Our nation is currently in the middle of a pandemic that has caused various forms of lock down, shutdowns, shelter-in-place and much more. Due to these restrictions, many businesses have been closed, some are re-opening to some degree, or a few have gone out of business completely. This degree of uncertainty has extended to gyms, fitness centers, Crossfit boxes and various other workout facilities and has placed worry on the shoulders of those who want to continue with their fitness journey. But what do you do when working out at home gets too monotonous for your liking? Going outside is a great choice! Barring hazardous weather events, the great outdoors are never closed and they can be a great way to get access to a workout. The following will be workout recommendations that will be based on various levels of equipment available to the general public. I will highlight two great resources specifically.
These workouts will assume that you have the ability to use a local track for your workouts. Most area high schools will have a track and often these are open to the public, but call your local high school just to be sure.
Playgrounds are a great option to get a variety of different workouts in and they are readily available throughout different neighborhoods. Some cities even have playgrounds dedicated to workout-specific equipment! They’re a great source of both upper and lower body exercise options. These will likely be a new stimulus for your body and through the novelty of new exercise, could lead to some soreness following a workout. Please be sure your local playground is open before using the location for your workout.
Repeat the circuit 2-4 more times per fitness level/fatigue.
Getting outdoors is a great way to use the environment around you to workout. It’s easily accessible, it’s free and it’s a good way to interact within your community. There are many state and national parks that are begging to be explored (if they’re open, of course). Be safe and courteous to those around you and bring headphones if you want to avoid distractions. And please, bring plenty of water, especially if temperatures and humidity are high. Make sure to start easy and progress slowly to minimize injury risk. Contact your local Athletico today and a therapist can help curate a program for you, ensure safety while exercising, or address any new aches and pains you may be experiencing during your workouts.
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