Spring has sprung, and so has the amount of time you spend inside the gym. Instead of giving up altogether, use the fresh air as your motivation to have fun and get fit at the same time. Try these great outdoor workouts for spring and burn calories to get your bod ready for the beach!
Playing tennis is a great core and cardio workout for any fitness level. The stop-and-go motion of running across the court to return volleys increases your metabolism and burns more calories than steady cardio, while your core muscles transfer the force needed to hit the ball with your racket. Grab a friend and hit the court for a competitive match, or change the pace with a cooperative challenge where the goal isn’t to beat your partner, but rather see how many consecutive hits you can make.
Have you mastered the handstand scorpion pose? On dry ground, maybe. But probably not on the water. SUP yoga classes are making waves at many outdoor community pools. SUP yoga takes regular practice to a whole different level. It increases the amount of core stability necessary to perform poses and activates new muscles. Learn how in a controlled pool environment, then take this full-body workout on the lake or ocean to experience a deeper connection with nature.
Fitness Scavenger Hunt
Mix up your tired workout routine with a scavenger hunt. Make a list of five or more bodyweight exercises such as:
- Incline pushups
- Pistol squats
- Calf raises
- Triceps dip
Then write down something you commonly see in your neighborhood next to each exercise. If you listed bus bench next to triceps dip, stop and complete a set of 10 each time you see a bus bench. Tulips translate to pistol squats, coffee cups to calf raises, etc. No two workouts will be the same, and you can enjoy the fresh, spring air at the same time.
What are your favorite outdoor workouts? Add to our list by commenting below.