Let’s be real – the gym environment isn’t for everyone. While it protects us from the elements and provides a huge stack of weights to move around, it needn’t be the only tool in our fitness kit! If you’re looking to get active on a budget, or perhaps you’re ready for a change of scenery, read on for our top tips on how to exercise everywhere.
- Check out your local parks
Companies such as a_space team up with communities to provide engaging and active outdoor exercise spaces. More than just your typical bars and benches, their set ups are fully functional and will definitely get you working. Each piece of equipment has both written instructions and QR links to exercise videos – so they’ll help if you have no idea where to start.
- … but bars and benches are great too!
Local ovals and sporting grounds are loaded with unexpected exercise equipment if you get creative. Think bars for push ups, running up and down the stairs, dips off benches, core exercises on the grass.
- Swings and other things
The humble playground is also jam packed with opportunities to move. Swing sets can turn into suspension trainers by placing your hands or feet on the seat, then going through your usual push ups, jackknifes, split squats… these are surprisingly challenging! You could also BYO some gymnastic rings or TRX straps to loop over trees and poles to take it to the next level.
- Geo-tag your gym
Feel like you need a personal trainer in your pocket? The Urban Gym PT app endeavours to create a fitness community outside of the four walls of the traditional gym. Personal trainers can link a full workout to an outdoor space, including videos, which fitness fanatics can find using the app and complete it at their own pace.
Exercises aside, the benefits of being in nature are numerous, so why not try one of these tips this weekend?