5 Outdoor Workout Ideas for Summer
by Tania Tetrault Vrga
Yes Winnipeg, our precious summer has arrived. Temperatures are rising, and along with the heat comes late sunsets, warm evenings, and a mass exodus from the gym to the cottage, park, or beach. Training outdoors, in an uncontrolled environment, with heat, wind or uneven terrain for example, can provide a tougher workout and stimulate the senses. You’ll soak up some Vitamin D, reduce stress, and get the chance to enjoy all that nature has to offer. Instead of heading to the gym, try one of our 5 outdoor workout ideas for summer.
(1) Beach sprints, hill sprints: the ultimate HIIT workout
Running in the sand at the beach is a workout like no other. Sprint 50M to 100M, then rest and walk back. Repeat for a total of 10 sets. If you can’t get out to the beach, find an outdoor staircase, such as at the Manitoba legislative buildings and do the same routine with stairs.
(2) Waterski, wakeboard, baseball, ultimate: try a summer sport
If you are at the lake, consider taking up a water sport. Waterskiing, kneeboarding, and wake-boarding are great full body workouts. If water sports aren’t your thing, consider joining a local intramural sports league. Soccer, baseball, and ultimate frisbee leagues abound in Winnipeg. It’s a great way to meet new people, stay active and have fun.
(3) Play: use a playground for a bodyweight workout
Explore local parks and playgrounds with kids or on your own. Climb the monkey bars, play on the swings, and challenge your balance by walking beams or climbing the jungle gym. Remember summers spent outside as a child, playing softball, riding your bike, building tree forts and swimming at the pond? Who says you can’t be the example and get your kids to enjoy the same fun you had as child?
(4) Hike, camp, canoe: get fit in the great outdoors
A canoe trip or camping trip is a wonderful opportunity to incorporate exercise into a family vacation or a low-key getaway. Go camping, and you might even get to chop some wood. Even if all you have is an afternoon, you can still go on a great hike. You don’t need to travel far to find excellent trails in Manitoba. Get a group of friends or family together for a day trip to Bird’s Hill Park.
(5) 5K, marathon, triathlon, mud run: sign up for a race
Summertime in Winnipeg provides ample opportunities for triathlons, 5K races, bike races, even fun races like mud runs and charity events. There’s nothing like an impending competition date to motivate you to train regularly. Rally your friends to sign up as well and you can all train together.
If you are planning to train outdoors, remember that acclimating to heat can take a few weeks. Don’t forget to ease into it, hydrate adequately, and maintain electrolyte levels.
If you’re headed on a trip, we’ve got some great CrossFit workouts you can take along with you. Check out our 34 Vacation Workouts.