It’s been a long winter, but it’s finally spring! Are you ready to get outside and get moving? We’ve got some great suggestions for exercising outdoors.
- Try a total-body workout circuit. After warming up with some power walking or light jogging, move on to the following exercises.
- Side Leap: Standing on a flat surface, feet together, bend your knees, and hop as far as you can, first to one side and then the other, landing on the ball of your foot each time. 20 reps
- Park Bench Dip: Sitting on a bench with your hands on either side of your hips, slide forward, bend your elbows, bringing your upper arms almost parallel to the ground before returning to starting position. 15 reps
- Tightrope Walk: Step onto a curb or fallen tree at least 6 feet long, extend your arms to the side, and walk the “tightrope” to the end. Walk back and forth for three minutes.
- Side Shuffle: Standing with feet hip-distance apart, elbows bent, fists near ribs, take three large steps to the right, sliding your left foot to meet the right. Bend your knees, jump up, turn to face the opposite direction, and repeat, to the left. Alternate sides for one minute.
- Side Step: Stand with a step, log, or flat rock to your side, holding your arms to your side at shoulder height, elbows at 90 degrees, palms facing forward. Step up with the right foot and bring the left knee up to meet the right elbow. Return to starting position. 12 reps per side
- Hanging Crunch: Holding monkey bars or another elevated handhold, palms facing forward, keep your arms fully extended, and exhale as you bend your knees, bringing them slowly toward your abs. Inhale as you slowly release. 12 reps
- Go for an intense outdoor cardio workout. Complete 10 long jumps, 10 pushups, 15 sumo squats, 15 burpees, 20 bicycle crunches, and 20 mountain climbers. Time yourself, trying to beat your time on your next workout.
- Try a new, fun sport. Cycling and rollerblading are old news, so why not go for something exciting like stand-up paddleboarding? Take some lessons, like sailing, rowing, or even trapeze, or go trail running for a full-body workout.
- Do something good while you exercise. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities that allow you to get a workout while you help out. Clean up a park, for example, or walk dogs for a local shelter.
Of course, just because you can exercise outdoors doesn’t mean you’ll always want to. At the Wellbridge Family of Athletic Clubs, we offer world-class fitness opportunities that keep up to date with the latest in health and wellness. At our clubs, you’ll be greeted by our friendly team before you’re challenged and motivated by top-notch instructors in our fitness classes. You’ll make new friends because you belong here. Join today or contact us to learn more.