Three Fast, Fun, and Easy Exercises to do Outside this Fall
As summer fades and autumn approaches, the weather will inevitably start to get a little chilly. During this transition you may find it harder to find the motivation to get outside for some exercise. It is important to maintain an active lifestyle during the fall to stay in good shape and be healthy. There are a variety of activities you can do, inside or outside, to get in your daily exercise. Here are a few simple activities you can do outdoors during the fall, and inside on those days when the weather is too gloomy or cold. Of course, remember that it is very important to spend a few minutes warming up and stretching before doing any sort of exercise.
Abdominal/Hip Raise – This exercise helps shape your abdominal muscles for a toned midsection. All you have to do is find a comfortable spot in the grass to lie down on your back and you are ready to go! Begin this exercise by lifting your knees and placing your feet flat on the ground, as if you are getting ready to do sit-ups. Then slowly raise your hips into the air until you body is in a straight line from your head to your knees. After a few seconds, bring your body back to the ground. Repeat this exercise a total of 20 times and you will have beautiful abs in no time at all.
Reverse Lunge – This will tone your upper leg muscles. Find a spacious place outside to do this activity. To start, stand straight up with your feet shoulder width apart. Then move one foot back and bend the opposite leg until it is at a ninety-degree angle. Slowly move the back knee towards the ground, with your arms straight up in the air, until it is almost touching, and hold for a few seconds. Repeat this exercise 20 times and you are on your way to having beautifully toned leg muscles.
Squats – This exercise will tone your strengthen and tone your butt in one simple motion. Squats are easy to perform outside in any spacious area. To begin the exercise make sure you are in the right position: standing straight up, feet shoulder width apart, and arms at your sides. Slowly bend your knees and lower your butt towards the floor, never letting your knees go past your toes. At the lowest point that you can go, hold for a few seconds, then slowly raise out of the squat. Do 20 repetitions to be on your way to a toned and shaped behind.
Sometimes it is not practical to exercise outside, when the weather is rainy or especially cold. When this is the case there is a variety of home gym equipment you can use to get your exercise indoors. Two popular home gym equipment machines are treadmills and ellipticals. Both of these can provide a great cardio workout indoors. Just hop on the treadmill for a 30-minute jog or spend 30 minutes on the elliptical, and you’ve gotten your exercise for the day.
Exercising on a daily basis is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Of course, it can be difficult to get outside when the weather gets cold in the fall, but it can be fun, fast, and easy to perform the exercises mentioned above. If the weather is too harsh, it is alright to hop on the treadmill or elliptical, as long as you are getting daily exercise and staying active!
Jim Rollince is a member of the creating writing department of Gym Source He enjoys writing about Fitness, Nutrition, and many other related topics.