Time To Get Active!
Summer is just around the corner and it’s that perfect time to get outdoors and get fit! You don’t need to go far either. No gym required. No park required. Just your very own backyard!
It’s becoming extremely popular to find fitness programs and apps that allows us to exercise anywhere and anytime. Instead of wasting time commuting to your fitness class or paying for a gym membership that is hardly used (lets face it! This is so true). Why not exercise in your very own backyard?!
To celebrate the sunshine and this beautiful outdoor weather, this blog will give you some tips and hacks on how you can kick start your fitness goals right here in your very own back yard!
Keep reading to see how you can get fit in your backyard.
Use what you have!
We sometimes forget about the resources that we already have! That all we really need to do is look right here in our very own back yard for a simple fitness solution.
Observe your surroundings, what do you have that you could use to exercise with? Do you have a decking bench that you could do triceps dips on? A pool to do warm up laps in? A large area to do quick jogs around? A trampoline to jump on for a full body work out?
Work out essentials:
Have you got the basics covered? Here’s a quick and simple list of some exercise equipment to further enhance your workouts in your very own backyard:
– Good training shoes
– Skipping Rope
– Resistance Bands
– Yoga Mat
– Weights if necessary
What type of exercises?
Whether you want to lose weight, just wanting a good stretch, improve your strength training or increase your stamina through cardio. There are thousands of exercises for you to explore that is possible to do in your own backyard. Finding 30 minutes a day to exercise is one of the most important ways of keeping your body at a healthy weight.
Not only is exercising great for your body, it helps with our mental state too. Exercising stimulates various brain chemicals (endorphins) that will leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Creating a habit to exercise regularly can help boost your confidence and improve your mental strength.
Depending on the level of your fitness, finding the level of intensity that you are comfortable in and also enjoy will help you achieve your fitness goals. You can measure the intensity of a given exercise by using your heart rate. By rule of thumb generally for low intensity exercises, you use approximately between 40 and 50 percent of your maximum heart rate and around 70 to 85 percent for high intensity exercises.
Below is a brief list of types of exercises with different levels of intensity:
– Tai Chi
– Mountain Climbers
– Push Ups
– Triceps Dips
– Star Jumps
Need more motivation?
These days we have something called YouTube and fitness apps to keep us more motivated and on track with our exercise goals. There are so many programs out there that you can do in the comfort of your own home. All you need is wifi and you are good to go! Keep reading for our top 5 fitness apps!
Blogilates: A all rounder app perfect for all fitness levels. From low intensity work outs to heart pumping moves. This app gives you specifically planned exercise routines everyday so that you won’t get bored. Plus you get healthy meal plans and a forum to speak to those wanting the same fitness goals.
Sweat by Kayla Itsines: If you haven’t heard of this, you must have been living under a fitness rock. The 7 minute circuits have helped women all around the world to achieve their bikini body. Although it requires a monthly subscription, you are ultimately investing in your very own personal trainer and nutritionist available in your very own pocket. The work outs are super appropriate for home work outs too.
Fitness Blender: This app provides free full length workout videos, workout routines and healthy recipes to keep you on track. This app can be used for both men and women, with frequent “couple” work outs for you to try with your loved ones. Like the other apps it also provides achievable backyard work outs.
Headspace: This app is perfect for low intensity work outs, for those days when you require some alone time under the deck. This app has been proven to help reduce stress, focus more and even sleep better.
Myfitness Pal: This is a free online calorie counter and diet plan. It literally as every type of food or drink you can think of, the database is endless. If you are looking to keep track of your daily nutritional intake, this free app works as a magical food planner with awesome recipes you can create and enjoy in your back yard.
We hope you enjoyed this blog! See! It is very possible to improve your fitness in your very own back yard.
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