Top Tips for Exercising in your Garden

Top Tips for Exercising in the Garden

There are a whole host of benefits to exercising outdoors: the increased wind resistance can help you to burn more calories, spending time in a natural environment can strengthen your immune system, and you'll get a boost of vitamin D. Plus, it's much cheaper than working out in a gym and, if your home has outdoor space, you can get some cardio in without venturing far from your house.

If you're thinking about exercising in your garden this spring and summer, we've put together some tips that will help you to get the most out of it. Read on to find out more. 

Make sure you have a flat, clear space to work with

To reduce the risk of falling over or bumping into anything and ensure that you can get the most out of your workout, you should find a flat, clear space in your garden where you can exercise.

It's vital that you move the likes of kids' toys, garden furniture, and accessories such as barbecues out of the way. Or, better yet, store them away so there's absolutely no risk that they'll encroach on your workouts. If you have a garden shed, you should find it quite easy to clear your space but, if not, it might be worth investing in some garden storage boxes where you can put your clutter, as well as your workout equipment when you've finished using it.

Wyevale Garden Centres offer a selection of practical, weather-proof, and stylish garden storage boxes that are perfect for this. Plus, they offer free UK delivery on orders over £50.

It's unlikely that your garden's patio or lawn is perfect for working out on so, if you know you're going to spend a lot of time exercising outdoors and are happy to make the commitment, investing in some robust gym flooring that's designed for outside use could be a great idea. This will give you a no-slip surface, allowing you to execute every move without fear of falling over. If you would like to go down this route, Gym Flooring Co stocks everything from gym floor tiles to interlocking mats, so you should have no trouble finding exactly what you need.

Invest in some basic equipment

You can do plenty of cardio and bodyweight workouts without equipment, but this is bound to get boring and you're likely to see your results plateau after a while. So, to prevent this from happening, I would recommend investing in some basic equipment that's easy to grab and use whenever you're exercising in your garden.

Dumbbells are incredibly versatile and basic sets tend to be relatively affordable. You should also have a skipping rope in your arsenal, as these are great for when you want to get your heart pumping in a short space of time. A mini trampoline would also be great for this and is bound to make your workouts much more exciting.

Resistance bands are a favourite among personal trainers, as people of all fitness levels can use them. Plus, they're perfect for increasing the difficulty of moves that might have become easier as you've gotten fitter.

You don't need treadmills, exercise bikes, and cross trainers to get a good at-home workout — some simple bits and pieces will be more than enough.

Invite a friend so you're held accountable

When you do most of your exercising at home, it can be very easy to put off a workout until it eventually never happens. One trick for preventing this is to workout with a buddy. You won't want to let them down, so will be far more likely to turn up for training sessions when you've agreed to.

This technique can work for all kinds of workouts, whether you struggle to get to the gym or frequently skip workout classes. A friend will hold you accountable, which should spur you on.

Exercising in your garden can be fun, as well as very convenient. But, there are some things you should do to ensure you get the most out of your workouts. Take our tips on board and you should have the perfect environment, the equipment you need, and someone to hold you accountable so you always show up.

 

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