Last week we talked all about why working out outside is good for you!  With all of the gorgeous spots around Mount Pleasant and Charleston to explore, there is no better place on EARTH to hit the ground running! This week we have our FIVE FAVORITE OUTDOOR EXERCISES.

Outdoor Exercise Idea #1: SUP!

Shape Magazine recommends taking it to the water: “Stand-up paddleboardinging (SUP) is an amazing way to tone your whole body without feeling like you’re exercising (Because it’s fun, but it’s not so easy.) Standing on a oversized long board, you use a paddle to navigate across flat, calm waters. Don’t be fooled by how easy it looks. SUP requires the use of your entire body, with a major emphasis on core stability and control. Former pro surfer Jodi Nelson describes it as ‘hiking on water,’ making it a great choice for anyone who wants to add some water to their workout routine without having to swim in it.”

Outdoor Exercise Idea #2: Break out the Bike!

WebMD reminds us why biking is the best: “Not only is bicycling an excellent cardiovascular exercise, but you can really explore your community by cycling to different neighborhoods or in parks, bike paths, or trails. Many people cycle to commute to work.  While running tends to target the hamstrings (the muscles in the back of your thighs), cycling uses the quadriceps (the muscles on the front of the thighs) more.”

The Today Show adds: “Riding a bike outdoors offers even more benefits than a stationary bike since you’ll have to balance, steer your bike and respond to changing terrain as you pedal. Cycling works your glutes, thighs and hamstrings as well as your core.”

Outdoor Exercise Idea #3: Take a Walk!

Health Magazine must have had Charleston in mind with their recommendation, to take a walking tour of your town: “Walking is an easy way to stay in shape because it requires only a pair of supportive shoes and it’s something you can do pretty much anywhere.  A fun way to spice up your workout is by signing up for a walking tour of your city or nearby historic area. You can learn something new while fitting in a workout!” 

Check out Charleston Sole Walking Tours for a great mix of exercise and history! 

Outdoor Exercise Idea #4: Beach It!

GQ, who quotes celebrity trainer, fitness, and nutrition coach Adam Rosante, recommends:  “Protect your joints while challenging your muscles with a series of beach sprints.  The sand is low-impact, saving your joints from the pounding they take on paved streets, but provides an additional resistance challenge, cranking up the intensity of your workout.”

And of course, be sure to checkout Andrew’s Beach Workout on select Saturdays! 

(We will announce these dates on FaceBook!).

Outdoor Exercise Idea #5:  Skating is GREAT!

LiveStrong has a bevy of great outdoor exercises in their article, 10 Outdoor Activities to Help Lose Weight,  But we love how this one rolls: “Inline skating and rollerskating give you a great cardio workout and strengthen your legs and core. Find a long smooth sidewalk nearby for your inline and rollerskating outings and make sure your roller-skates are equipped with outdoor wheels. Skateboarding is a tremendous workout even for beginners. Skateboarding requires a bit more practice and technique but greatly improves your balance.”