More and more people are now attuned to their fitness needs. Whether it is an indoor or outdoor exercise activity, they will always take the chance to stay physically fit and healthy.
Outdoor exercises are also popular nowadays. Like indoor exercises, you can get a lot of benefits like:
- little equipment is needed to have a good workout; but there are also exercises that do not require any equipment at all
- no more obnoxious people or crowded gyms
- no need to drive back and forth a fitness facility
- you can enjoy the fresh air
- does not require special workout outfit or make-up
- you get a lot of sunshine and vitamin D
- you can work out anytime and anywhere
Some of the reasons for preferring outdoor exercises as a fitness routine may not be included on the list but whatever your reason is, there are still other things to think about. Now that you know the benefits, the next step is to learn the different activities fit for the outdoors.
There are seven top outdoor exercises; if you want to get all sweaty, feeling great and worn out, you can check out these exercises.
Lunges – this kind of exercise should be done in perfect form so that all your leg muscles, as well as your buttock muscles will work with every motion. You can also include some variations like standing lunges, alternative, elevated, walking, and rear lunges.
Pushups – this is truly an effective exercise for your upper body but very few people do this now because they prefer press machines. The push up is a productive exercise that does not require any equipment. The basic movements include standard, wide, and close grips. By doing the three basic movements alternately, you can stimulate the muscles on your shoulders, chest, and triceps. You can achieve easier movement by elevating your hands; for harder movement, try elevating your feet. If you are brave enough, you can try clapping and bounce pushups.
Squats – doing squats the proper way can provide incredible power. Its effectiveness has been lost due to inappropriate form, improper instruction, and laziness. You can do variations like one leg, standing, pile, wide-stance, and overhead squat. By doing repetitions, you can feel your legs getting tired which means it taking its effect.
Step ups – if you do this exercise properly, then you are doing a brutal exercise. A bench will do as your equipment, and all you must do is to step up and down. Just make sure that your head is always up and your back is in a straight position. This is also a great cardio exercise.
Chin ups – also called pull ups; use a tree branch or any playground equipment that allows you to pull yourself up and down. You can repeat this exercise as many times as you like.
Uphill sprints – try this exercise only if you can do a 100-meter dash. This is carried out by running uphill. Find a decent-sized hill and run up fast. Then walk right down. Just keep on repeating.
Duck walks – walk like a duck; squat down and stay put, then start walking. Repeat, as necessary.
Doing outdoor exercises, the right way is hard, but the benefits you can get cannot be easily ignored.
Have you ever felt tired and stressed out from work and by the time you get home you see your three children running towards you asking you to play basketball with them? You refused and promised them that you will after you take you rest.
Instead of disappointing your children, why not say, “yes” after all? You will be surprised by the amount of energy you will have after that 30-minute activity.
Did you know that by exercising at a moderate pace for only 30 minutes, you would feel a lot better, mentally? It has been proven that this improves the appetite and sharpens your style in problem solving. Not only that. You will also feel that it is easier to sleep at night if you do moderate exercises even for only 30 minutes every day.
What are the benefits of regular exercise? It promotes self-discipline and has a positive impact how you perceive life. Exercise helps in lifting your spirits and getting you out of any depression. For first timers, it can be done for 15 minutes for 2 to 3 days a week. You can increase the time you spend once your body gets tuned up for it.
DON’T you ever force your body! If you get hurt, then stop. You can take a break from exercising for a few days and then you can start again but you need to start from day 1.
Here are some moderate exercises you can do and enjoy:
1. Do the Walking. Make use of your surroundings. You can walk your dog, with your partner or child. Encourage your family to do the walking exercise daily and you will find yourself burning calories while enjoying the surroundings and getting enough sunlight that is also good for your body.
2. Discover the wonders of Yoga. Yoga is one effective exercise that energizes not only your body but also your soul. You may want to learn even the basic yoga positions that are not too complicated but proven effective. A five-minute yoga exercise can perk you up and recharge your body with the energy you lost for the whole day. You relax and at the same time you stretch!
3. Engage yourself into sports. Play basketball, football, baseball, tennis, or badminton. Many doctors have recommended sports as an effective way to stay fit and healthy. Sports can also be done in moderation. Do not take it seriously. Shooting basketball with a friend is one moderate exercise that is also considered a sport.
4. Join exercise programs at work. If you still do not have exercises programs at work, then why not start it? You can talk to your boss about it and start with your colleagues. You do not only lose calories, but it is also one good way to bond with them. This can be done 30 minutes, 3 times a week.
5. Exercise while doing household chores. Gardening, raking leaves, lawn mowing, doing the laundry, vacuuming and car washing are effective moderate exercises at home. Make use of these chores to sweat and burn calories. Instead of using machines and gadgets to perform these chores, why not do it with your hands and lose some fats?
Making exercises as part of your daily routines will surprise you of how much calories you will lose. Doing these moderate exercises of the same amount every day can burn 150 calories up to 1,000 calories a day!