July in Central Florida can be tricky for those of us who like to get in our workouts al fresco. Between the scorching sun and dealing with our state’s often unidentifiable wildlife, there are plenty of excuses to miss a workout. But, early mornings and later evenings make the perfect time to get outside and get your sweat on, and there are many easy, equipment-free exercises we can leverage for all of the results and none of the sunburn! Here’s three:
Perform a push-up on an incline by using a park bench or picnic table; elevated surfaces scale the push-up, so it’s less demanding on the body. During this exercise, remember to keep your body rigid from your shoulders down to your heels.
Position your feet shoulder-width apart, and make sure most of the weight rests in your heels. Use your hands as a counterbalance while you bend your knees; in a controlled manner, lower yourself down until your backside touches the bench or chair behind you. Slowly, push through your heels to stand back up.
Place both hands on your tummy; breathe in, and feel it grow larger. When you exhale, you’ll feel your stomach contract. Another way to practice Diaphragmatic Breathing is breathing in through your nose for four seconds and breathing out your mouth for eight seconds.
For more outdoor exercise ideas, schedule a consultation with a Personal Trainer by visiting the Member Services desk.
This blog post appeared originally on crosbywellnesscenter.org.