It's hard to tell yourself to go to the gym when it's 75 degrees and sunny outside. You can't beat that feeling of breathing in fresh air while going for a jog around the neighborhood. It's easy to get some cardio in while running outside, but what about when you want to tone and strengthen your body? Do you have to tell yourself to go to the gym so you can lift some weights, or is there another solution? Believe it or not, parks have some of the best equipment to use when you are looking to tone your body. So, what are some of the ways you can turn the outdoors into your own personal gym?
Park bench pushups: Utilize a park bench to tone your arms and shoulders. Place your feet on the bench and your hands on the ground in pushup position with your belly flat. Complete 10 pushups, then switch your position with your hands on the park bench and your feet on the ground, completing 10 more pushups.
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Park bench dips: You can strengthen your triceps by performing dips using a park bench. First, sit on the edge of the bench with your hands gripping the bench right outside your hips. Place your feet on the ground with your legs at a 90 degree angle. Slide your butt off the bench and shift your weight forward, where only your hands and feet support you. Lower your butt to the ground and bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle, then straighten your arms and pull your weight up. Continue the cycle for 30 to 90 seconds.
Park bench step-ups: Not only is a park bench perfect for toning your chest and arms, you can also target your abs by performing sets of step-ups. To complete, keep your right foot on the bench and step up and down with your left foot, bringing your left knee to your chest. Complete 25 step-ups, and then repeat on opposite leg. Click here for more info!
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Tree pullups: What better way to tone your arms then by doing pull-ups using a tree? To begin, first find a tree branch that is steady and horizontal. Grab onto the branch and use your arms to pull yourself up with your head above the branch, then ease slowly back down. Repeat for 45 seconds.
Tree sits: Have you ever heard of a wall sit? Well, a tree sit is the same idea but your supporting your body against a tree trunk instead of a wall. Set your body up in a sitting position against a tree, placing your legs at a 90-degree angle. Squeeze your muscles and stay in sitting position for one minute.
Bleacher runs: Bleachers or stairs are great for cardio and toning. By pushing yourself to completing sets of laps up and down stairs, you are toning your butt and shaping your legs. It is recommended to begin slowly then once you are warmed up, run up and down the stairs for at least 20 minutes. No bleachers? No problem! Run on a track or sidewalk.