A Healthier U


Who needs a treadmill? Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while engaging in a NEW type of workout outside. Do you normally do yoga? Or do you have a yoga mat? Switch up your routine by doing a full body workout using your mat.

  • Try doing long jumps the length of your mat, shuffle back to the start position and repeat.
  • Do some pushups to get your arms looking toned.
  • Try implementing some sumo squats for strong legs.
  • To get those abs engaged, do some mountain climbers and bicycle crunches.
  • Finally, get yourself glistening a little sweat by doing (everyone’s favorite) burpees.

Have a basketball court near you? Instead of shooting hoops, HIIT it up.

  • Using the length of the courts, do sprints.
  • Sprint to the other side of the court and jog backwards.
  • Do lateral hops by jumping over and back the full court line, facing forward the whole time.
  • Finally, do some shuffles the full length of the court and back to the start.

Do as many as you can for each exercise for a cardio blast.

Do you have a competitive spirit? Challenge yourself.

  • Map out a route in your neighborhood (one you might normally walk or jog) and find landmarks you could use to implement various body-weight exercises.
  • Jog/walk to each landmark and perform the various exercises (pushups, burpees, squats, crunches, lunges, etc.). You’ll determine the amount of repetitions for each exercise.
  • Challenge yourself by increasing the repetitions, trying to improve your time each day or even doing more than one route.
  • If you have a stadium with a track near by – skip the laps, and take the stairs. Jog up the stairs at the quickest pace you can and jog at a slower pace back down the stairs. Repeat these two exercises as long as you can for a fat-burning cardiovascular workout. Modify the pace as necessary.

Are you into CrossFit? Try these exercises outside to implement an outdoor version.

  • For workout one: 5 pushups, 10 sit-ups, and 15 squats and repeat 5 rounds.
  • For workout two: 10 burpees, 20 tuck jumps, 30 pushups, 40 squats, and 50 lunges – repeat 5 rounds.
  • Alternate workout one and two with one-minute rest between each round; you will complete 5 rounds. Modify exercise as necessary.

The best part of all of these exercises is they’re little-to-no cost. Remember to stay hydrated and well-nourished. 


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