Florida is known for its year-round balmy weather and mild winters–so why not take advantage of it and move your workout outdoors? Being stuck in a stuffy indoor gym environment can be less than motivating, so don't subject yourself to if you don't have to! A traditional gym routine can get boring, too, so switch it up by packing your gym bag and heading outside! Here are some tips to get your started:
At the Park
A park is a great place for an outdoor workout, as there trails, benches and playgrounds you can use for various exercises. Some exercise ideas for the park are:
- Running, walking, or jogging along a paved or gravel trail
- Using a park bench for push-ups, sit-ups, lunges or tricep dips
- Playing on the playground: monkey bars, swings or stair-stepping are all great exercises.
- Playing a sport–like softball, volleyball, baseball or kickball–with friends or family
- Playing tag with the kids
- Striking a pose! Find a shady spot in the grass and get out your yoga mat.
- Climbing bleachers or stairs for a good ab, leg and glute workout
Around the Neighborhood
If you don't have a park nearby, you can workout in your own backyard or around the neighborhood.
- Run, jog or walk on streets with sidewalks
- Take the dog for a run or walk
- Go for a bike ride with the family
- Do some gardening or yard work around the house
- Jumping jacks, jumping rope, push-ups, sit-ups and yoga can all be done in your own backyard
At the Beach
Sitting under the shade of a big umbrella with your toes in the water is probably your ideal day at the beach, but why not add some exercise in? Try one of these ideas:
- Go for a walk, jog, or run
- Play Frisbee or catch
- Play beach volleyball
- Take a kayak out
Whether you're going to the gym or hitting the great outdoors for your workout, remember that you should always speak to your doctor before starting an exercise program. Regional Medical Center is here to assist you in living a healthy life and meeting your health goals. To find out more about our services, visit us online. You can also call our free Consult-A-Nurse® at 1-888-741-5119 for physician referrals and health information.