4 Outdoor Fitness Activity Ideas
Getting outside and getting your sweat on is probably one of the absolute best ways to enjoy the beauty that every place has to offer. Even if you wouldn’t consider your hometown a particularly scenic area, it’s worth stepping outside and seeing where you can go to get your exercise in for the day. Once you try it, you’re probably going to start making a habit of it!
After all, outside you’ll find that there are so many more things to do, see, and enjoy as you get in your daily activity. And that makes working out even more fun and enjoyable than you probably ever thought. Whether you’re struggling to get motivated to head out to the gym or just looking to mix things up, here are some ideas of outdoor activities that will get you in shape.
#1 On Your Feet
Walk, jog, run, or hike on your own two feet. Choose a local park path or even a trail system to get out and enjoy the scenery. It might sound so simple and obvious to some, but many people pass up opportunities every day to explore on foot. If you’re not sure about your endurance, start with a simple walk around your local park or neighborhood and then explore from there.
#2 On Your Bicycle
You can take many of the same paths, and more, with a bicycle too and see just how much fun it can be getting places 5-10 miles per hour faster than you can walk. If you live in the city, a bike is a great opportunity to save on gas and get outside and active at the same time. It’s really a win/win situation.
#3 In The Water
Whether it’s the local pool, the natural lake, or even the ocean, every place has water nearby that can be enjoyed. Swimming is a fantastic whole-body workout that will enable you to get out and be active in the sun. If you happen to be near a natural body of water, you can even find a new hobby that gets you outside, like surfing, skimming, or even fishing–although some are more active than others!
#4 At The Park
Don’t feel like you can do too much exploring? Whether it’s because of the weather or your current fitness level, there is always something you can do nearby that will help you get more active. Try joining a local club, or just a pickup game, to play tennis, volleyball, basketball, or even golf. Even just a walk in the park is a good way to get some fresh air and exercise. Play on the swings, run around with the kids or just spend some quiet time in the sunshine. It’s good for the soul. Anytime spent moving is better than none…so get moving!
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Now that I am retired I have discovered that it is very important to keep moving. Even a few days without activity and I can feel the stiffness in my muscles and joints. Careful stretching keeps me flexible.
I can choose to rust out or to wear out.
When it is cold, snowy and blustery, a visit to the shopping mall gives me an opportunity to walk in comfort and the grocery stores are getting so large now that it is a workout just collecting all of the groceries.
For now, I’ll just blog on.
Any movement is good Doug. I agree, I feel much better and more limber when I exercise every day. Watch out for those crazy mall walkers though…they’ll mow you down 🙂
I was not much of an outdoors person until I got my dog, Sheba. She did her job, got me out whether I felt like it or not. I was surprised that I had not looked up at the sky before until I started hitting the parks with her. The light is always brighter, too, out even if it is a cloudy day. I discovered talking to other dog owners at the park that many of them have problem with the blues. Therefore their dogs and the walks in the park.
I think it’s wonderful that you get outside with Sheba, Lily. Dogs are really good matchmakers…they kind of force you to connect to other people and the dog connection makes it even sweeter. Keep looking at the sky…it really is beautiful.
My dog and I walk at least 5 miles a day. I love looking at the world through her eyes. Always an adventure. I also ride a “Street Strider.” It’s the best exercise on the market!!
Getting outside every day is so good for you and the five mile walk is even better. Enjoy your puppy time and the fresh air.
These 4 things remind me of all the Triathlons that i completed. Swim, Bike, Run – many that took place in parks (the NY City Triathlon completed with the run in Central Park).
I wish I didn’t care so much about the cold, but going out when it is really, really, really cold does not make me too happy.
I’ll try it anyway.
Once you get moving you may be amazed at how much you warm up. Dress in layers.