollerblade/skateboard. Any means of conveyance you can fit on or in a car, bring to the park. Most recreational areas have great paths for rollerblading, biking, skateboarding or scooter-ing, depending on your preference.

9. Bench push-ups. Just like it sounds, use a bench as support and do push-ups on it. For a higher difficulty, the lower your arms the harder the push-up.

10. Take advantage of your surroundings. Namely, what’s under your feet: the soft, comfortable grass. Easy for anything from abdominal routines, to stretching, to yoga. More comfortable and motivating than any gym could hope to be.

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