Are you tired of going to the gym and are looking for other ways to get fit? Try moving your workouts outdoors. According to a study of older adults, those who exercised outside exercised longer and more often than those who worked out indoors. Moreover, there are many health benefits of exercising outdoors—apart from getting enough Vitamin D3 from the sun, being out in nature can also improve your mood and boost your self-esteem. Although going for a jog or a run in your neighborhood may seem like the obvious choices, another way to get some exercise outdoors is to create a gym in your garden. All it takes is a few pieces of exercise equipment and a bit of creativity to turn your space into your very own fitness center. Here are some tips on how to turn your garden into a fun outdoor gym.
Lay down some ground cover
Exercising on the soft ground or hard concrete can be difficult especially when you’re lifting weights or doing body weight exercises. Lay down some rubber mats, artificial grass, or any other non-slip ground covering to help improve your performance while you’re working out. Store dumbbells and exercise balls nearby so you can keep working out without having to run indoors to get your equipment.
Have a separate area for yoga, meditation, or cooling down
Designate a separate space in your garden for yoga, meditation, or cooling down. If you have an outdoor wall or freestanding water fountain, then the space surrounding the water feature can be the perfect place for your meditation spot. Lay down rubber mats and a yoga rug to cushion your body from the hard ground and play some soothing music while you’re meditating or doing yoga poses. You can also use this spot to do core exercises or any other workout that doesn’t need any equipment.
Make a DIY obstacle course
If you want to encourage your family to workout with you outdoors, try making a DIY obstacle course in the garden. Older kids will love an obstacle course modeled after the hit show “American Ninja,” so get out the power tools and get creative! Try using materials that you already have such as old rubber tires, tree trunks, and wooden pallets.
Create an outdoor climbing wall
Wall climbing is a great way to strengthen and tone your muscles. Instead of going to the gym, create an outdoor climbing wall in your garden. You can do it yourself if you want to save money, but having a professional build the wall for you may be better if you’re concerned about safety. Build the climbing wall in a roofed area of your garden so it doesn’t get wet, and don’t forget to lay down some type of floor covering to cushion falls such as rubber mats and mattresses.
Exercising outdoors is one of the best ways to get fit. Try any of these tips to create your very own fitness hub in the garden today.