Outdoor Fitness Rocks!

Good news!

You don’t have to work out in a gym to get in shape. Why not take advantage of the nice summer weather and take your workouts outdoors.

Exercising in the open air is just as effective, can be more fun, and has some appealing advantages.

Being outside will boosts your health and fitness, improves mood, well-being, and increases energy levels. Not to mention you can make it a family affair 🙂

Are you ready to have an outdoor adventure with the family? We got inspired by our new west coast lifestyle and put together some ideas to get the ball rolling.

Bicycling – Get the family together and explore some trails around town. Many parks have bicycling trails that range from paved and easy to extreme and off-road.

Hiking – It’s like taking an evening walk but with a twist. Again, parks have hiking trails that are clearly marked. This makes it a safe but still thrilling adventure. All you need is a good pair of shoes.

Canoeing – How about a day on the river with a canoe ride. Some parks with a lake offer paddle boats or canoes with oars for people to enjoy the outdoors.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding– I’m gonna try this one next week for the very fist time and I am pumped!

If you’re into canoeing, kayaking or surfing, how about a new up-and-coming water sport: stand up paddle boarding. It’s pretty much like standing on an oversized surf board, with a paddle while you guide your way through the water much like a canoe (but you’re on your feet). It’s awesome exercise (especially for your abs!).

Swimming– swimming is a full body workout and will affect and tone both the upper and lower body muscle groups. Swimming can also be a very effective calorie burning technique and can accelerate the fat loss process when you go at an intense enough pace.

Tennis– I have noticed that tennis is quite popular here in Vancouver, BC. It’s a pretty intensive sport. It’s a good way to turn your cardio into a fun game. Since tennis requires constantly stopping and starting, this is a great idea of outdoor cardio activity to really spike up your metabolism.

Badminton – Playing badminton is a great way to stay in shape during the summer. If you play a game of one-on-one, you will exert yourself more than you will during a game of doubles. All you need is the proper equipment and a backyard to set up the net. The longer you play, the more calories you will burn.

Frisbee – To get a good workout playing Frisbee, you will need some space. Try throwing a Frisbee at a park or vacant ball field. If you are able, gather a small group of friends to toss the Frisbee around. You can then play a game of Ultimate Frisbee, which has rules that are vaguely similar to football.

Beach Volleyball -Playing a game of beach volleyball will work on a variety of different muscles. Not only will your arms and legs get a good workout during the activity, but you can improve your stamina as well.

Body weight Circuit Training– Why not put some bodyweight exercises like push ups, lunges, squats, pull ups, sprinting, mountain climbers into a 10-15 min circuit ? So if you are sick of the stuffy gym and wanna get some Vitamin D give this workout a try:

(all are clickable links to demonstrate all exercises)

10 Lunges

20 Mountain Climbers

10 Push up

20 Mountain Climbers

10 Squats

20 Mountain Climbers

10 Chin ups (or body rows)

20 Mountain climbers

Repeat 5-7x with minimum breaks

Ok, hopefully I convinced you that outdoor fitness training rocks! So get out there and have some fun:-)

What are your favorite outdoor fitness activities?

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