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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Outdoor Exercise: 3 Ways to Get Started

Working out in the gym is great and all that, but it can’t compare to the fresh air outside and the beauty of nature. Unfortunately, though, it seems as if many of the most popular outdoor activities include mostly cardio such as cycling and running - and those parkour people jumping off buildings, but that’s not for everyone.

If you would like to continue with your weight lifting program but need a change of scenery, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a handful of ideas on outdoor exercises that will sculpt you just as well as those weights in the gym is able to.

It just makes it a bit more fun to exercise and you might even squeeze an extra day or two into your regular routine.

#1 Climbing

If you haven’t tried rock climbing before, it’s probably better to do this indoors first in order to get the guidance you need. A lot of people get addicted to it, though, and it’s a great activity to team up with your love for nature and camping as well; suddenly you have a lot of other rocky destinations on your travel lists.

Your new hobby might even take you around the world, in search for the biggest rock to climb.

There are, however, a lot of different types of climbing and you might want to look into bouldering, free climbing and solo climbing before you get started. It helps a bit to read up on the different types to figure out which one is the best fit for you - and to understand which climbing gear you might have to invest in.

Most importantly, though, climbing is great for your body and will get you strong in a way that weights simply can’t compare with.

#2 Kayaking

When the weather allows for it, you should get out there and try kayaking for a change. This is sometimes considered an extreme sport, although it depends on the kind of waters you plan on heading into, and it’s definitely extreme enough for your body.

You can have a look at this article to read more about what you should know before you get started - but a good tip is to remember to paddle with your whole body and not just your arms. It will make sense soon enough when your arms start to ache, though, but keep it in mind and your whole body will get a much better exercise.

#3 Skiing

Skiing is a great sport no matter if you like it fast, slow and steady, or going downhill at a neck-breaking pace. We don’t always think of it as a great workout, though, but you will definitely use your leg muscles a lot and, of course, have a chance to enjoy the kind of stunning scenery you won’t get in a dry gym. Cross-country skiing will definitely be a great choice in terms of exercise, by the way, so have a look around the web for skiing equipment right away.