Tuesday Training: Hitting the Trails! Total Body Trail Workout
Finally! After a cold winter, the temps are warm enough where I live to train and play outdoors. Once the temperature hits the 60’s, I could seriously stay outside all day. I hate being couped up inside all winter so this nice spring weather is like a breath of fresh air for me 🙂
One of my favorite things about the warmer temps is that I get to lace up my shoes, grab my dog and hit the trails. I am not a runner and can think of pretty much anything I’d rather be doing than running. However, as much as I hate to run, I adore hiking and trail running. I don’t know if it’s being in the beautiful woods or if it’s the challenging terrain, but I mostly think it’s because I’ve always been a nature/outdoors-y girl and trail running is a way I can spend some time enjoying God’s beautiful artistry.
If you haven’t taken advantage of your local state park trails, I encourage you to give them a try. Not only are you getting a good workout, but there are so many health benefits to being outside. Numerous studies show that exercising outdoors actually increases the gains of your workout compared to exercising indoors!
Another bit of research I found very interesting was that being in nature most powerfully nurtures us when we are at the most “at risk” of disease, depression or desperation. So cool!
Now back to today’s workout: I get bored doing the same things twice, so I’m always looking for new ways to get a great workout out on the trail. My favorite thing to do out on the trails are to run or briskly walk for a few minutes (about 5 minutes) until I find a log or big rock. Once I get to a good log or rock, I’ll stop and do some body weight exercises. Then I keep running or walking for another 5 or so minutes until I find another good rock or log. I keep alternating from running or walking and doing an exercise. Also, whenever I get to a hill, I sprint up it, as fast as I can. I jog back down and repeat a few times. This gets the heart pumping and the legs burning. It’s an amazing workout!
Follow along with me on my favorite trail exercises. If you can incorporate these throughout your next hike, you’ll get a full total body workout! This is a great way to burn a lot of extra calories, shed more fat and get those muscles burning!