Last week we had TWO days in a row in Charlotte where the temperatures eclipsed 70 degrees. In February! I think the entire city was doing a happy dance and spent as much time outside as humanly possible on Thursday and Friday. (Let’s not talk about the fact that it was back in the 40s and rainy on Saturday, mmmkay?)
There’s something about warmer weather that makes it feel so much easier for me to be active. I love being outside and when I can enjoy some of my favorite outdoor activities like hiking, swimming in the lake, running and long walks around our neighborhood without freezing to death, I’m all about it! Last week’s spring preview got me thinking about exercising outside again and since running long distances and pregnancy do not go hand-in-hand for this girl, I am planning to get a little creative this spring when it comes to taking my workouts outside.
And if this little lady can be included in the fun, that’s all the better!
I’m excited to be partnering with Nike again this month to bring today’s Create Your Own Outdoor Workout your way! Nike sent me the Epic React sneakers to test out before they launched (they’ll be available this Thursday, February 22 – more on that later!) and I thought they’d be a perfect fit for this workout.
It’s the kind of workout to keep on hand for the days when you HAVE to get outside because it’s just too beautiful to stay cooped up inside and the sunshine and blue skies are calling your name. Bonus: It doesn’t require anything other than a pair of sneakers and your bodyweight! I tried my best to make this workout the kind of workout that will keep boredom at bay, so it’s a workout that will keep you on your toes… but in a FUN way.
CREATE YOUR OWN OUTDOOR WORKOUT
To complete the workout, you’ll walk or run outside for five minutes before stopping to choose an exercise from the master list of bodyweight exercises to complete for one minute. Once you’re done, it’s time to walk or run again for another five minutes before pausing to complete a different exercise from the master list of exercises. Repeat this pattern until you’ve made your way through every exercise on the master list! (If you are unfamiliar with any of the exercises listed in this workout, please scroll to the bottom of this post for detailed exercise descriptions.)
Here’s the best part about this workout: You can play around with it a LOT. Don’t have much time? Cut the running or walking down to two minutes instead of five and only complete half of the bodyweight exercises from the master list. Not in the mood to walk or run at all? Complete three rounds of the bodyweight exercises for a quick 18-minute total body workout you can do anywhere!
Also, if you don’t have a fitness watch, there are a ton of interval timer apps you can download that you can set up to keep track of the intervals in this workout for you. If that feels like too much work to set up or a bit of a pain, don’t sweat it and simply run or walk for the duration of one of the awesome songs you’re jamming out to before completing one of the bodyweight exercises.