Re-resolution: Working Out Outside

Re-resolution: Working Out Outside

Fall off the fitness wagon? Don’t worry — here’s how you get back on.


By: Madeline Glasser

Starting an exercise routine and getting in shape often tops the list of New Year’s resolutions, but this classic resolution is (perhaps ironically) often most difficult to start when it’s cold and dreary.

Sure, you could head to the gym in the five minutes (or less) of free time you have every day. Or, come spring, you could take your workout outside when the sun is shining and a breeze is blowing.

Hopefully you’ve been diligent with your resolution this year; but just incase your workout routine has lapsed a bit since January, this workout will not only take you outdoors, it’ll leave you breathless and one step closer to making your resolution a reality.

This circuit should be repeated three to four times for a full workout. (Circuit training is performing each move right after the other with two to three minutes rest between sets.) This particular workout requires no equipment other than your own body and the street in front of your house or in your driveway.

Re-resolution Workout
After warming up, complete this circuit three to four times.

400-meter run
10 push-ups
10 squats
10 tricep dips
10 walking lunges
Plank (a minute)
Rest (2-3 minutes)

1. 400-meter Run
This 400-meter run can be done on the street in front of your house or around the block. Four hundred meters is approximately a quarter mile. You want to run this as fast as you can to increase your heart rate and begin torching calories.

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2. Push-ups
Start in a plank position with your hands shoulder-width apart, placed directly under your shoulders. Feet should be hip-width apart extended behind you.

In this position, your back should be straight and your eyes looking down. Begin to lower your body by bending your arms so your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Push back up to start. You can modify this move by dropping down to your knees or doing them against a wall.

3. Squats
Begin by standing straight with your feet a little wider than hip-distance apart. Bending from your knees, lean back as if you were sitting in a chair. Be sure to keep your chest and shoulders upright and your back straight. While keeping your core muscles engaged, push through your heels and return to standing.

4. Tricep Dips
To do a tricep dip, face away from a chair, bench or short table and place your hands shoulder-distance apart. Bend your knees and plant your feet about hip-distance apart. Lower yourself until your elbows are at about a 90-degree angle, keeping your back as close to the object as possible. Slowly straighten your arms, returning your body to the start position.

5. Walking Lunges
Begin with your feet hip-distance apart. Lunge your right leg forward and lower yourself until your both knees form 90-degree angles. Be sure to keep your right knee directly over your ankle and your core engaged. Push through your right heel while bringing your left leg forward into your next lunge.

6. Plank
Start in a high plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders. Keep your abs tight and your tailbone tucked under. Imagine a straight line extending from your head to your heels. If you want to make it harder, you can lower your forearms to the ground with your palms against the ground and your elbows directly under your shoulders.

Circuit training helps boost metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day, and this one is no different. It combines strength toning and cardio to deliver maximum benefits in the shortest amount of time — a win-win for any time-strapped people looking to cash in on their resolution!



Madeline is the author of the Food, Fitness, and Family blog where she writes about yummy eats, sweaty workouts and life as a family of three — soon to be four! She is an Army wife dedicated to finding balance between kale and cake pops while raising her growing family.

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