by Kelsey Fields
It’s my favorite time of year. Sprummer. That perfect mix of spring and summer that never lasts long enough. The sun is shining, birds are singing, trees are blooming, and the temperature is just right. Now is the right time to step away from the gym, and take your workout to the great outdoors.
I’ve compiled some info about my two absolute favorite workouts to do while soaking up some Vitamin D.
Okay so I’m probably going to lose you with the next sentence, but try and stay with me. Doing hill work is my favorite. Now hear me out!
- Charging up a hill naturally gets your on the balls of your feet, causing your lower legs to put in some major work. The result? Calves with definition. Sexy!
- Most people can appreciate a good butt when they see one. I’m not saying that I’m looking, because clearly I wouldn’t do something like that. To avoid the dreaded Mom Butt, AKA flat booty, it takes a lot of work–think ENDLESS squats and lunges. At least when you do hills you get a great view and the scenery changes!
I’m not going to kid you, it is going to be hard. But so is getting your two-year-old to put on pants.
Try this: Head outside and find a decent sized hill.
- Beginner: Speed walk up the hill and then walk down. Repeat five times
- Intermediate: Jog up the hill and then walk down. Repeat ten times.
- Advanced: Sprint up the hill, and walk or jog down. Repeat five times.
I’m pretty sure I won’t have to convince you to do this favorite workout, but here are even more reasons you should hit the trail:
- One hour of hiking can burn as many as 500 calories. Repeat 500 calories. Guess what? You can burn even more if you choose a trail with some challenging HILLS!
- Trails are softer on your joints than asphalt or concrete.
- Hitting trails often decreases blood pressure and cholesterol. According to research, logging cardio in the form of hiking can lower blood pressure by four to 10 points, and reduce the danger of heart disease, diabetes and strokes for those at high-risk.
My trail of choice is located at Roaring River State Park just outside of Cassville, MO. If you have a chance, hike Devil’s Kitchen. You will have two thoughts go through your head on this trail: 1) What was I thinking?–this will hit you right after you get done hiking the steep and long incline at the halfway mark–and 2) Wow, God is good because this view is unreal! See it’s the best workout of both worlds, pain and pleasure!
To find a trail system near you check out http://www.trailfinder.info/.
10 Minute Park Bench Workout
Enjoying the outdoors at the park with your kiddos? All you need is a park bench or ledge for this month’s 10 minute workout! **The higher the ledge or bench is from the ground, the more difficult the move.**
WARNING: The woman you are about to see demonstrating moves is over 40 weeks pregnant (and contrary to popular belief, not a fitness model 😉 ). Do not attempt at home–the going past your due date part. Do the workout over and over!
Kelsey is a stay-at-home mom and full time student pursing a degree in elementary education. She is a Beachbody certified Insanity instructor, avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and is expecting her second son in April.
SWMO Moms fitness category, which is full of healthy tips for all women, is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival. Their mission is to celebrate health and wellness, outdoor adventures and wildlife conservation in the beauty of the Ozarks. Programs are designed to include activities for people of all ages, backgrounds, fitness levels and areas of interest. CLICK HERE for more information or give them a call at 417.873.5214.