Summer is the perfect time to get a little creative with your workouts. It’s warm, sunny, and perfect for an outdoor workout. Just be careful if it’s too hot and always stay hydrated! Exercising outside sometimes allows more space and opportunity.
Here are a few creative outdoor exercises to help you stay active this summer:
1. Tricep Dips
For this exercise you’ll need to find a bench, a sturdy chair, a step, or anything that sits a little off of the ground. Sit on the item with your hands to your side, grasping the seat (fingers facing your feet). Then walk your feet out a little bit so your bottom is now raised. Using your arms, lower yourself down to the ground to about a 90-degree angle with your arms. Raise yourself back up to starting position. You should feel this exercise in the back of your arms.
2. Pull-Up Jumps
Find a branch, pole, or any horizontal object that’s a little taller than your arms when you hold them straight up above your head. Squat down, jump up to grab the object, and pull up so your head is above the object. These pull-up jumps will work your arms and legs all at the same time!
3. Water Hose Hops
You’ll need a water hose, rope, or any long flat object that you can easily hop over (without tripping). Lay the object flat on the ground and hop across the object from one end to the other while keeping your feet together. This is a great cardio move, and will target your calves as well.
4. Toe Taps
For this exercise you’ll need a step, curb, or anything slightly off the ground. Start with one foot resting on the object, then hop and switch your feet as fast as you can. Like the water hose hops, this is good for cardio and your calves.
5. Frog Leaps
These are great to do outdoors, because of limited space indoors. Start with your feet a little wider than shoulder width apart, squat, bend at the waist and rest your fingers on the ground, then explode off your feet and jump as far as you can! This will work your hamstrings and quads.