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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.

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jwethall

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Give me a musty, dusty weight room over a tree hugging forest any day of the week.

Jun 11, 2012 12:35pm | report
BoggySwampNinja

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Enter the "bro". Most common in urban areas, they are rarely seen outside the gym, and in normal society. Many have gone on to college to major in Broscience. They all claim to have slept with all your known female family members, but most are still virgins. This has been Morgan Freeman for NatGeo.

Jun 12, 2012 8:01pm | report
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I'd rebuttal but that's just too funny. Well done. FYI, I'm married and have a Bachelor's degree in Biology. Thanks for the laugh!

Jun 13, 2012 7:04am | report
Horus

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I suspect most biologists are appreciative of the source of their oxygen, and refrain from less-than-sophisticated "tree-hugging" remarks.

Jun 22, 2012 6:13am | report
jwethall

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The source of earth's oxygen is primarily produced by cyanobacteria in the ocean, not trees on the land. Good try though. And I'd highly recommend you try running in the middle of the ocean.

Jun 22, 2012 7:13am | report
Horus

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Actually, "professor", there is still debate as to the actual proportion of oxygen provided by cyanobacteria and plankton, but you should know that a third is pretty much what is attributed to cyanobacteria regarding atmospheric oxygen:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2876029/?tool=pmcentrez

But more importantly, not only did you miss the point, you actually reinforced it.

Jun 22, 2012 8:14am | report
jwethall

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that's cute that did some psuedo research on pubmed Horus, and I don't see the comment on here so I'm not sure if you deleted it or not. There really isn't that much of a debate about it. If you've ever had a course in ecology, tree's contribute mostly climate control by providing windbreaks and preventing soil dessication. Their oxygen contribution however is not substantial enough to support life on earth. Cyanobacteria were the first oxygen producers and the first photoautotrophic life on this planet. Most credible theories postulate that they are responsible for creating the atmosphere billions of years ago, this of course being long before woody plants evolved.

You seem high stressed and quick to the attack. You really ought to calm down and relax, an overworked adrenal system will hinder your results in the forest. Have a great weekend!

Jun 22, 2012 8:23am | report
Shifisu

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i lol'd @ the mountain lion part :p

Jun 21, 2012 11:58am | report
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I'm gonna give the park workout a try sometime soon during the day maybe, or maybe later at night when its a bit cooler but still light outside and BoggySwampNinja you don't have to be like that, I mean the guy can workout however he wants and as far as I can tell he is doing great cause he is huge from his profile pic

Jun 21, 2012 7:56pm | report
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"Tree-hugging" isn't a popular sentence among many people, myself included. He can workout wherever he **** pleases without disrespecting other options.

Jun 22, 2012 6:16am | report
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always looking for something new, bring it on

Jun 22, 2012 8:49pm | report
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