Outdoor exercise ideas to change up your routine

If you know anything about health, you’ll know how important it is for us to spend a little time outside each day to get some natural light and fresh air. You’ll also know how important it is to get regular exercise that you really enjoy. When you put both the outdoors and exercise together, you get something truly powerful - it’s like all of the mood boosting effects roll into one and you feel refreshed, awesome, healthy, and so much more! Plus, studies suggest that exercising outdoors could actually be far more beneficial than exercising indoors. You may burn more calories, for example, which could be great for those who are trying to maintain their weight or lose fat.

Below are a few simple ideas that could help you to create or change up your outdoor exercise routine. Take a look and see what you can do.

Sprinting is a fantastic way to work out, as you’re working as hard as you can for a short time, letting your heart rate come back down again, and then going again for around 20 minutes to half an hour. Sprinting is great for getting a sweat on quickly, burning a load of calories even after you’ve finished working out, and blasting fat. It also keeps things interesting when you compare it to steady state cardio like running.

If you have a field or a large park nearby, try going there and sprinting for 20-30 seconds, before walking or resting for 40-60 seconds. The idea is that you really push yourself during your sprints, and then let your heart rate come down before going again. It will be tough, and it’ll take a lot out of you, so be prepared. Just don’t do it more than a couple of times per week, as it can be very taxing on the system.

Biking is a brilliant way to enjoy some scenery, bond with friends and family, and burn a ton of calories and fat at the same time. Plus, as you’re giving a little resistance to the legs, it can also help to condition them and bring them into shape. Just be aware that bicycle accidents can happen if you don’t pay attention to your surroundings. Always wear the correct safety equipment too!

Rock Climbing
Rock climbing gives you another change of scenery, and it’s great because it’s something that will force you to stay focused at all times. You just can’t zone out with rock climbing. You have to keep both your mind and body engaged to avoid falling!

Trail Running
If you like running but you’re sick of the same old routes, try trail running. See where there are great runners trails in your area. You may not be able to head off running right out of the door, but it can mix up your scenery and make running so much more fun.

How about volunteering at your local dog shelter to take the dogs for walks? You’ll be enriching their lives and potentially enriching your own in the process!

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