Summer is just around the corner and with it comes the inspiration to get out and get moving. I’ve always loved being physically active – both in the cold of winter and the heat of summer. In addition to outdoor activities, I also enjoy working out at the gym – more so during the winter season than in the summer. The gym just isn’t appealing to me during summer; jogging outdoors in the sun feels like the best alternative for me. So how do you give your muscles a workout if an indoor gym isn’t appealing, and how can you avoid exercising only some of your muscles?
For people who live in an urban environment, there are stairways and park benches everywhere. Take advantage of them when doing lunges or even squat thrusts. Your buns will surely thank you the next day. If you live in a rural area, you can collect a bunch of different things, like car tires, wooden blocks, buckets, to help you create a circuit for performing different exercises, like jumps, tire lifts, squats and so on!
Additionally, no matter where you are you can use your own body weight when working out. I have found that exercises using my body weight are the best workout for me. Your own body weight provides sufficient resistance. In this blog, I’ve decided to tell you about my favorite exercise: the burpee. I think the burpee is the most effective exercise because you exert your entire body. Each repetition exercises the legs, arms, abdomen and chest. For individuals who are just starting to exercise, just a few repetitions will get your breathing going and your heart rate up. And, as you know, you burn more calories when your heart rate increases. Once you get the routine down, increase the number of repetitions! Your physical endurance will improve dramatically.
Be careful when starting with this exercise. Start slowly and pay attention to proper technique. Patience is a virtue also when it comes to working out. So start slowly and pick up the pace once you feel you’ve mastered the technique.
How to do a burpee:
- Begin by standing with good posture. Drop into a squat position with your hands on the floor for support.
- Kick your feet back into a push-up position and lower your chest to the floor.
- Push up while jumping back into the squat position you were in before getting into the push-up position.
- From the squat position jump up as high as you can.
- Continue from step 1.
How does that sound? Tough? It is. But it’s also tremendously rewarding when you notice results. Nothing gives you a better feeling than when you notice that you have become better than you were. Then you are the victor!
So, get outdoors and be active. Enjoy the sunny weather!