Summer is finally here. And with it comes later sunsets and warmer evenings – the perfect set-up for outdoor after-work workouts. Instead of heading to the gym, grab a friend for one of these eight outdoor workout ideas. We promise you’ll feel happier and healthier.
- Hit the Stairs. Running (or even walking) stairs is a great way to get in a quick, effective workout. And Seattle has plenty of vertical options to choose from. Our personal favorite is the Howe Street Stairs – 13 continuous flights that are sure to give you a heart-pounding, sweat-pouring workout.
- Sign Up for a 5K. There’s nothing like an impending race date to motivate you to run regularly. So consider signing up for a local 5K. In fact, rally your friends to sign up as well and you can all train together.
- Train for a Triathlon. For many, the word “triathlon” is scary. It’s an event only suited for super athletes and “iron people.” Not true. Because even mere mortals can finish a sprint triathlon. The shorter distances make it possible for moderately active people to train for the race in as little as eight weeks. Challenge yourself and sign up for one!
- Go on a Hike. You don’t need to travel far to find excellent hiking trails in the Northwest. Get a group or the full family together and plan a day-hike for an outing in the great outdoors.
- Rent a Kayak. Seattle-area lakes are the perfect playground for beginner kayakers. The water is calm and the views are stunning. Rent a kayak for an hour or two at one of the many nearby vendors and hit the water for afternoon adventure.
- Join a Sports League. If running or biking solo isn’t your thing, consider joining a local intramural sports league, such as a summer volleyball team. It’s a great way to meet new people, stay active and have fun.
- Sign Up for a Bike Race. There’s nothing more thrilling than a good bike race. If you’re ready to elevate your cycling skills, sign up and start training for one of the many races in the Northwest. By mixing in hills, interval training and endurance rides, you’ll be in tip-top summer shape.
- Start Biking to Work. If a race is a bit out of your league, think about incorporating a bike ride into your daily routine. If you live close enough to the office, you can combine your commute and workout, as well as enjoy the summer weather.
What are your favorite activities for staying in shape during the summer months? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!