Taking your Workouts Outdoors

Taking your Workouts Outdoors

Fresh air, open space and (if you’re lucky) sunshine!  What’s not to love about outdoor training during the Summer season!

As the weather warms up, if you’ve been training indoors throughout the winter months, the Outdoors provides the welcome change of new surroundings, new visual stimulation and adds a fresh new approach to your training sessions.

You’ve certainly got a few different challenges training outdoors – ever changing weather, variable ground conditions, avoiding dogs running around the park! but you’ve also got the opportunity to get creative with your sessions and add in different elements that are much more suited for the outdoors – even walking and running are far more interesting and challenging outside than on a treadmill.

Many of my clients welcome the change to training outside as a new challenge to their usual indoor sessions and they appreciate the change of scenery too – training in the park rather than inside at home or in the same 4 walls of the gym.  I personally benefit from it too.  Being someone who loves the sunshine, it’s a lot nicer way to train clients being outdoors than it is being stuck in a gym all day!

However, taking your workouts outdoors, you’ve got to consider:

Weather – If wet or recently raining, the ground and park equipment may be slippery.  Stick to exercising on areas you know are pretty much slip proof and avoid the grass. Also, direct sunlight can make it too hot for training so try to find a tree covered space.

Hydration – Especially important when the temperatures rise, carry an extra water bottle, as its easy to underestimate how much you’ll need.

Depending on where you’re training outdoors, many parks now have Outdoor gym areas – some equipment is great, some not so great, but nearly all have benches and playground equipment that can be utilised without having to lug around your weights.

Benches – Great for Step ups, Press ups, Dips, Single Leg Squats and Lunges, Mountain Climbers, Seated abdominals etc.

Trees – Great to use as marker points and for use with TRX and Resistance bands.

Playground Equipment – Climbing bars for pull ups, rows, hanging knee raises or just climbing up.

Swings – Great for challenging balance on otherwise static exercises such as single leg squats, Press-ups and Planks.

Make use of the differing ground conditions too – steps, hills, bridges, grass and pathways all provide new training challenges.

Or just take your usual workout session outdoors and enjoy the change of scenery!

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