If you’ve been working out indoors for the past few months, the summer months are here to give you a delightful reprieve. It’s time to get out into your backyard and reap the benefits of exercising in the fresh air. You don’t even need any specialized equipment to get a great workout!
15 Backyard Exercises For The Summer
1. Wall Sit
- Lean back against the wall with your torso, with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Then press back and slide down the wall until your thighs are parallel with the ground.
- Your knees should be above your ankles and bent at right angles. Keep your head, shoulders, and upper back against the wall and hold the position.
2. Side Steps
- Stand next to a step, log, or flat rock, right side facing in.
- Hold arms out to sides at shoulder height and bend elbows 90 degrees. Palms should face forward.
- Step up to the chosen surface with the right foot.
- Brace your core and draw your left knee to your right elbow to do a standing crunch. Focus on drawing the knee up rather than the elbow down. Return to starting position.
3. Bench Incline Pushup
- Stand facing a park bench and place your hands on the seat. Walk your feet out behind you until your legs are fully extended.
- Bend your arms and lower chest toward the bench and do a push-up.
- Repeat 10 -20 times.
- Find a curb or fallen tree with a smooth surface that is at least six feet long.
- Raise arms out to the sides and walk across the “tightrope” for at least six feet or until the end.
- Turn on the balls of your feet and walk in the opposite direction.
5. Hanging Crunch
- Hang from a sturdy and low tree branch, monkey bars, or any other elevated handhold, palms facing forward.
- Keeping arms fully extended, exhale, bend your knees, and bring them towards your abs.
- Inhale and return to starting position in one slow and controlled movement.
6. Rock Jumps
- Place four to six small rocks in a zigzag pattern with about 1 ½ feet between each rock.
- Keep your feet together and hop to the outside of each rock.
- Turn around when you reach the end.
- Clear a space in your yard or use a basketball court.
- Run as quickly as you can from one point to the other.