So you don’t have money for your own fitness equipment or you are on the road? No problem – there are plenty of outdoor gyms for you to use. They can be formally set up outdoor gyms, like thousands have been set up in China before the Olympic Games and in cities all over the world.
Miami and Miami Beach for example have invested in great outdoor gyms lately to get their obesity rate down.
Why Use Outdoor Gyms?
I guess the first point is very obvious – you are out in the fresh air doing your exercises. What can be better than that? Another point in favor of outdoor gyms is that they usually don’t have any entrance or membership fee. They are there for you to enjoy for free.
You will meet great people there. Not always the same gym junkies (even though there probably will be a number of them as well), but visitors, travelers, fist timers – all sorts of people dare to give these outdoor gyms a go as they don’t have so much peer pressure like in a normal gym. So they can start to live healthy, exercise, have fun, without the price tag of a gym membership attached to it.
Where To Find Your Outdoor Gyms
But what if you don’t live in Miami, China, or an area that does have professionally designed and equipped outdoor gyms? Nothing to worry about, you can just make up your very own personal outdoor gym.
Or you might have an “old” exercise trail close by. They have been around a long time and give you some props to do do sit ups, push ups or pull ups. Have a look in your local park for this type of outdoor gym.
You can become inventive, creative and see the world around you through “gym” eyes. There is so much around you in the outdoors that you can use as gym equipment, you will be amazed. Once you have started looking at day to day items as possible exercise equipments , the whole world will become your very personal outdoor gym.
I can give you some suggestions here, but please feel free to add your own ideas and creations. I am sure everybody else would like to hear about them down in the comment section as well.
So, let’s get started:
- Use the park bench for triceps dips
- Reclaim the boardwalk / a low step / some bricks to do calf stretches/push ups
- Do you push ups against a low wall or (again) a bench
- Sit on a low wall, a chair at the ice cream parlor or (again?) the park bench, don’t lean against the back part and stretch out both legs and fold them back
OK, I am just running out of ideas so I will have to google a few more for you to keep you going but you get the point, right?
In case you don’t want to solely rely on what your surroundings offer you get yourself a piece of tube rubber that you can take with you in your pocket and start doing exercises any time anywhere.
Other Forms Of Outdoor Gyms
Parkour (or Free Running) might be an extreme version of turning your environment into an outdoor gym. If you want to try this check your area for introductory sessions on Parkour, because it is more an art form than a pure exercise routine.
On the other hand there are more and more (free) courses on offer in parks and public areas like Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, stretching classes – you name it. Councils around the world seem to realize that a bit of investment in sport is the best prevention from an unhealthy, sick society which will cost way more long term than investing in a few trainers to give those free lessons.