Why waste this glorious sunshine slogging it out in the gym, when you can exercise outdoors in the sunshine? This Summer, cancel that hefty gym membership because we have 7 outdoor exercises you can do without spending a penny!
1 | Play out in your local area
More and more free gyms are popping up in parks around the country. These resistance based, low impact ‘adult play areas’ are family friendly and absolutely free, making them the perfect spot to work out without the hefty gym fees.
2 | Swing King
Thought your days of hanging about on park swings was over? Wrong! Try Swing Split Lunge, stand in front of the swing and rest one foot on the seat of the swing, heel up. Bend the other leg into a deep lunge. Repeat for 15 and swap legs.
3 | Take the stairs
One that works for both outside and in, the cliché that actually works, as well as saving time waiting in line for that pesky lift. Stair climbing is officially classed as a ‘vigorous exercise’ and burns more calories per minute than jogging. Just 30 minutes a day can help tone your bum and legs whilst getting you to your next meeting on time.
4 | Sprint like you stole it
HIIT it hard and find yourself a hill. After a gentle warm-up run as fast as you can to the top and back down again. Rest for 30 seconds and then head back up again. Repeat 10 times before collapsing into a sweaty heap.
5 | Yogi Bear
Yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility whilst improving your muscle strength and tone. It’s also great for calming your mood and helping you prepare for a stressful day ahead. Find a patch of grass in a quiet spot and start practising your Downward-Facing Dog.
If you haven’t tried yoga before, why not read our blog on how to kick-start your weight loss with yoga. If you’re just getting started, we answer all your common questions, from getting started to the main benefits for weight loss.
6 | Walk this way
Not quite ready to run? No problem. They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so put your best foot forward and hit the pavement. Start by downloading a pedometer app to your smartphone and aim for 10,000 steps a day. Over one week that can burn nearly 3,500 calories!
If you want to know how hitting the pavement could help you drop the pounds (and keep them off for good) read our latest blog on how to walk 30 minutes a day to lose weight.
7 | Park bench push up
Why sit when you can get fit? Placing your hands on the seat of the bench with your legs extended out into a raised plank position, lower your chest towards the bench using your arms and extend back out. Repeat for 12 reps.
What should I drink post-workout?
Any of our Exante Meal Replacement Shakes would be a perfect match!
To replenish the body, we suggest having a cold shake or smoothie post-workout! All our Exante Shakes can be whizzed with ice and almond milk (optional – you can use coconut or simply water) and contain the calcium, vitamins and minerals you need for muscle contraction and protein to replenish your body and leave you feeling refreshed for the rest of the day!