Four Ways to Move Your Workout Outdoors

Today's challenge for Saturday, March 5: Take it outside. Turn up the fun on exercise by moving it back into nature.


When you start to think of the treadmill as the “dreadmill,” it’s time for a change of scenery. Exercising in nature provides some added health benefits, like an increase in happiness and energy and a decrease in anxiety and anger. Plus, because it makes your routine more enjoyable, you’re likely to go back for another round of sweaty activity. In addition to heading outside for a walk or run, try these ideas from Ellen Barrett, fitness instructor and Family Circle Health Advisory Board member.

Go for a ride. Saddle up your bicycle to run errands, get to work or just to squeeze in a good workout. And remember that you don’t have to go it alone. Try these ways to make cycling a family affair.

Take a hike. You’ll see beautiful sights and get a killer calorie burn by hitting the trails. Check out some of these family-friendly paths across the country.

Try out a new sport. Still snowy where you are? Go sledding or ice-skating or try snowshoeing. If temperatures have warmed up, shoot some hoops with your kids, play tennis with your hubs or try stand-up paddleboarding with a pal.

Visit your local park. If you’re taking the kids outside to play, you might as well join ’em. Follow these mini do-anywhere routines and you can blast serious calories in just a few minutes.

Sign up for a 5K. There’s nothing more motivating than committing to crossing a finish line (once you’ve plunked down cash to sign up and get there). Find a race in your area, then start increasing your speed on the pavement with this advice.

Family Circle tapped the Partnership for a Healthier America to help bring you this easy—and fun—wellness challenge. Post a National Geographic–worthy picture of an outdoor stroll today, March 5, 2016, on our Facebook pages or Twitter feeds with the hashtag #14DayChallenge and you could win a prize! No purchase necessary. Open to legal U.S. residents, 18+. See rules for complete details.