Play Outside: 3 Outdoor Workouts For Anywhere

Sometimes you just need sunshine more than iron plates. Get out of the gym and try these fun, calorie-burning workouts!

Summer weather means patios and margaritas, not sweaty iron and dust. On a nice day, the gym holds about as much allure as using a port-o-potty. Even so, you need to stay active to stay fit.

Of course, you don't need to sacrifice your fitness goals for summer fun. Instead, get fit in the summer sun! Mother Nature is one ripped chick, and gym equipment doesn't get any better than her outdoor offerings: rocks, beaches, hills, peaks, parks, oceans and more! Whatever your training craving, the great outdoors will provide.

The Mountain Man

If you're into camping, this is your workout. It'll target different areas of fitness, including strength, endurance, balance and agility. All you need is an uphill trail and a tree.

Alternate uphill sprints with strength exercises. Each exercise targets a main muscle group. It's very similar to an interval workout you'd crush at the gym, except you're in the fresh mountain air accompanied by squirrel cheerleaders.

If there are rocks, tree limbs or mountain lions in your way, use them to increase the difficulty of your sprint session. Leap, jump or high-step over obstacles to increase your heart rate and your agility. Fist-fight mountain lions to increase your combat skills and general reputation as an outdoor bad@ass.

After each sprint, walk down to your starting position to perform the given exercise. At the end of the workout, you should have completed 10 sprints and 10 different exercises.

The Mountain Man


The Park Circuit

A nearby park is a perfect place to train, especially if it has a playground. As kids, we exercised without even realizing it. As adults, this is our chance to exercise like kids. Just don't block the slide, hog the monkey bars all day, or frighten any children (or parents) with your training intensity.

For this workout, you'll need monkey bars, a beam, and any type of step or ledge. Do each exercise without rest. After you've completed one circuit, rest for 1-to-2 minutes before repeating. Repeat the circuit three times.

The Park Circuit


Make sure to perform a five minute warm-up and cool-down before and after this workout session.

Trisets On The Beach

Get fit in front of the ocean. Because sand provides an unstable surface, your body has to work hard and fire a variety of muscles to keep you balanced. This workout combines cardio and strength training to burn serious body fat. It's also a great chance to show your sexy beach body!

Rest for one minute between each triset. Drink plenty of water: Don't exercise in the heat without hydrating! After the entire workout is completed, perform it for one more round.

Trisets On The Beach

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    Burpees

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  • Running High KneesRunning High Knees

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  • Supermans Supermans

    Supermans

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