Today was my first time exercising outside. I decided that instead of going to the gym this morning, that I would try something different and outside my comfort zone. This idea came to me a long while ago but I was always worried about what others would think or say. I noticed that on Instagram and Tumblr, many people were taking their workouts outside. I finally decided to give it a go and see what I would think of it and share with all of you my experience and workout. I woke up around 8am this morning (normal time for me); and decided to skip breakfast because I had a late dinner last night and wasn’t very hungry this morning (normally I always eat breakfast and eat dinner on time). I got changed into some fitness apparel, got my ipod ready to go and brought my phone along to keep up with my workout and steps. To be honest, in Ohio the majority of people do not workout outside; I see some cyclist and runners but other than that, nothing much else (especially in my town). I wasn’t quite sure how to go about my workout this morning or what all I wanted to do because I had nothing planned (it was a spur of the moment idea). Finally after pacing up and down my driveway, I decided I would go for a run and I don’t know my neighborhood all that well but I knew if I just managed to stay on the sidewalk and run in a circle I would somehow end back up at my place of residence (Aka, run around the block). I didn’t do a proper dynamic warm-up so while running, I was fairly slow and breathing fairly hard less than half way home. I haven’t done a long distance run in awhile, but this is something I should do once a day everyday to help my oxidation and learn to keep a steady pace like I have in the past without feeling out of breathe at the end of the run. I ended up running twice around the block, I would say it was probably somewhere between 5-6 miles if not a little bit more than that. The 2nd run, was a bit worse off than the first run but I made both runs around the block without stopping at all.
The second workout was going to be sprints, because I wanted to work on some interval running and speed training. I did 10 200m sprints up and down the sidewalk (luckily with very littler interruption) and this workout was much easier for me to do since I am more anaerobic these days than I am aerobic. I ended my workout with 200 squats. I used my car as a way to measure how low I was getting to the ground to make sure I was going 90 degrees or lower. There was one gentleman that was breaking his neck to watch me do squats. I think he was probably amazed that someone was doing such a workout outside but it didn’t bother me because I was already very amped up and ready to finish my workout. I don’t have much exercise equipment, if any at all; so that is something I am going to invest in so I can have more to do outside. I also enjoyed being outside because I didn’t have to waste gas driving to the gym across town. I will continue to go to the gym but decided when the weather permits I would also add this outside program to my gym program so I can get a good workout in. I plan on experimenting with different workouts outside and possibly, at some point, I may decide to go to a nearby park and workout or expand my running beyond the neighborhood and venture about. Anyways, this is definitely something someone should do at least once if they get the chance because it is a lot different than being inside a gym and you get to utilize things that you normally didn’t think would make for a good workout. Tomorrow I have crossfit class in the morning, so possibly after the class I may decide to do the workout outside again.
If you are someone who works out outside, I would love to hear what exercises you do, what equipment you use if any and how long you workout, where do you workout and if you enjoy it more or less than going to a gym. Also I would be happy to hear why some of you do not like exercising outside. Thank you for reading!
Your Fitness Blogger Shay-lon xoxo