Outdoor workouts

Monday, 10 December 2012

Outdoor workoutsChanging your workout routine could give your body that extra oomph it needs to break out of your rut. And with the great summer weather across the country, give these a try…

Trail running

Trail running is a massive trend at the moment, and with good reason. Our beautiful summer climate means you have an incentive to exercise, and organised events will usually guarantee a scenic route and destination. The rocky terrain means you are stimulated physically and mentally while you move, all with the added benefit of fresh air and vitamin D.

Walk and talk

Instead of a sit-down lunch, meet your friends in the park and enjoy a brisk walk while you talk. You will be burning calories while you catch up, and absorbing some quality time in the sun.

Switch to sand

No matter the activity, the beach provides a perfect backdrop for exercise. Instead of tanning, pack plenty of throw-and-catch games for you and your family to enjoy. If you like to run, loose the shoes and take it to the shoreline, where you will be far more challenged by the unsteady surface.

Get fit in the garden

A few key pieces of equipment can transform your home into a hive of activity. Gardens or outdoor entertainment areas make wonderful sports grounds; so invest in a stand-alone trampoline, volleyball/badminton net, or basketball hoop. You will be encouraging more outdoor activity, whilst merging fitness with precious family time.

Train in the park

The kiddies’ jungle gym is exercise equipment in disguise. Practise standing push-ups against a low beam of the jungle gym, and try some leg lifts while hanging from the monkey bars, equivalent to a sit-up. Head over to the nearest park bench for some tricep dips and squats, and for your cool down – hit the swings!

Find a good cause: If you struggle with motivation, sign yourself and your friends up for charity walks and fun runs. Not only are you getting a guaranteed workout and feeling encouraged to exercise in preparation, you’ll enjoy a social experience with your friends whilst supporting a good cause.

Image: FrancescoCorticchia/Shutterstock.com

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Fitness and lifestyle expert, Lisa Raleigh, has been an exercise specialist for more than a decade. Known for her television roles as the winning team trainer on SA's The Biggest Loser, fitness guru on Michael Mol's Hello Doctor as well as the health and wellness consultant on SABC 3's daily morning show, Expresso, Lisa is fast becoming South Africa's unofficial face of wellness and healthy living.

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  1. Sue1N

    Waking along the beach and hiking in a nature reserve are my favourites!

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I’m a big believer in squats. I’ve always had muscular legs, but now they’re super toned.

    4 years ago •

  1. voges

    I prefer the tip to walk and talk, so you don’t even feel like you are exercising

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Walking to the shops instead of driving the 2km when you want to buy bread and milk is also great. Gives your body a chance to do something so simple that we take for granted.

    5 years ago •

  1. Vermeulen

    Great workout tips and it’s is so simple.

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Garden idea is Superb… So are the rest…

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Can’t wait to move to Western Cape to actually go jog on the beach

    5 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    This tips sound really good its sounds like something I could do

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Great ideas, and perfect for the perfect weather we have

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Love the park idea – Good for the kids, good for me!

    5 years ago •

  1. Henke

    Beach Walking!!! You don’t even realise how far you walk… oh and hiking of course

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Great out door idea’s for this holiday season when food is central to Holidays…

    5 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    I really need to start working out I have gained so much weight its not good for my health. This article has really motivated me to start taking care of myself and health

    5 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    nice simple workouts. definitely one for everyone’s style.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I love getting active at the beach – usually no one else is interested – such a pity.

    5 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    Thew walk and talk idea could work.

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Ah a good walking pace on the beach is just what I need

    5 years ago •

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