Building Strength

by Tess Donelon

As we put the carefree days of summer behind us, and embrace the structure and discipline of the back-to-school season, it should be easier to stick to a solid health and fitness regimen. With a tinge of crispness in the air, and gorgeous autumn weather ahead, here are a few ideas for outdoor workouts. 

Workout Newbies

A hike through the park or even around your neighborhood is a great place to start your fitness journey. It gets your blood flowing and muscles moving while also giving you amazing views to look at along the way. Taking longer steps and increasing your pace as you go can make your workout a bit more challenging and help build strength. 

As your hikes become more regular, vary your route each time to keep it fresh.  Along the way, you may discover that walking is one of the best ways to get the energy flowing.

Seeking Muscle Definition

If you’re looking to tone  your muscles, easy core workouts that target specific muscle groups are the way to go. Your back porch or back yard could be the perfect spot for some rotations of planks and crunches.

Cardio Connoisseurs

High intensity workouts can do wonders increasing the endurance and speed of your body. HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts are geared towards quick bursts of energy and moments of rest in between. They focus on workouts that mimic long stretches of cardio training but in much smaller periods of time. Make sure to have a large water bottle nearby while going through an HIIT work out--you’ll definitely need it!

Although each of these workouts are motivating in their own way, it’s important to note that mixing up your fitness routine is the healthiest way to keep your body on its toes. Going on a hike one day and doing sit-ups the next gives your body the chance to have a fully well-rounded regimen that doesn’t overwork any singular muscle group in the process. 

Whichever way you choose, any workout is a good workout! Enjoy being outdoors, and help your body stay healthy and strong this fall. And make sure to grab yourself a smoothie afterward to celebrate your newfound routine.

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