It’s a great time to get outside! Staying physically active increases vitality, improves strength and flexibility, reduces stress, and improves self-esteem. It can also help you prevent and control health problems such as high cholesterol and blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
Skip the gym and get your exercise in the great outdoors. Here are few ways to stay active without paying for a gym membership.
Try Yoga or Tai Chi
Yoga and Tai Chi improve offer mental and physical benefits including improved flexibility, balance, and coordination. All you need is a mat for yoga and you do not equipment for Tai Chi.
Just check YouTube or buy a training video. Then take your activities outside and practice in your yard or a local park.
Take a Walk
One of the simplest forms of exercise is also very effective. Walking outdoors improves mood and physique, relieves stress, and helps you manage your body weight.
Walking is also a weight-bearing activity that strengthens bones to prevent osteoporosis and fractures. Start out walking three times a week for at least half an hour, and then increase the frequency as your fitness improves.
Walk in the morning, on your lunch break, or after your evening meal. Explore walking tours in your area too if you want to enrich your mind while improving your fitness.
Take a Dip
If you’re lucky enough to live near one of our great beaches, or if you have access to a pool, it’s easy to stay active with regular swims. Swimming is a total body workout and it’s easy on your joints. You don’t need fancy equipment and an hour of moderate swimming burns about 500 calories.
It’s also a great addition to your routine if you cross-train, because it improves your cardio and endurance.
Practice HIIT Outdoors
High-intensity interval training includes short bursts of exercises with short rests in between. It’s a calorie burner and you don’t any equipment to do the work. Squats, pushups, lunges, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, jump rope and burpees are sometimes easier on the joints on grass instead of a hard gym floor.
Play Team Sports
Many sports are meant for the great outdoors. Football, baseball, soccer, and tennis are just a few to consider to get the blood flowing and breathe some fresh air. Others such as Frisbee, volleyball, and basketball work well outside too.
Games needn’t be highly-competitive either. It’s more about the motion than winning or losing. Grab some friends or family, and connect while raising your fitness level.
Skip the Car
Instead of jumping in a car, improve your cardio by riding a bike, skateboard, or rollerblades. They’re the ideal activities in urban areas with pavement, and they’re usually low-impact.
Whether you choose to ride solo or join a group, get out and explore with a human-powered vehicle and save the environment. You’ll discover places you miss when driving. Just remember to wear your safety gear!
You needn’t climb a mountain to benefit from this outdoor activity (unless of course you want to). Find a nearby park with a decent hill, fill your lungs with fresh air, and exert yourself.
When you choose a strenuous climb, you’ll also stretch and tone your core, legs, and back. You’ll also improve your balance.