Even though the weather is cooling down, getting outside to exercise can enliven your routine and boost your immune system (not to mention give you a killer post-workout glow). Need a workout on the go? Christine Bibbo-Herr of NYC Pretty shares this fun, full body routine that can be done in your local park or field.
This is a 30 minute workout, but listen to your body and increase or decrease the intensity accordingly.
-Find a set of stairs or a steep hill: jog up and back down–that’s one set! Do five sets, taking mini 5 to 10 second breaks if needed. Stay active during your break by lunging back into a runner’s stretch (front leg bent, back leg straight), with 5 to 10 seconds on each side.
-Then, perform 20 jumping jacks, then 20 burpees, resting for 10 to 30 seconds in-between. Repeat five times to get that heart rate up! If this feels easy, try a jumping jack-burpee, where you perform a jumping jack, hop back into your burpee, then perform another jumping jack.
-Next, grab a park bench or low wall and do 20 tricep dips. Then, place your hands on the surface so you are in an elevated push up position and do 20 push ups.
-Back to cardio! Stand in front of the bench and do 20 jumping toe taps and 20 high knee hops (land with soft knees to prevent collapsing in your standing leg).
-Keep your heart rate up with a quick ten minute jog.
-If the grass is good, perform a side plank for 30 seconds on each side. Then, perform a regular plank for 30 seconds. Holding your plank, go down on your forearms, and then up onto your hands 20 times.
-Take a 10 to 30 second break.
-Perform 20 bicycle crunches, then lay down, lift your legs to the sky, bend your knees at 90 degrees, stretch your arms out straight by your sides toward your toes, then crunch up and hold, pulsing your arms up and down for a count of 20.
-Put your feet down and push up into a bridge pose, hovering your bum over the ground, tuck in your pelvis, scooping in with your stomach, and pulse slightly for 20 reps
Barre on a Bench (Booty and Legs)
-Finally, fire up those leg muscles by heading back to the bench and using it as your outdoor barre. Roll up on your toes and pulse in a plié position for 20 seconds, then from a first position stance, lift your leg up to the side for 20 counts, then lift to the back for 20 counts; repeat on the other leg.
Stretch or Repeat!
-Finish by stretching your entire body, making sure to hold each stretch for at least 20 seconds—or repeat this sequence again from the top!
Did you try this routine? Let us know!
For another outdoor workout idea, try trail running, it’s a great way to change up your routine.
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