When it comes to fitness, people tend to fall into repetitive cycles. We tend to work out at the same time, on the same days each week, and using the exact same machines. But exercise doesn’t have to be blah! If you’re looking to add some variety and fun, consider these outdoor activities that will undoubtedly give you a good workout.
1. Take a Hike
Hiking on a trail can help you gain muscle, calm your mind, and enjoy the sights of nature. Working out doesn’t always have to be high intensity—your body and mind can benefit equally from something moderate, such as a stroll through the woods. Plus, a steadily paced hike, especially on a trail with inclines, will burn upward of 400 calories in an hour. Mix up your locales for a new adventure each time you lace up your hiking shoes.
2. Riding a Bike
Rather than spending thousands of dollars on an exercise bike, why not do the real thing at a fraction of the cost? Like hiking, riding your bike is a wonderful way to enjoy nature. Plus, an average bike ride can burn up to 500 calories per hour while being environmentally friendly and providing you with a full-body exercise. With so many possibilities, between bike-share programs, rentals, and cycling events, you don’t even need to commit to buying an expensive bike right now—until you realize how fun it can be.
3. Sidewalk Surfing
If you live in an urban area, traveling five miles in 45 minutes because of bumper-to-bumper traffic can be a pain. And some streets don’t always have bike lanes to accommodate cyclists. In these cases, it may be time to bring the action to the sidewalk with various types of boarding. The traditional method of skateboarding can work, but a longboard’s purpose is to travel long distances. Grabbing a longboard and wearing the appropriate protective equipment can turn that aggravating trip into a fun workout.
4. Playing Beach Volleyball
Lying in the sand at a beach is the perfect embodiment of relaxation. However, there are other things you can do at the beach to work up a sweat. Beach volleyball is a delightful sport to play on the sand. And with all the leaping, sprinting, and spinning it requires, you could burn nearly 600 calories!
5. Yoga & Movement
Yoga is the ultimate outdoor workout that strengthens the mind, body, and soul. Find a serene spot to sit, take in a beautiful sunset, and start your routine without feeling confined. Once you’re done with the physical aspect of yoga, find someplace quiet to meditate and get your mind right. Depending on the workout, you can burn anywhere from 200 to 600 calories—not bad for something so relaxing.
Getting in a good workout doesn’t have to be complicated, boring, or inside! Rather than falling victim to the monotony of going to the gym multiple times a week, here are simple (but fun) ways to move your body outside. After all, breathing in the fresh air is much better than waiting on a machine that the previous user didn’t even wipe off.