We all love easy-go-to activities, be it at shopping, cooking or even exercising. Gyms give us this easy escape. And although gyms are nice, in other to blast those stubborn fats fast the best options are outdoor exercises.
Outdoor exercises give you new scenery and plenty of sunshine, enough room to run, exercise and explore your inner athlete and far more challenging terrains to work on, not to forget helping you save money you should have spent on a gym.
Apart from your regular jump jacks, squats, push-ups, sit-ups and lunges which can be done indoors, here are 7 outdoor workouts which are sure to help you burn stubborn fat.
1. Jumping Rope
Jumping rope is not an activity particularly for children, it is also an effective inexpensive fitness tool that can be used anywhere. Jumping rope provides an awesome cardiovascular workout that burns a lot of calories. According to research, it was observed that jumping rope at around 120 revolutions/minute for 10 minutes can help you burn more calories compared to a 30 minutes jogging.
2. Use Of Outdoor Elliptical Bike
Yes, cycling is a great workout but it also has the downside of putting you in a slouching position while you work out, causing your hip flexors to get tight and weak and your spine and shoulders to slouch forward.
An outdoor elliptical bike, on the other hand, combines the low impact exercise of a regular elliptical bike and the freedom of a ride outside. In addition to this, it also eradicates the disadvantage of slouching that cycling gives, by maintaining a vertical posture, keeping the glutes and Hip muscles free thus, causing the body to generate tension and absorb impact effectively. Check out these outdoor elliptical bike reviews before you finally buy one.
3. Hill – Sprint Workout
Hill-sprint workout compared to the regular jogging, provides a powerful metabolic workout that burns a lot of calories in a relatively short period of time. In addition to this, it helps improve your running technique, speed, endurance, and overall body strength.
4. Park/Playground Workouts
Parks and playgrounds offer diverse alternate equipment to workout with including benches for push-ups, jumps, triceps dip, Bulgarian split squats, swings for pull-ups and broad space for broad squat jumps.
5. Stairs Workout
Like hill sprints, stairs also provide a powerful free outdoor workout option that challenges your fitness both cardiovascular and metabolic. The intensity of the workout varies by each size of the stairs. It also works on your glutes as you either run or jump up and down each stair.
6. Sand – Workout
Being at the beach provides not just fun, but also a good means of working out. Sand offers an unstable surface thereby, creating a challenging platform for you to do high jumps and sprints on. Which in turn works the muscles of the feet, calves, thighs, hamstrings, and Glutes.
7. Sandbag Workout
This workout was created by Josh Jenkins C. S. C. S as a dynamic resistance training for athletes, designed to increase athletic performance and build functional strength. It is done in this format :
• Fill a sack back with sand.
• Stand in a squat stance, bring the bag from the ground to your chest by explosively driving through your hips.
• On getting to your chest, squeeze your glutes, brace torso and lift the weight up over your head.
• Reverse the motions slowly from your head to your chest and then to the ground.
You can see that being away from a gym does not mean you cannot burn those stubborn calories, these workouts provide even better results and even saves you money.
That being said, take advantage of your environment today and make the most of your workout.