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Escape The Gym

Remember those days when exercise didn’t seem like a chore? As a kid, running around during recess or playing street hockey with your neighbors was just for fun. However, by bringing that sense of play back into your daily workouts, you are more likely to get moving, stick to it and see those results.

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If you’re 2017 fitness routine got old faster than “Despacito”, try breathing some fresh air into an overtired routine, and chances are you won’t blow off that next workout.

Here are 5 playful ways to escape the gym and take your workout outside.

Use Your Surroundings

Who needs fancy gym equipment when you have benches, bars and stairs available for free? All you need to do is find a staircase, do step-ups on the way up and run back down. If you are looking for an extra challenge, try taking two stairs at a time. Just head to your local park where you can do push-ups on a bench, pull-ups on the jungle gym and lunges on the curbs. It’s that simple.

Ditch the Treadmill

A study in 2015 found that people who walked on an outdoor track rather than a treadmill not only enjoyed their workout more, but actually moved faster and perceived their workout to be less strenuous. Next time, ditch your treadmill and go for a jog in your local park or hit the sidewalk. Don’t have a park? Don’t worry. Nearly any pedestrian zone can be used for a quick jog. You may even want to bring a pedometer in order to keep track of your workout goals.

Get a Mentor

The same way your high school track coach used to push you to improve your game, so do fitness instructors and trainers. Even if you are on a budget, there are several ways you can challenge yourself with the help of a pro. Try downloading workout apps and podcasts to your smartphone and carry along your very own portable fitness coach. If you have a gym membership, there are plenty of trainers and instructors who will be happy to offer you advice or answer any questions your have, so don’t hesitate to ask. Find whatever works best for you.

Hit the Beach

According to one study, running on the beach takes almost 1.6 x more energy than running on a hard surface. But with the bird calls, sunset and ocean breeze to keep you in the zone, you won’t even notice the difference. If you are lucky to have a beach  nearby, there are so many manys to incorporate both sand and ocean into your workout. Try going for a swim, partake in some beach volleyball or design your own workout routine using the resistance of the sand to build muscle. Jogging, crunches, long jumps and pushups are all great beach workouts.

Find Some Friendly Competition

Having a workout buddy will not only keep you motivated, but will add an element of teamwork and competition to your sweat session. Studies show that you tend to push yourself harder when you are racing against someone or fighting for a prize. If this sounds like something you’re into, try setting up your own drills such a racing to a street lamp post or having a pushup competition. The winner gets bragging rights while the other has to do a set of jumping jacks or crunches.

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Ask fall is slowly approaching the weather starts to cool down, now is the perfect time to move your workout from the sweat confines of your local gym to the great outdoors. Try these 5 ideas to get in shape while getting some fresh air.