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Top Outdoor Activities to Substitute for Your Workout

We’re finally getting steady warm days! Who wants to be inside working out when you can be outside enjoying this beautiful weather? So here are a few easy ways to get moving, get sweaty, and take your exercise outdoors.

Ride your bike

While gyms all around have stationary bikes available for use, it’s not quite the same as hitting the pavement on the real thing. It’s a low impact activity great for almost all skill levels, and you can enjoy some fresh air and take in the beautiful scenery along the way. 

Yardwork

While you might dread some of those weekly lawn chores, why not look at it a little differently. Picking up tree limbs, removing brush, tending to flower or veggie gardens, and mowing the lawn (particularly with a push mower) are all great workouts. Instead of looking at all that yard work as a dreaded chore, look at it as a chance to accomplish something for yourself and for your home. Really focus on your movements, like a complete squat when you’re picking up sticks or taking care of some landscaping. Make your mowing route a little more challenging. Whatever you may be doing outside, make the effort to turn it into your workout and kill two birds with one stone. 

Hiking

Hiking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while getting in a great workout. Different trails can give you a variety of challenges along the way to keep your heart rate up and your muscles in high gear. Bring a few friends to keep you company along the way. If you’re lucky, there may be a swimming spot, a waterfall, or a creek to enjoy too. Make sure you take the proper gear before heading out along with plenty of water and snacks.

Swimming

It won’t be long before it’s warm enough to enjoy a dip in the pool; and while swimming is usually seen as recreational, it’s a serious workout too. Not only does it get your heart rate up, but it’s low impact so even if traditional workouts are hard for you, swimming may be just right. The bonus is that if you struggle with overheating while exercising outside, you’re sure to stay cool in the water. Focus on proper form and your breathing when swimming laps to make your workout more efficient and enjoyable.

We’ve been stuck inside for too long. Why not enjoy the sunshine while getting in your daily workout? Have fun!


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