Traditional workouts at the gym are great, but they are not the only place where you can get your exercise. Nature provides you the perfect arena to push your body to its limits. During the past year, many public gyms were closed due to pandemic restrictions and, consequently, people had to get creative about their workouts. Getting outside and getting your sweat on can be the perfect solution.
While gym machines are (generally) designed to work specific muscles, natural workouts in the wilderness can work your whole body and fill your soul – you can take advantage of the quiet beauty of nature while you work your body to its limit.
For those who prefer to monitor their workout in a mirror, the wilderness may be a challenge. You can try mounting a cellular security camera or a trail cam in your workout area so you can check out your form when you get home.
Let’s take a look at 5 example workout activities that you can enjoy in the wilderness.
Hitting the trail can be great for both your body and your mind. There are thousands of stunning trail systems throughout the country that are just waiting to be explored. For a good cardio workout, you can try a moderate trail, but take it at a jog or moderate-paced walk. For a full-body workout, you can jump on a more strenuous trail that involves climbing, scrambling over trees and rocks, and gains elevation.
One of the best full-body workouts is swimming. You can work every part of your body and get great cardiovascular training. Whether you visit your favourite lake or river, swimming in the wild is always more enjoyable than hitting the pool at the gym. If you are lucky enough to live near a river, you can get a superior workout by swimming against the current. Working the breaststroke, butterfly, or freestyle strokes can give you the chest, core, shoulder, and arm workout that you have been looking for and refresh you at the same time.
Simple chores in the wilderness can give you an unexpectedly great workout. Head out into the woods with your axe to get the best arm, chest, and core workout that you have ever had. The motion of chopping wood involves many of the core muscle groups that machines at the gym just cannot touch. Find a friend that has a wood stove and needs some help building their winter wood stockpile and get to work!
When is the last time you climbed a tree or a rock face? Most of us gave up climbing for fun when we were kids, but that does not mean that you can not enjoy climbing at any age. Whether you climb cliff faces or want to scale a tree you will be getting an arm, core, and thigh workout while gaining the satisfaction of reaching the summit. Before you head out for some climbing, make sure that you are being safe with the right harnesses and training.
One of the fastest-growing water sports is paddleboarding. While this fun activity can be enjoyed by those of all ages, it does not mean that you can not get a good workout while you are having fun on the water. Paddleboarding requires skilled balance, a strong core, shoulder flexibility, and endurance. You can buy a hard or inflatable board or rent a stand-up paddleboard around your favourite lake or river and get out into the waves.
Getting a great workout does not mean that you have to spend hours in a crowded and noisy gym. Get out into the wilderness and try some of these winning workouts to achieve the results that you want.