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How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Author: Elle Canada

Health & Fitness

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

3 Keys to Outdoor Workout Success

1. Oh the H2O!

Remember to not only bring your fav water bottle with you as you step outdoors, but also to pre-hydrate on hot summer days to ensure you are topped up well before you sweat it out outdoors!

2. When You’re Out There, What Do You Wear?

Check the weather ahead of time to ensure you are wearing appropriate workout wear. Protect yourself from the elements and make your workout more safe and comfortable by choosing high tech fabrics that wick away sweat, provide some level of SPF protection, and allow good airflow to help you moderate your temperature.

3. Schedule For Success

Schedule your workout ahead of time for the best likelihood of actually doing it as it is easy to get distracted by summer activities (e.g. that impromptu beach barbeque).  Plan to exercise either early in the day or later in the evening so that you can truly maximize your workout and not be limited by the heat of the day. Have your workout prepared in advance by writing it down or using fitness apps so you can get right into your sweat session when it’s time to hit it. (You just might make it for that barbeque after all!)

The Down-Low on Interval Workouts

Short, intense interval workouts have been shown to be just as effective, if not more so, than long continuous workouts, so take advantage of this this summer and give high intensity interval training (HIIT) with bodyweight a try!

Bodyweight HIIT is:  
●    highly adaptable to your fitness level – you can set the duration, intensity, and exercise difficulty level
●    accessible anytime, anywhere
●    portable and economical - no fancy equipment required

Take it to the outdoors and perform each of these six exercises for 45 seconds with a 15 second rest between each exercise. Repeat twice for a 12 minute whole body HIIT workout that will spark your summer fitness.

Here we go!

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How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Gekko Plank

1. Begin in a low plank position on your forearms.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Gekko Plank

2. Maintain a neutral back posture by engaging your core while you alternately bend each knee up and out to your sides.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Lunge and Kick Left

1. Start in a lunge position with left leg behind you.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Lunge and Kick Left

2. Push to stand while you kick your left leg forward. Repeat lunge and kick.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Scissor Star Abs

1. Lay face up in an outstretched star pattern.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Scissor Star Abs

2. Sit up and draw one hand to the opposite foot.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Scissor Star Abs

3. Return to start position.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Scissor Star Abs

4. Repeat sit up with the opposite hand and foot.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Lunge and Kick Right

1. Start in a lunge position with right leg behind you.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Lunge and Kick Right

2. Push to stand while you kick your left leg forward. Repeat lunge and kick.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Judo Push Up

1. Start in a pike position with hands and feet wide.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Judo Push Up

2. Start in a pike position with hands and feet wide.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Judo Push Up

3. Extend your elbows fully to end with your chest up and hips down. Return to start position and repeat

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Squat Jump

1. Start in a squat position with head and chest up and hips back.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout

Squat Jump

2. Leap upwards into the air then land softly, recoiling to starting squat position. Repeat.

By: Tammy Uyeda Source: Oakley Credits: ELLE Canada

Tammy Uyeda, Oakley Ambassador
Tammy is wearing outfits from the Oakley Women Spring collection

Registered Physiotherapist (CPTBC, MCPA)
Certified Group Fitness Instructor (BCRPA)


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