As I mentioned a little while ago, this summer I’m trying to take my workouts outside. Whether it’s just a run or a walk or a boot camp, it’s just a nice change of scenery to be outside rather than in a stuffy gym. On top of that, there are so many things that can keep your mind occupied while working out, which decreased the chances of becoming bored and quitting early 😉
These are some of my favorite parts of outdoor workouts:
- People watching is awesome
- You can work on your tan
- Forces you to get creative
- Fresh air
- Pretty scenery
- Hills and stairs help with training
Last week, the weather was so hot and humid that my plans for a long (for me) run went out the window shortly into the run. I did manage to do 3 miles, but they weren’t pretty. Since I still had some gas in the tank and was in a mood to push myself, I went to a nearby park and used various pieces of equipment (stairs and benches) there to help give me a butt kicking finisher workout! Note: if you don’t want to run first, I’d do the bootcamp part of the workout 3 or 4 times through for a full body workout.
After doing 10 sets of these:
(they’re steeper than they look!)
I felt like this:
I’ve thought of some other creative ways to incorporate the stairs into my workout, so that makes me excited to get out there again. I did this on Monday:
- 1 stair run, 10 burpees
- 2 stair runs, 9 burpees
- 3 stair runs, 8 burpees
- etc. until you do 10 stair runs, but instead of doing 1 burpee, do 10 😉
So, the moral of this post is: go find a set of stairs and make them your b*tch! (ok, that was aggressive, but you know what I mean 😉 ).
Questions for you: Does anyone else get motivation to workout when they’re introduced to something new or figure out something new?? What’s your favorite outdoor piece of equipment?
6 thoughts on “Wednesday Workout: Run the stairs!”
I love to find a “good” set of stairs when I’m running – always a fun thing to add in a time or 44!!!
it is!! I don’t know about 44 repeats, though- I’d be DEAD!!
Hi Nick, Your workout sounds pretty intense for an old gal like me!!! However, I loved your reasons for working out outside–my favorite piece of equipment for outside exercise is definitely any source of water–love the pool, lake, beach–frolicking in the waves is the BEST!! Mom
It was intense, but you could always walk the stairs and modify the other exercises!! And yes, water activities are a great way to workout 🙂