It’s not easy to justify training in a gym when the sun is shining outside, right? Since you can build muscle just as well by using your own bodyweight, all you need is something to hold to push or pull as well as a space where you can move your body and use your muscles like you’re used to in the gym. An extra bonus of course is that you get to enjoy great views, fresh air and nature. What’s not to love? If going for a long run isn’t really your thing, why not break a sweat in the sunshine with some kickass DIY moves?
Warm up by running or jogging to your favourite park. Find a spot with a bench and some trees and you’re ready to go.
With the help of a bench: Mountain Climbers and push-ups
Run for 3-5 minutes to keep the momentum up.
With the help of a tree: Plyometric Jumps and Wall sits
Run/Jog for 3 minutes to the next park bench to repeat the routine, or finish strong with a 30 second sprint, 30 seconds of slow jog repeated five times in total. Cool down and finish with a slower jog back to home to wind down.
Are benches and trees not enough for you to fill your training needs? Check out this globally crowdsourced map of outdoor gyms near you. PS the map starts you off in the US, so zoom out and you’ll be able to zoom in on your location.