HEALTH AND WELLNESS
from gym rat to mother nature’s gym
Do you always work out in the gym? Do you also spend your 8-hour workday indoors? Gym rat or not, this month I challenge you to spend more time outside by taking your training outdoors. The days are getting longer and warmer, and studies show that “green exercise,” physical activity in natural areas, has been linked to increased energy and focus, better mood, decreased anxiety, tension and anger, and improved self-esteem.
I know what you are thinking: Training outside means running, cycling, swimming, basketball—some form of cardio—and you just love your strength training in the gym. From one gym rat to another, I can assure you that you have just as much to gain in strength outdoors as indoors!
There are plenty of ways to give your muscles a good mix-up and challenge for even the toughest of the tough. Take body weight exercises such as push-ups, and challenge yourself by performing the exercises at various angles and positions. See the workout on the next page for examples. Use anything that you can: tree stumps, logs, benches, rocks and hills for incline push-ups, step-ups, plyometric and interval training. Find a jungle gym for pull-ups, inverted rows and dips. If you still enjoy or prefer using equipment and added weight, here are some of my must-have strength tools for outdoor boot camp and strength training.1. Body-Bands
3. Hyperwear SandBell
5. Weighted vest