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Exercise in the Great Outdoors

Exercising at the park is a great way to enhance your overall fitness level, all while enjoying the outdoors. The fresh air, a nice breeze – nature at its finest! What could be better? Think of the park as your very own exercise playground. I guarantee it’s closer to your home or work than you think. Most parks offer jogging trails, stairs, bleachers, hills, and other useful stuff to add to the intensity of your workout.

I am a personal trainer, and I prefer to train my clients at the park. Not only does it sway away from the enclosed gym, but for some reason each and every workout is more efficient and successful. Enjoying the scenery while sweating it out is beyond inspirational.

The following workout regimen is designed to target the entire body, including cardiovascular. Each movement focuses on isolating and firming each of the large muscle groups in your body. Due to the lack of equipment, each movement can either be performed with a band, dumbbells, or body weight (no equipment). Good luck!

Benefits of Exercising Outside:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Sun improves vitamin D levels
  3. More fun than indoors
  4. Enjoy nature and fresh air
  5. Less germs than gym
  6. Less crowded; no waiting for machines
  7. Dogs can come along
  8. Improves self-esteem
  9. Enhances cardiovascular endurance
  10. Makes working out enjoyable

Park Workout Regimen:

Start with 20-30 minutes of cardiovascular training. Incorporate jump rope, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, etc. to keep the heart rate up while in-between sets.

April 20th, 2010

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