Outdoor workout routines will help you to break with the monotony of the Gym, and will kept you motivate to practice sports
1. Add variety
Getting outdoors can add variety to your workout. Instead of sticking to a prescribed gym-based cardio and weights programme, surprise your body with a completely different workout outdoors. Many people make the mistake of adhering to only 10 to 20 resistance/weights exercises.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
If you think about the multitude of muscles there are in the body, over time doing the same exercises in the same order no longer poses a challenge, so you will probably see a plateau affect. Kick this plateau up the rear by adding a variety of bodyweight exercises to your routine. Do this and you can take your workout anywhere and get an overall and very effective workout. Remember to do a high number of good quality reps.
2. Use nature
Workout outdoors and use various natural factors to make outdoor exercises more challenging, for instance, if there is a wind blowing run into it and if there are uneven surfaces (including grass or sand) use it to develop your supportive muscles and increase leg strength and power. Now, I’m not for one minute suggesting abandoning your gym weights program me, but by varying Outdoor workouts routines with the gym, you will challenge the body and also your brain.
3. Get Vitamin D
Cardio machines are fine for winter, but when the sun is shining, you catch some Vitamin D by running or biking somewhere green. Exercising in green space (i.e. parks) has also been proven to boost mood. During the warmer months there are also a variety of races and events to enter. The trick is to enter enough, but not too many races, to give you goals to continually work towards. I own a small fitness studio in Scotland and over the winter months many of my clients focus on strength using free weights in the nice warm and bright studio.
However, as soon as the weather and light levels improve, half of our PT sessions are outdoors. We head to the local park at the end of the street for interval training, balance and coordination strength exercises, skipping rope, TRX® and outdoor circuits using resistance tubes and cardio stations. Not only does this add variety and therefore maintain interest but the strength gained over the winter is transformed into something truly explosive in a sunny park.
4. Jump in the Sun
Plyometric (jumping) exercises are good to do on grass as the dirt absorbs impact better than a concrete floor. Try jumping jacks, tuck jumps and star jumps in a circuit.
Your outdoor work goes everywhere
The wonderful thing about an outdoor workout is that you can do it when you’re on your summer holidays. Instead of using a hotel gym, get outdoors and see the scenery as you workout. Early morning sessions are energising and perfect in hot climates. If you’re near a beach, jog with bare feet one way on the soft sand, then back the other way knee- deep in the sea – it’s an enjoyable way to strengthen the knees and ankles. So what are you waiting for,get out there any enjoy it!