Cycling haters rejoice!
If you're anything like us, you're not a cyclist. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some fun outdoor exercise now and again.
Here are our favourite alternative activities that will give you a workout and a suntan (winner!):
- Yoga in the park
Yeah, this could be a little embarrassing, but who cares? Yoga is great for building strength, flexibility and helping you relax. Plus, you'll be enjoying the great outdoors while doing it!
Basketball doesn't get enough credit. Not only is it a fun thing to do with friends, but it helps you burn a lot of calories, get into shape, and improve your balance and coordination.
Tennis is another great outdoor sport that helps tone muscles and increases strength and flexibility. It also has lots of health benefits including lowering blood pressure and resting heart rate. Time to pick up a racket!
- Sailing or rowing
It's the summer - why not head to the beach or a lake for some fun in the sun and exercise? You will work muscles you never even knew existed. Beware: you'll probably (definitely) ache the next day...
- Trail running
Running isn't the most enjoyable outdoor exercise but trail running is different. Somehow it feels like a lot less work than running on concrete through the city or on a treadmill. It's also better for your ankles, knees, and hips.
Not only will you be getting some wonderful fresh air, but you will be taking in some awesome scenery and toning your body too. Hiking is also great for lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Outdoor bootcamp
Search and find a class! You'll get to meet some new people, have fun and challenge yourself. Most bootcamp style classes are total body workouts, but you can go at your own speed.
Who needs to walk when you can use your skateboard? You'll get around a lot quicker and it's a great way to tone your legs. Just try to keep your balance the best you can - we don't want any nasty accidents!