We don’t need science to tell us that getting outdoors is good for us. We can feel it in our mind, body and soul. Sunrise, bird song, gentle breezes, swaying trees… Mother Nature effortlessly captures us and lulls us into a sense of wellbeing.
But if you want the science (and we know you do), it’s called ‘soft fascination’. Peaceful settings such as the park or the beach can improve brain health and have restorative effects on the body, studies have confirmed. Simply being present in these places can boost your focus and slash your stress levels.
Bring exercise into the mix and you’ll pump up these benefits, along with a higher metabolism, muscle-sculpting and fat-burning power. These 6 do-anywhere functional exercises will target every inch of your body.
Warm the body and find your rhythm with this plyometric power move. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity – you’ll engage the whole body with this one exercise.
The butt-sculptor of bodyweight exercises: lateral lunges target the glute muscles and help you build a stronger, firmer behind. Here’s how to do them:
Make sure you perform every push-up properly – no half-pushes to finish faster!
What could be a better outdoor functional exercise than unleashing your inner grizzly? This one’s probably best done on a softer surface, like grass or sand.
Wherever you are, there’s bound to be a wall somewhere outdoors. Sculpt your hips, thighs, calves, glutes and abs in this one simple-yet-effective move.
Squats are the ultimate bodyweight exercise. Throw in a jump for some added cardio and you’ve got a sure-fire sculptor.