Here in Denver, we’re slowly but surely heading towards warmer weather and sunny spring days. As the winter cold breaks, it’s a great chance to move your workouts outside. You don’t have to be cooped up in the gym to get in a good workout! Here are 5 great ways you can work on your fitness and enjoy the fresh spring air at the same time.
1. Red Rocks workout
There really isn’t a more picturesque spot to get a workout in than Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. Run the steps of the amphitheater, or make use of one of the numerous trails in the park for hiking, biking, or running. The Red Rocks Trail is great for biking, the Trading Post Trail offers incredible views and scenery along its 1.4 mile span, and the Funicular Trail is short and steep if you’re looking to do some incline training.
2. Body weight training on a jungle gym (or even just a bench!)
You don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment to work your muscles. Body weight circuits can be an intense and effective way to workout on the go. If you can find a local jungle gym or park bench, you can get in a great circuit including everything from pull ups and pushups to squats, dips, and hanging ab exercises.
Need some inspiration? Here’s a great example from Superbalist.com:
3. Join a local sports league
Every major city offers at least a handful of adult sports leagues that you can get involved in! Organized sports are a great way to have fun while you’re working out, hold yourself accountable, and maybe even make some friends along the way. You can find a league for almost any skill level and any sport if you look hard enough. To get started, try contacting your local park district or recreation center, or searching in area Facebook groups.
4. Explore your town while biking or running
Whether you’ve just moved to a new city and want to learn your way around, or you’ve lived there your whole life and just want to explore some new areas, getting out for a run or a bike can be a great way to do it. See the sights and get the lay of the land while you get your workout in. Now that’s a great two birds, one stone scenario!
And if you really enjoy biking or running, you can even take it a step further and find a local biking or running club to join.
5. Take a walk with family: In person or virtually
Finally, if you’re looking for something that’s a bit lower intensity, you can really never go wrong with a long walk. You can also take this as an opportunity to bond with your family, whether they’re there to walk with you in person, or you’re talking to them on the phone as you stroll. Especially after a long day of work, a walk around the neighborhood can be a great way to de-stress, enjoy some fresh air, and get moving all at once.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to workout outside this spring. Whether you want an intense circuit training session, a cardio workout, or just to simply get your body moving, you can do it all outdoors. So get out and get active!