How to take your workout outdoors

If you are sick of the gym, try taking your workout outside. When you exercise outdoors, you can see a 50 percent greater positive effect on your mental health. It’s time to reconnect with nature and get your sweat on outdoors!

1) Get creative and use your environment:

Seek out interesting obstacles, like stairs, grass hills, a playground, beach. or big rocks. Try box jumps, sprints, bear crawls and traveling burpees to add a component of high-intensity interval training your workout.

2) Bring along a friend:

A workout can be the perfect excuse to connect with a fit friend and catch up over a few burpees. A workout buddy can help you stay accountable to your goals,. Plus a little friendly competition can help you nudge through any plateau.

3) Ditch the headphones:

Take in nature’s symphony, and save the Skrillex for the stairmaster. Pop out your earbuds and  tune in to your environment and your workout. It helps keep you alert to unexpected dangers, especially at a highly-trafficked park or beach.

4) Use your effort, not your sweat to determine how hard you’re working:

Outdoor training can be deceptive because the humidity, temperature and wind speed differ vastly from what you’re used to experiencing indoors. Just because you might not be sweating as hard as you do in a gym or a group class, doesn’t meant that you’re not e working just as hard. Same thing goes for the heat. High temperatures can make your normal workout harder than you’re used to it feeling. t’s ok back off a bit. Listen to your body, know your limits and enjoy.

5) Plan for the elements

Be smart and check the weather. Make sure you’re not going  to get stuck in a sudden rainstorm—unless you like working out in that sort of thing.  Avoid working out the middle of the day when temperatures are likely to be the highest. Pack your sunscreen, wear comfortable, breezy workout clothes and consider a hat for extra protection.  

Written by TRX Training