Are your workouts putting you to sleep? It’s time to get creative. And what better way to do so than by taking your workout outdoors. Here are five fun outside exercise ideas that will keep you motivated and wanting more.
1. Makeover your run
Incorporate your run into everyday activities like the beach, zoo or even street festivals. Challenge yourself by running hills. Running a more exciting route will make the miles fly by. Up for a little competition? Participate in a 5K or any race for that matter.
2. Get wet
Try swimming at an outdoor pool. Feeling a little adventurous? Take your swim to the beach. If swimming is not for you, play a game of water polo or engage in some water aerobics. Other creative ways to burn calories in the water include surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking and rowing.
3. Go wild in the wilderness
Take a nature walk through the woods. Observe different types of trees, animals, rocks, whatever interests you. Hiking is another great outdoor workout because it incorporates cardio and resistance training. Surrounding yourself in nature also has a calming effect that can help reduce stress and anxiety.
4. Practice yoga outside
Don’t stay cooped up in a studio. Get the most out of your yoga practice by taking a class outside. Many communities offer yoga classes outside or even on the beach. Outdoor yoga gives you the opportunity to become more aware of your natural surroundings and increases the relaxation benefits of yoga.
5. Join a team
Playing sports is one of the easiest ways to workout while having fun. Choose a sport you enjoy and sign up for an intramural team or create your own. Intramural sports range from softball and beach volleyball to ultimate Frisbee and outdoor paintball.
Now get outside and kiss exercise boredom goodbye.