Even though gyms are a great way to stay fit and healthy, why not take advantage of your surroundings and try some outdoor activities instead. It doesn’t matter if you just want to stay active or you want to spice up your boring workout routine, these activities will give you a good workout and you’ll have a ton of fun in the process. So, switch your stuffy gym and your couch for some fun outdoor activities. Take a look.
Bike or walk to work
If you normally hit the treadmill or the stationary bike at your gym, you can easily skip that part and do the same outdoors for free. When it’s sunny and warm outside you can walk or bike to work, to the shops or even to your gym (that way you can have more time for strength training). If you switch your car for your bike, you will not only be more active, but you will have more energy and better focus throughout the day.
Running is a great way to be more active and burn some calories while exploring the surrounding areas. This cardio activity will help you get in shape, strengthen your core, work your leg muscles and improve your cardiovascular health. In addition, you’ll get the “runner’s high” after each session and feel enthusiastic and happy, while relieving stress, as well. You can change your running routes every once in a while to make your sessions more exciting and diverse. You can even try running uphill if you want to spice things up and try something more challenging. However, keep in mind that running hills is a bit different and that you’ll need to use appropriate running techniques.
If you want to be more active, but don’t like conventional workouts why not try hiking? Hiking will provide a relaxing and stress-free environment and you will not even notice you’re being active. You can admire nature, listen to wildlife and breathe in some fresh air. It will be a true active vacation for your whole body. The only thing you need for a good hike is some comfortable shoes and a good route plan and you’re all set. There are many benefits to hiking: you can get a complete leg workout and also do your heart and lungs a favor.
Learn how to skateboard
Skateboarding is back in the game, so find your old skateboard and get out there! Not only is this activity exciting and challenging, but it’s also a great form of exercise. Skateboarding will provide you with a full-body workout without you even noticing it. By engaging almost all the muscles in your body, skateboarding will increase their strength and help you tone them. This activity offers plenty of other health benefits, including improved flexibility, endurance, better balance and precision. So, if you have an old and a bit worn-out skateboard, you can style it up by installing some cool, modern skateboard parts. This way, you can customize it and match it to the style you prefer without having to buy a completely new board.
Have a friendly match of volleyball
Why not round-up your friends or colleagues and organise a team building activity with some volleyball. You will burn a lot of fat and tone your arms, abs and legs with those spikes and serves. If you’re in a warmer climate then hit your local beach and have some fun with your friends. Just don’t forget to pack sunscreen and stay hydrated.
Make sure to try implementing some of these outdoor activities in your daily life and before you know it you’ll feel healthier and look better than ever before. Being active outdoors has many health benefits, plus it’s so much more fun than a crowded gym. So, take advantage of the sunny weather, get out and get moving! Have fun!