If you live in DC, then no doubt you are well aware of the heatwave we’ve been having the last couple weeks. I love outdoor activities, but when the temps are over 85 degrees, I all about being indoors for that A/C. This week we have another great guest fitness post from Luke at RIPPED.ME. all about the outdoors.
Many people think that the only way to lose weight and get fit is by hitting the gym for two hours a couple of times per week. But if you were never a big gym buff, we have some great news for you, simply enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. You don’t need a gym to lose weight! So, head outside, try some of these activities and get fit while soaking up the sun.
Hit the waves
Even though it seems effortless when you look at pros, surfing is a very physically demanding activity. No matter if you’re a beginner or a veteran, you will always break a sweat paddling and balancing on your board. Aside from being an amazing cardio workout, surfing also builds strength and stamina.
Swimming is definitely one of the best cardio workouts out there. Even if you just splash around in the shallows or play catch in the water you will certainly end up exhausted just like after a good gym session.
If you like the beach, but water’s just not your thing, you can get your workout in the sand. Volleyball is a full-body workout that will tone your legs, arms, back, and core. The sand is not making things easier either, so during one game of beach volleyball, you will get to burn as much as 600 calories!
Sk8 it out
Both roller-skating and skateboarding will give you a great cardio workout that targets mostly your legs and core. You can do those activities wherever you have concrete, so practically everywhere! You will need to get some practice before you manage to skate properly, but the process of learning is super fun as well. So, skate on!
Everyone who has ever seen a game of tennis couldn’t help but notice those chiseled and toned bodies of tennis players. Even though they visit gyms regularly, those muscles are formed on the court. Tennis is a great HIIT calorie-burner activity that tones arms, shoulders, back, and legs, plus its so much fun to play it!
Go back to your childhood, grab your friends and engage in a friendly game of Frisbee! You will throw, catch, run and jump, so it’s not a surprise that an hour of Frisbee burns more than 100 calories! Are your friends busy? Take your dog for a nice bonding time and break some sweat in the process.
If you’re a real gym worm, but still want to spice things up with working out outdoors, then street workout is just perfect for you. There are many benefits of street workout over gym routines: It’s completely free; you only need a park with bars; you have complete freedom, and there are no rules! Street workouts use a lot of compound exercises that push all of your muscles, tendons, and joints to work in unison, maximizing power and tone while minimizing the risk of injury. Even though you’re not at the gym, you still need to have appropriate high-quality gym wear that will make your workout more comfortable and further protect you from injuries.
If you regularly hit the spinning class at the gym, why not take it to the great outdoors? You will get to enjoy fresh air and the sunshine, and still get your workout. Cycling is a very simple and effective way to lose some extra weight while also working your gluteus, hamstrings, quads, and calves like never before. Aside from being great for your fitness, cycling can even save you some gas money if you commute to work! You can burn as much as 400 calories an hour, even more, if you decide to take it off-road.
As you can see, you don’t need that expensive gym membership to lose weight and get fit. All you need is the great outdoors and some good will. Because all of these activities are more fun with friends, gather your squad and hit it off.