Make the World Your Gym (Without a Gym Membership)

Whether you want to get in shape, form new habits, or simply spend more time soaking in the sun — there’s no wrong reason to pick up a few new outdoor exercises. Not sure how to get started? No worries. We have three great tips to make the best outdoor workout for you!


1. Try Bodyweight Fitness

Using your body to train is a great way to introduce working out into your routine. Many of these movements, like planks, burpees, and bicycles, can be done practically anywhere and don’t take up too much space. So find where you are most comfortable — the park, backyard, etc. — and blast your favorite music while you dominate your outdoor workout.

There are a bunch of resources online to find bodyweight routines and advice on exercise modifications, so don’t be afraid to mix and match to find the one that works for you!

2. Invest in Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are a great investment for outdoor exercise, especially if you’re short on time. They’re pretty inexpensive, usually between $10 to $20 — cheaper than most monthly gym memberships!


For example, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and put one end of the strap underneath your feet. Pull up on the other end with one or both hands to do a bicep curl. Or wrap the strap around a horizontal bar and through itself to secure, and, standing with feet hips-width apart and good posture, pull on the strap in a rowing motion.


If the toughest band becomes too easy, add the other bands to increase resistance for a harder outdoor workout.

3. Turn Chores into Workouts

Why not take things you normally do every day and, with small modifications, turn them into workouts? If you’re gardening, make sure when you bend down you’re practicing proper squat form. When you’re raking or doing other lawn work, slightly bend your knees to activate your core. You probably won’t get a six pack from flexing your abs, but you may notice that you have a better posture, better stability, and better stamina.


Another simple exercise is doing calf raises whenever you find yourself standing still — like folding laundry off the line, grilling, or even while watering plants. You could even do lunges as you walk from place to another. Whatever it is you do, make it fun for yourself!


Whether it’s finding the perfect bodyweight routine, investing in outdoor exercise equipment, or converting chores into a workout — you have the power to curate the outdoor workout that fits your lifestyle!  


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