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3 Ways to Take Your Workout Outdoors

by Sports Team
31 Jul 2017 | 2:10 PM

Gyms are everywhere now. The convenience that this brings is good news for your health, but really, if there's something that's better for your body, it's to take your workout outside. Some sun and fresh air can boost your mood and help you become more efficient as you exercise. While running and cycling are great cardio workouts, they may not be for everybody.

Below are three interesting outdoor activities you can try to get your heart rate up, those muscles pumping, and the sweat dripping.

1. Playground Workout

Playgrounds aren't just for kids. At your local public park, adults can also get some play time while getting fit. But, you know, just don't start shoving children aside and hogging the place to yourself. Not cool, bro. Never cool.

There's actually quite a lot you can do with all that playground equipment you loved as a child. With a little imagination and some fitness knowledge, you can turn a recreational park into an outdoor gym of sorts. The monkey bars can double as your pull-up bar and dip station, park benches or picnic benches can be your step boxes, and swings can act as suspension trainers (which require no purchase or set-up). Plus, all that open space is optimum for some bear crawls and other quadrupedal movements.

Check out this Playground Mix workout video and this full-body playground workout instructional to get some ideas.

2. Rock Climbing

If nature is your thing and you love getting high, this is the best way to get your kicks. Unlike the common weekend treks and hikes that we're more familiar with, rock climbing will literally bring you face-to-face and chest-to-chest with mountains, crags, and rock faces. Your objective: scale and conquer.

This sport engages your whole body, challenges your spatial analysis and problem-solving skills, and fuels your thirst for adrenaline. In other words, it makes you break into a mental and physical sweat-the good kind, of course.

You'll have to train indoors first as a beginner, but once you've gotten the hang of things and you've gotten a taste of natural limestone walls, you'll never be the same again.

Head on over to Climb Philippines to jumpstart your rock climbing education with the help of local climbers and to get some tips on where and how you could begin your training as a climbing newbie.

3. Dragon Boat Paddling

Your gym may offer rowing machines for your upper body needs, but there's nothing quite like the feel of the wind and the splash of saltwater on your face with every pull of the paddle. Together with the teamwork and camaraderie you'll form with the 19 other paddlers on your boat, indoor rowing just can't compare to the experience of dragon boat paddling.

Dragon boat paddling will put your strength and endurance to the test, and whip you into beastly shape in no time. It can be competitive and may seem pretty extreme, but it's also incredibly fun and rewarding. So if you ask us, we say, "Sagwan lang, kapatid!"

Ready to give the sport a try? Visit DragonBoat.PH and the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation website for more helpful info.

After engaging in any of these exciting activities, it's important that you still look and feel fresh. Bring extra clothes in breathable fabrics for changing, clean towels to wipe the sweat off your face and body, and drink lots of water to replenish your fluids. Also, make sure to use a deodorant or an antiperspirant as the days