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Using the Outdoors as Your Gym

By Lachlan Soper

Not everyone can afford a gym membership or to buy gym equipment to work out at home. Luckily, however, fancy gym equipment isn’t always needed to get in shape or become more active. A great gym can be easily found right outside your door. Working out in the great outdoors is a fun way to break a sweat and live a healthier lifestyle!

Find a Trail

To get in great cardio, find a trail and start moving. Trails are the perfect location for going on a brisk walk, a challenging run, a hike or even a bike ride. The best part about heading to a trail for your workout is the gorgeous scenery. While running or biking around rocks, branches, and wildlife can seem challenging, it is well worth the fun workout and fantastic cardio. Make sure to find a great pair of running shoes before hitting the trails.

Grab a Bench

When heading outside for a workout, parks are an excellent choice. Not only is there plenty of space to work with, but you can easily find a bench to use as your gym equipment. Benches, seats, and chairs are great for doing tricep dips, box jumps, step-ups, push-ups, and more. While it’s essential to practice safety when incorporating a bench into your outdoor workout, it’s a fantastic way to fit in some strength training into your routine.

Find Some Bars

Nowadays, there are plenty of parks with outdoor equipment meant for working out. Find some bars to do some pull-ups, bodyweight rows, and even dips. Bars are another perfect piece of equipment for strength training. If you don’t live near a fitness park, you can easily go to a playground and find some monkey bars to do your exercises.

Play Sports

An easy and fun way to get in a good workout outside is by playing sports. Grab some friends and family for a game of basketball, soccer, or touch footy. This way, you’re getting in a workout without even trying – “incidental training”. Outdoor sports are another great way to get in a cardio workout. Whether it’s a sport you love or even one you haven’t tried before, you’ll have a fun time breaking a sweat with your friends.

This article was originally published on LachlanSoper.net.au

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