Now more than ever before it is important to find ways to exercise outdoors. With gyms around the country shutting down or with limited functionality, one must look for alternative ways to exercise. Exercising outdoors not only promotes social distancing, but it is also great for your mental health as well. Combining the outdoors and exercise creates a powerful combination for both your mental and physical health. There are numerous ways to exercise outdoors, but here are a few tried and true ideas for outdoor exercises.
Hiking is a great way to exercise outdoors. Hiking involves walking vigorously through the woods, mountains, or countryside. It is different than a traditional walk because of the terrain you progress through while hiking.
Hiking is a great way to see the natural landscapes in your area. It gets you off the beaten path, and puts you out of your comfort zone. Hiking through these landscapes is great for releasing stress and anxiety. It puts you in tune with nature and you get to experience the outdoors on a deeper level. As someone who’s hiked for many years, I can certainly attest to this. It is a great way to get your body and mind in the present moment.
Hiking is also a really great way to work out your body physically. While hiking you are constantly using your calves, quads, and hamstrings to climb difficult paths. This repeated motion is great for developing your muscles’ stamina and strength. Walking on uneven terrain is a good way to build balance as well.
If you are looking to incorporate hiking into your workout routine, it is suggested to go at least three times a week for maximum results. However, do not let this number limit you or prevent you from getting started.
Trail running is a great way to get in to great shape. As its name suggests, trail running involves running on trails. These trails are the same trails that most people hike on and trail runners choose to run on. When first starting to get into trail running you might not be able to run for very far. Don’t let that discourage you at all.
Running up mountains can be very difficult and it is an intense cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise. Your muscles are being pushed to their limits by having to push off and traverse up steep climbs. This repeated exercise becomes an aerobic exercise. It is basically taking an anaerobic exercise and making it an aerobic exercise. This is a very intense workout, and is a great way to clear your head and get a great total body workout.
Swimming is not just something you can do in a chlorine-filled pool; you can also swim in the great outdoors. Whether you live near lakes, ponds, rivers, or the ocean – there is water for you to swim in. If you don’t have access to natural bodies of water, you can always go to your local pool. Swimming is one of the best total body workouts that you can do. It is also really light on your joints and is perfect for people recovering from injury or elderly adults.
Swimming in your local ponds, rivers, lakes, and oceans is a great way to get you outdoors and get a total body workout. Find a local body of water near you and give it a shot.
Rounding out this list of ideas for outdoor exercises is cycling. Naturally, it costs money to purchase a bicycle but it’s an experience definitely worth investing in if you can swing it. Cycling offers a whole different type of aerobic workout especially if the terrain changes frequently. Many people enjoy cycling because the experience is intense yet relaxing at the same time.
Don’t be afraid to explore new areas (while still using common sense). Finding new biking trails is one of life’s simplest and most enjoyable pleasures for cyclist.
Note: The type of bike you buy will totally depend on the terrain you’ll be using it on. Be sure to do your research and select the bicycle appropriate for you.
Bonus Tip: One very helpful way to get the most out of your outdoor exercises is to drink a cup of your favorite coffee before you start. The extra caffeine will help you stay more focused and energized.
These are just a few ideas for outdoor exercises. There are many more ways to workout in the outdoors. Do not let this list limit you in your exploration of outdoor workout ideas. Use this as a starting point and get creative. Something as simple as getting outside and exercising can totally transform one’s quality of life. It’s often the little things that make the biggest differences.