Quick 20-Minute Outdoor Workout Ideas for Summer

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During the winter season and sometimes even into early spring, many individuals have no choice but to perform all their fitness workouts indoors. As late spring moves into summer, however, it can be highly satisfying to be able to take one’s workouts outdoors, even if only for twenty short minutes. Following are some outdoor workout ideas:

Sideline sprints. Choose two stationary outdoor points that are roughly twenty-five feet apart. Starting at one point, sprint as fast as you can to the other one, shifting into a lateral lunge and tapping the ground with your leading hand as you switch directions. Sprint back to the other point, repeating for one full minute.

T-stabilization push-up. Starting in plank position with your arms straight and your hands beneath your shoulders, lower into a push-up. As your push your arms back into the starting position, shift all your weight to the outside of your left foot, stack your right foot on top of the left, and stretch your right arm up to the sky. Hold this “t” position for a moment before returning to plank position. Repeat, this time shifting all your weight to the outside of your right foot, stacking your left foot on top of the right, and stretching your left arm up to the sky. Continue for one full minute.

Lateral tuck jumps. Using a discernible mark on the grass or sidewalk, such as a painted line, crack or shadow, stand to one side with legs and feet together. Bend your knees to come down into a subtle squat position before pushing off the ground with explosive force to shift laterally to the other side of the mark. As you move through the air, your knees should be tucked into your chest, and you should land toes first as gently as you can. Continue back and forth for one full minute.

Downward dog to Spiderman plank. Starting in downward dog position, lift your right foot off the ground and bring your knee forward toward your right elbow, shifting your weight into your hands. Put your right foot back down and return to downward dog position, then repeat with your left foot and knee. Continue for one full minute.

Walking single-leg deadlift. Stand with your feet together and your hands on your hips, ensuring a nice, tall posture and straight back. Take a step forward with your right foot, bending your knee slightly, and hinge forward at your hips as you lift your left leg into the air behind you. Return your foot to the ground and then step forward with your left foot, repeating on the opposite side. Continue for one full minute.

Alternating leg raise and toe touch. Lie on your back with your legs straight in front of you. Place your left arm by your side and raise your right arm up overhead. Lift your left foot straight up with reaching your right hand forward to touch your foot. Lower to starting position and repeat twice before switching sides. Continue for one full minute.

Don’t forget, summer is the perfect time to try out some of the hottest outdoor fitness trackers to ensure you are reaching your workout goals!

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