With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to be outside soaking up the sun’s rays and getting some much-needed vitamin D. And what better way to make the most of the (mostly) glorious weather than by swapping your indoor workout for one you can do outside?
In this article, we highlight some of the best outdoor workouts to try this summer.
Swap treadmill running for a fantastic run outside. Whether that’s jogging around your local park, in the countryside on walking trails or even on the beach, you can’t beat getting your sweat on with gorgeous views all around you and fresh air in your lungs.
Another benefit of outdoor running is that without knowing it, you’ll be working harder to adjust to the different terrains and inclines that comes with running outside. So, whether you’re running on sand, road or grass, you can say ‘hello’ to extra-toned calves.
We spoke to yoga and fitness enthusiast Amy at The Bath Blogger. Amy gave us her suggestions for doing HIIT outside, either in your garden or in a big outside space such as a park.
“If HIIT-style or boot camp workouts are your favourite ways to exercise, why not try this quick circuit guaranteed to get your heart rate up? I recommend repeating the circuit 2-3 times for a fab workout that you can do any time of day, either outside at the park or in the comfort of your garden.
“Just make sure you don’t stop between exercises and only take a 30-60 second break after completing each full circuit.
Jump Squats x15
Mountain Climbers - 1 minute
Alternating Side Lunges x15 each side
Jumping Lunges x15
Plank – hold for 1 minute
“I also recommend adding in 5-10 minutes of ab exercises at the end, perfect for letting your heart rate come down while toning on your core.”
If you’d like to take it up a level, why not consider a boot camp retreat at Champneys and spend a few days with us working on your fitness goals?
Have you ever thought about going on a yoga retreat or practising outside instead of being cooped up in your living room or a stuffy gym studio? Amy has a great suggestion for outdoor yoga that’s fun, sociable and the perfect way to make the most of the light summers mornings and start your day right.
“Morning yoga outdoors is a great way to socialise with friends, soak up some vitamin D all whilst moving your body in ways that make you feel good.
“How about getting some friends together and trying a few sun salutations in your garden with a cup of tea whilst watching the sunrise? If you’re not sure where to start, one of the ways I’ve been practising yoga at home is with the help of YouTube tutorials. Cat Meffan is my go-to. Her flows are really easy to watch, copy and follow.”
If the idea of exercising with friends sounds a lot more fun than working out solo, why not get your closest friends together for a game of rounders, badminton or capture the flag? Not only are these games a great source of exercise, but you also won’t realise how hard you are working because of how much you’ll be laughing and enjoying yourself.
If you’d rather play a more serious game against your pals, there are plenty of local sports centres that have tennis courts, swimming pools and outdoor pitches you can hire out for an afternoon of fun and friendly competition.
Prefer to play more competitively? Why not join your local sports club? As well as offering sports and games all year round, many clubs offer sports for just the summer months such as beach volleyball, water polo, surfing and more.
Another great way of exploring while exercising is by cycling or hiking. The best part about these two exercises is that they are highly versatile and can be tailored to your fitness levels and even your mood.
For instance, if you wanted to get together with friends and go on a cycle trip or hike together, you can keep a slower pace and look to incorporate a stop at a local pub for a refreshing drink and a well-earned lunch. However, if you’d prefer to go solo, you can up the pace and choose a route that has a rough terrain or incline that will require you to work harder and break a sweat.
Looking to go out walking in the Cheshire countryside? Mottram Hall has a great guide on some of the best country walks in Cheshire that are perfect for jogging in the sunshine or a relaxed hike with friends. If you think you’d prefer exploring and exercising on two wheels, make sure you read our tips and advice for kick-starting your summer cycling.
This summer at Champneys is our best yet for those looking to get moving. Join us at our wellness spa hotels for a range of summer fitness clubs and classes such as yoga, aqua fit, country walks, cycling, boot camps and more.
We also have a wealth of fitness retreats if you’re looking to spend a few days with us working on your fitness and meeting other like-minded people. Contact Champneys today to find out more.