It’s that time of year again, as temperatures increase, your tolerance for virtual spin instructors decreases. Use that urge to get some fresh oxygen to good use. Ditch the elliptical and make your way to the great outdoors. Here are some outdoor exercise options to satisfy your spring fever.
Soccer is a great workout for your core and lower body. If you need proof, just look at any picture of Cristiano Ronaldo. Soccer’s versatility is also a huge plus–you can play alone or with a group. Pick up a ball and head to the park and you’re good to go.
Mountains, nature, and dirt trails, what could be better? Use all those undiscovered muscles to find the most epic views. Use this tool to find nearby state parks.
Regardless if you prefer butterfly, backstroke or freestyle, swimming is a great endurance workout for warm weather. You’ll get a full-body workout while you glide gracefully along the water. Most pools will organize lanes by speed, so look for swimmers with a similar ability to avoid injuries and frustration.
Riding a bike is a challenging workout because you work the heck out of your core and lower body. Fresh scenery will be a nice change from watching the backside of the person on the stationary bike in front of you. Au revoir spin class!
If the thought of a marathon makes you want to hit the couch instead of the pavement, we understand. Distance running isn’t for everyone. But don’t give up! Try interval training by combining short sprints followed by a brisk walk or easy jog. And if you really hate running, we recommend you make it as fun as possible by running your own style.
Yoga is the perfect workout to reduce stress. Sun salutations and other poses strengthen your core and increase overall balance. Leave your tech at home and embrace nature with these fun outdoor yoga moves.
7. Power Walking
If you still aren’t crazy about running, power walking is another exercise option. Moving at a leisurely pace still lets you burn calories without killing your heart or lungs. Also, bring a Fitbit to count your steps!
Get your squad together and play volleyball at your local beach. Passing and setting increases hand-eye coordination and also works just about every muscle in your body. Check out Team USA’s volleyball tips for your next game.
Tennis is the prime workout if you love to sprint and showcase your upper body strength. Bringing a partner also helps so you can practice groundstrokes and volleys. If you are obsessed with U.S. Open and Serena Williams, even better.
If cleats, mouthguards, and mesh jerseys bring back memories, lacrosse may be the outdoor workout for you. Cradling and passing will tone your arms and also improve hand-eye coordination. Visit this website to find a league in your area.
While you’re outside, don’t forget to hydrate — check out these water bottles we love!