As the weather gets warmer we all like doing more and more activities outdoors. The great thing is that we can get a really good workout in as well without the use of any special equipment.
If you are out for a run or walk, you can add in bodyweight exercises. Squats, lunges, push ups, pull-ups (or arm hangs), jumping jacks or burpees are easy to add. Every time you get to a corner or some other landmark, do your bodyweight exercise.
Another option is using the park. While your kids are playing, you can use the park benches for things like pushups, dips, step-ups, and planks. These will all help you get your exercise in (a great way to squeeze in more activity to reach the suggested guidelines!) Add in a jog from the play area to the bench you are using to incorporate cardio in your strength training.
So, save the gym for your more guided workouts, either with a trainer or in a group exercise class. With just a little creativity, you can get a great workout in while enjoying the great summer weather we wait for all winter! (And make sure you are staying properly hydrated in the heat & sun!)
We understand the value of outdoor workouts at Elite Sports Clubs! That’s why we offer many of our small group training programs outdoors too! Check out Outdoor Boot Camp at our Mequon location, or Train Like a Trainer out of our North Shore location. We also have great set-ups for outdoor yoga utilizing our pool & backyard decks, plus TRX, boot camp, functional, and obstacle course training using our outdoor green space at all of our clubs and specially built structures at our Mequon & West Brookfield clubs.
What is your favorite outdoor workout? How do you utilize park structures for bodyweight exercises? Tell us in the comments!
By Jason Liegl, Elite Sports Club-Mequon Personal Trainer