There are many benefits to having a home gym, and for many men, a home workout is a rewarding one that they can easily fit into their routine.
However, you can take this one step further by utilizing your outside space for an effective workout, too. Working out in your garden allows you to escape the indoors and get access to fresh air and a healthy dose of Vitamin D while concentrating on your exercise training.
If you have an extensive garden, it’s also the ideal workout spot if you don’t have any room indoors for equipment or movement.
So how can you ensure an effective workout in your garden?
Find a Point of Shade
If you don’t have one naturally, then it’s a good idea to set up a covered area or use an awning to supply some shade in your exercise spot. When working out, especially high-intensity, you don’t want to be contending with bright and direct sunlight, which can leave you dehydrated.
Working out in the shade on a sunny day will be much safer and more effective.
Keep Your Garden Clean, Maintained and Clutter-Free
To make the most out of your workout space, you need to make sure the ground you’re standing on is flat, tended, and free of clutter. So, if you’re planning on using grass for your workout, make sure it’s cut down and tended to. This can be a lot easier and quicker to do by using zero turn riding lawn mowers. Likewise, if working out on decking or stone, make sure it’s even ground and clean, as well as there being no trip hazards you need to worry about.
Use What’s Around You
You might not need to invest a lot in gym equipment if you can make sure of what your garden already has. This is a great, free and easy way to be creative when it comes to your workout. For example, if you have steps in your garden, use these for a good step cardio workout. If your garden has heavy plant pots or decorative stones, why not use these as weights to lift? You can also use furniture items to do pushups against.
Not only that, but gardening in itself can be a great workout. Weeding and raking means you’re moving on your feet and using your upper body strength.
Get a Trampoline
Trampolines are commonplace in a lot of gardens these days because they’re fun and useable. They can also be great for a workout as well as recreational use, which means the perfect garden addition.
It doesn’t have to be a huge trampoline — just anything which can get you moving. Jumping on a trampoline is a great all-body, low-impact workout which can also help to improve your balance.
If you’re keen to have a dedicated fitness routine but you hate the thought of being stuck inside a gym or taking an outdoor jog, an at-home workout in the privacy of your own garden can be a great solution.