Tips For Strength Training Outdoors
As we approach spring and summertime, you might want to consider moving your strength training sessions outdoors. A change of scenery can really help to increase your motivation and also help to work your body in new ways, which can lead to great results.
Now I know what you might be thinking, it’s only possible to do conventional cardio training in the great outdoors. This is not true, it is easy to implement a strength training workout outdoors too, when done properly.
Let’s look at 4 strength training tips that you can integrate into your outdoor workouts.
Choose Compound Bodyweight Exercises
When selecting your strength exercises for your outdoor workout you must choose wisely. By choosing compound bodyweight exercises, you will hit both the upper and lower body muscles.
Choose from exercises such as squats, lunges, pull-ups and push-ups.
Shorten Your Rest Periods
As you will not be adding extra external weight as a form of resistance, consider focusing on the amount of time that you rest between exercises. By cutting your rest periods to between 20 and 30 seconds, you will still induce a degree of muscular fatigue into your routine, which will allow you to progress.
You will also see excellent cardiovascular conditioning results due to the shorter rest periods.
Use A Resistance Band
For those that are serious about their strength workouts, you might want to consider investing in a resistance band. With a resistance band, you will have more exercise choices at your disposal, which will allow you to have more variety in your workout routines.
You can perform lateral raises, shoulder presses, chest presses, bicep curls and tricep extensions all with the help of a resistance band.
Don’t Forget To Stretch
Just because you’re outdoors, it doesn’t give you an excuse to skip stretching at the end of your workout routine. Your muscles will still be working hard and stretching is a fantastic way to cool-down from your workout session and will reduce your chances of experiencing muscle soreness in the days following the workout.
Stretching after your workouts can also help to lengthen your muscles, meaning they have a greater range of motion. This can help to boost your overall performance, when performing your strength exercises.
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