5 Outdoor Workout Ideas

Get slim without setting foot inside the gym.

CROSSFIT ON-THE-ROAD

Take your CrossFit workout outside with any of these CrossFit On-the-Road Workouts that use very little equipment, suggests Jason Benade, owner and head coach at CrossFit Elk Grove in California.

Here are two of Benade’s favorites:

Workout 1 (5 Rounds)
5 Pushups
10 Sit ups
15 Squats

Workout 2 (5 Rounds)
10 Burpees
20 Bench jumps
30 Pushups
40 Squats
50 Lunges

Want more? Check out the full list at CrossFitOneWorld.com.

SAILING OR ROWING CLASSES

“Sailing and rowing courses are affordable and an awesome change of pace, says Andia Winslow, a professional athlete, certified fitness professional, and ambassador for the Women’s Sports Foundation. Sailing is a total-body workout that helps build upper-body muscular endurance, agility, coordination, and flexibility and can burn around 200 calories, Winslow says.

And rowing? Forget the machines at the gym and get out on the water! This fantastic low-impact form of cardio works your legs and core in a major way and can have you burning up to 800 calories an hour, Winslow says.

TRAPEZE

Take your workout to new heights with trapeze workouts! Try a private lesson or enroll in a class to experience this total-body, endorphin-inducing workout that can have you burning up to 500 calories an hour, Winslow says. Not to mention, controlling your body while hanging off a bar in midair is also one serious abs workout!

TRAIL RUNNING

Want to boost your calorie burn without having to run longer? Try trail running! Thanks to the textured, uneven terrain, your body has to work harder with every step, making trail running a more intense and effective workout than pounding pavement.

“Runners must be wholly engaged as they find footings, achieve balance, and adjust to incline changes,” Winslow says. “Both your aerobic and anaerobic energy systems are being used during your run, as some trail positions require bursts of energy, unlike the steady-state fitness level of pavement (or the treadmill).”

VOLUNTEERING

The number of calories burned shouldn’t always be the focus of your workout. You can get active outside and give back to your community at the same time.

“Walking dogs for a local shelter or cleaning up a nearby park in the neighborhood are all great calorie burners and a nice way to give back,” says Jaime Kenworthy, a certified personal trainer in Philadelphia and owner of J’aime Fitness, LLC. To find great opportunities to volunteer in your area, go to Volunteer Match.org.