Summer may be the season when you want to be in the best shape ever, but that doesn’t mean you want to spend all of your warm-weather time inside a stuffy gym, either. Luckily, you don’t have to. Check out this list of outdoor fitness options like running, rowing, surfing, hiking, biking, and more, then get ready to break a sweat.
- Go for a run. Clocking miles on a treadmill just doesn’t compare to pounding them out on the pavement with the wind in your face. Plus, it’s free. All you need are some sneaks.
- Play a basketball game. Whether you challenge your friends to a game of hoops or your date, b-ball is an awesome workout and a fun one at that.
- Do an outdoor boot camp. Suffering through a million high-intensity intervals is always more enjoyable with a great view, and if you happen to be near the water, there’s nothing like a cold dip when you’re hot AF.
- Hike a trail. This is a great one, especially if you have pets. Not only will they get to enjoy nature with you, but you’ll be toning your butt, glutes, and legs while you’re at it.
- Sign up for a surf lesson. Channel Blake Lively or Kate Bosworth for the day and work on your form on a board. Surfing is addicting once you get the hang of it and it’s perfect for a full-body sweat sesh.
- Try SUP (stand-up paddleboarding). If surfing isn’t your jam (or you need a little assistance with the whole balance-on-a-board thing), give SUP a chance. You can hold onto an oar (so the chances of falling are less likely) and you’ll work your upper body and core with all those twists and turns.
- Practice yoga on the beach. Sunrise and sunset are equally nice times to perfect your Downward Dog, and the options for where to do it al fresco are endless: the beach, the woods, on a roof, on a deck, even on a mat in your backyard.
- Kayak around a lake. Instead of rowing inside a hot studio, take a kayak or a canoe for a few spins. You’ll still burn the same number of calories if you go at a competitive pace.
- Go rock climbing. Long before there were indoor walls, there were just outdoor boulders, and they still make for a worthy athletic activity.
- Play a round of tennis. Sprinting back and forth after a ball and nailing your backhand while getting tan? We see nothing wrong here. Just remember the SPF.
- Have a jump-roping marathon. There’s a reason trainers are always having people warm up with a jump rope — because it’s amazing cardio. And who doesn’t like the throwback feeling of being a kid again while doing it?
- Take a horseback riding lesson. Trotting, posting, galloping, it all benefits your behind and you get to take a selfie with your horse when it’s over.
- Bike instead of driving where you need to go. You can even pretend you’re at Soul and cycle to the beat — just bring a pair of headphones for the ride.
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