It happens every year; the weather gets warmer, the daylight lasts longer, and you crave to be outdoors after a long, stuffy winter. Trying some new outdoor fitness routines will you have you enjoying the splendid weather, and improving your fitness to boot! Read on for some awesome fitness activities that will give you a great full-body workout while you enjoy the great wide open.
Walking was probably the first thing that came to mind when you thought of an outdoor fitness routine. It’s certainly a great starting point for beginners, and it can be a good workout for avid fitness buffs too. Whether you’re just starting out, or are wanting an alternative to the treadmill, you can kick your spring workout up a notch with interval walking. To put is simply: Walk fast. Walk slow. Repeat. Burst into a fast walk for 30 seconds, followed by two minutes of a slower paced walk for recovery. Repeat that for the duration of your workout. As your fitness level progresses, increase the time of the fast burst. This is a great way to improve your level of fitness and burn extra calories.
Spring is a great time to take your favorite spin class outdoors! Hopping on two wheels for an extended road ride or on local trails is a great way to improve your cardiovascular fitness. Even better, you’ll build some killer muscles in your legs all the while burning tons of calories while you soak up the scenery.
Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, or Rowing
Take your outdoor fitness routines on the water with these great low-impact cardio activities that work a variety of muscles in your body. Sailing is a total-body workout that helps build upper body muscular endurance, agility, coordination, and flexibility. Rowing works your legs and core in a major way and will have you blasting off calories and building your endurance.
Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)
SUP is a fantastic outdoor workout that challenges your core, balance, and overall body strength. SUP may look like an easy undertaking, but don’t be fooled. It uses your ENTIRE body and requires core stability and control. The best part is that it’s so fun you don’t even feel like you’re exercising. So go ahead and try something new this season; give SUP a go!
This outdoor fitness routine will boost your calorie burn without adding time to your run. The textured, uneven terrain makes your body work harder with every step, in turn, giving you a more intense and effective workout than running on the treadmill. Lucky for you, Wisconsin is full of stunning and challenging trails!
This spring, get outside, try some new outdoor fitness routines, and you’ll be surprised at how much fun you’ll have while you’re boosting your calorie burn and using muscles you may have forgotten you have.