Being active outdoors and doing something fun that you enjoy is a great way to appreciate nature and all the beauty the earth has to offer. No matter the season you can improve your health through getting outdoors and enjoying life!
Where you live can play a huge role on the amount of time you get to enjoy the warm weather, so take advantage if you can. There is always something you can do if you put your mind and body to it.
I’m going to be covering some of the funnest outdoor activities for the Summer that can help you achieve a healthier life by building muscle, strength, and endurance. If you have any other ideas or something you really enjoy that I missed, please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
The great thing about biking is that you can do it just about anywhere and it’s fun and doesn’t leave your body feeling beat up. There are many wonderful bike trails or lakes throughout your area that are waiting for you to explore. Feel and enjoy the breeze blow past your face keeping you cool in the sun while you peddle your way to greater health.
Get your spouse or friends involved and make a day of it. You can take the opportunity to reconnect with the outdoors and build relationships with fun and healthy adventures.
Rollerblading was very popular in the 90’s and is kinda like the summer version of ice-skating, but with wheels of course! This can be a fun way to get outdoors and enjoy a beautiful day and get a fantastic cardiovascular workout. I’ve seen people use ski poles to imitate cross-country skiing. This is a great way to get the arms involved for full-body conditioning.
Try throwing on some earbuds and cruise to some music or listen to an audio book or something and just go, get out there and enjoy yourself. You can have a lot of fun while getting fit when you’re rollerblading! Some great places to rollerblade would be your areas park trails or even better around the lake if it has a path for rollerbaldders, most do but check your areas recreation trails guide to find out.
On a hot day, nothing is better than getting out on the water to have some fun. Paddleboarding is a great way to stay in shape and work on your tan. If you get to hot, you can always just take a dip in the water to cool down.
Paddleboarding offers many different and exciting options to enjoy your time out on the water. You can paddle around in just about any body of water, do yoga, fish, or just relax and read a book. Paddleboarding is great for anyone and is fun to do with family and friends.
This is another fun way to enjoy the water. A kayak is a personal boat like a small canoe. You can kayak anywhere and get to those hidden spots that a bigger boat can’t go. Great for fishing and exploring.
Kayaking is a great way to get an upper-body workout, while building endurance. You can also try kayaking in whitewater rapids if you are looking for a challenge that will give you the rush you been missing!
#5. Water Aerobics and Swimming
Swimming and water aerobics are some of the best low-impact exercises you can do. Training in the water gives you natural resistance without straining your joints and connective tissues. Swimming or just walking in the water can actually help with strengthening your body and relieve aches and pains.
If you like to swim this is a great way to condition and restore your body. Also, try doing water aerobics. All that really means is doing exercises in the water. For example, squat jumps, jogging in place or for distance, muscle ups on the side of the pool, leg kicks, and any other movement you can think of.
#6. Kettlebell Training
Kettlebells are versatile and can be done anywhere including outside on a beautiful day. You can take them with you anywhere because they don’t take up much space, but provide many very efficient exercises that will give you a full-body workout.
I love kettlebell training and recommend it for anyone looking to get in the best shape of their life. Kettlebells are challenging, fun, and easy to learn. You will really benefit from using kettlebells in a workout routine by building muscle, strength, flexibility, and endurance. With so many exercises to perform you will never get bored with kettlebell training. So, get a set of kettlebells and go to your favorite outdoor spot and have fun.
#7. Prowler Sled
Using a sled is an awesome way to condition the body for anything. You can use a sled as a warm up for your strength training routine, or as your main work out, and even as active recovery for getting blood flow to muscles that are tight and soar. A sled is mainly used for lower-body workouts, but can be a great upper-body workout by simple getting a harness attachment that allows for many great upper-body exercises.
A prowler sled can be a great H.I.I.T tool as well as providing a steady to moderate pace workout if desired. A sled works best on hard surfaces like concrete, pavement, turf, clay, etc. A sled is portable and will fit in just about any car trunk allowing you the option to train anywhere you want.
Try a prowler sled and you will experience one of the most fulfilling workouts you have ever done. Many top athletes use sleds to train with and so can you!
#8. Yoke Walk
This is where you put a yoke frame on your upper-back similar to a squat rack position and walk for distance with it. This will literally build every muscle in your body and provide excellent endurance at the same time. The Yoke walk is popular among strength athletes specifically in strongman competitions and can be a true test of strength!
The yoke walk is a great full-body workout that will require maximum effort and produce fully functional results. A lot of yoke racks allow for other compound exercise like squats and presses because they have pre-drilled holes that allow for J-hooks to rack a barbell. Become a strong man or women and try the yoke walk.
#9. Farmers Walk
Another great exercise that completely builds up every muscle in your body and will really work your grip and forearm strength. To perform a farmers walk you grab the weight, one in each hand or in one hand called a suitcase carry, but for the farmers walk typically the same amount of weight in each hand which can be dumbbells, kettlebells, or use the actual farmers walk handles that you load weight plates on and walk for distance or time.
You will see this in strongman competitions, but usually done as a frame carry with extremely heavy loads. The farmers walk can be the exercise you been looking for that is something new to add to your fitness routine to get you to that next level. Go outside, grab some heavy weight and walk with it!
#10. Weighted walks
Walking is one of the most underestimated ways to really get in great shape. You can go for 15-20 min walks a day and make a huge difference in your health. Once you want more of a challenge you can start using a weighted vest, wrist, and ankle weights to help you build strength, muscle, and endurance while you are out on a stroll.
Walking with weights reinforces good posture and will assist in strengthening connective tissues without the added strain on your joints. Weighted walks can actually help with injury prevention from lack of mobility. Whether you use a weighted vest or ankle and wrist weights walking can work wonders in your life.
Enjoy the Summer!
I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 picks for Outdoor Fitness Ideas for the Summer. For many of us being cramped up in the house during the long winter makes you anxious and restless to get outdoors and have fun in the warm sun. You can plan a couple of these ideas into your Summer to have fun and get fit at the same time.
If you have any other ideas that I missed that you enjoy feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you like to do for the Summer to have fun and stay in shape.
Have a Great Summer!
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.-Alice Walker
All the best,