Bored with your current training routine? Tired of driving to the gym to exercise in such good weather? Are you stuck in a fitness routine and looking for new ideas to renew your progress? The warmer weather is here, so why not take your exercise routine outside?
Let’s be honest. Driving 30 minutes to the gym to walk on the treadmill and lift weights doesn’t make much sense in good weather. Not to mention, he’s been locked up all winter, he’s very bored with his exercise routine, and hasn’t seen any progress in months.
Sit down and make yourself comfortable. I’m going to share with you some ideas that will get you out of the way, get you interested in training again, and help you experience a level of progress you haven’t seen in years. Interested? I hope you said YES!
In my 10 years in the sport of fitness, I’ve found that I keep coming back to a couple of key points. One: You must try to live to do more from one training session to another. Two: We all need regular variety in your training (for psychological and physiological reasons). Today I’m going to talk about the second point and teach you how getting a little variety in your training can help you get back on the right track. Take a look at these outdoor workout ideas to add some variety to your routine:
1. Take Your Weight Training Outdoors to Mix It Up: During the summer months I really enjoy taking my strength training outdoors. I love taking my weights to the backyard or to the local park. Training with a loved one or a group of dedicated friends is a great way to go. Some of the training tools that work well for outdoor training are kettlebells (shown in the image below; it looks like a large bowling ball with a handle), clubbells (a weighted bat), medicine balls ( fun to throw), sled drag (great for athletes), weighted vest workouts, sandbag training (nothing fancy here, just sand in a bag), and good old dumbbells.
2. Try some interval training to increase fat loss – Look, the “fat burning” zone is a myth. Sure, your body uses fat as an energy source after 30 minutes of continuous exercise at a certain intensity, but sports scientists have shown us that shorter efforts of higher intensity exercise can be even more effective in reducing your percentage. of body fat (have you ever wondered why sprinters are so skinny without running for 30 minutes straight ???). A great way to incorporate interval training into your summer workout can be as simple as warming up for 5-10 minutes and then alternating 30 seconds of more intense effort with 30 seconds of more moderate effort. You can do this on your mountain bike, road bike, doing hill sprints, kayak sprints, jumping rope, track sprints, or even doing bodyweight calisthenics like jumping jacks. Enjoy!
3. Do mini-workouts throughout the day: An easy way to fit in some outdoor workouts is to choose any exercise and take short breaks outside. You could walk out of your office and perform a series of squats, walking lunges, elevated push-ups, climbing stairs where you skip steps, or even calf raises. Remember: it is your total energy expenditure at the end of the day that is important, not doing it all at once.
4. Get some gardening done: The garden is a mess, so you might as well exercise and be productive at the same time. Try stacking lumber, raking leaves, building a rock wall, digging a hole (you decide what for), walking around with a loaded wheelbarrow, carrying things around the yard on your head, spreading a little mulch around your newly just plants. to put in the hole you dug earlier.
5. Admire the scenery: make the world your gym. Commercial health clubs have nothing on mother nature. Get out and take a walk in the local park, go hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and hit the beach for a jog in the sand or jump in the waves. Getting outside can be a great way to adopt a physical lifestyle and add some variety to your current training program.
6. Take Obstacle Walks – A great way to add some variety to your routine is to mix in some bodyweight calisthenics like squats, push-ups, and jumps into your summer walks to increase calorie expenditure and challenge your body. Walking on a treadmill is boring and predictable. Taking a hurdle hike through your local park can be so much more enjoyable, and the “chaos” of walking outside might just be the right variety you’ve been looking for.
7. Get involved in a summer sports league: Playing sports is a great way to add some variety to your routine and have fun doing it. There are hiking clubs, mountain biking clubs, road cycling clubs, triathlon training clubs, softball leagues, martial arts tournaments, basketball leagues, and more. In fact, I’m participating in a summer basketball league for the first time in years and can’t wait to start. It’s a great opportunity to get outside, make new friends, and engage in life-enhancing physical activity.
There you have it: 7 ideas for taking your fitness training outdoors and incorporating some variety into your program. One thing to consider is hitting the gym a couple days a week and doing your other workouts outside. Mother Nature has given us some great options, so get out there this summer and take advantage and I’m sure you will see renewed progress (and have fun doing it!).
Train with purpose