It’s a small window, but outside training in the crisp and cool fall air is my favorite kind of workout. I recently teamed up with lululemon Chicago to highlight some favorite outdoor strength & cardio routines that I’m currently implementing into my workouts.
There’s only about a month until the elements force most fitness activities inside – the second half of October and the first part of November. Although, with the warm weather we’ve been having in Chicago as of late, It looks like we might get a few more weeks of outdoor activities this year! While it’s a bit dangerous, the occasional snow-run is a favorite of mine as well (anyone else love running in the rain, or is that just me?)!
I get a hamstring and quad stretch in before starting my calisthenics, but the warm-up doubles as a stretch as you’re getting your heart rate up. There’s no equipment necessary, besides a jump rope if you have it. And a jump rope is a great investment to make, especially if you travel quite a bit – like me. It’s lightweight and takes up practically no room in your suitcase. Here’s an example of a typical cardio warm-up that I enjoy doing outside before getting a lift in.
Box Jumps – 3×20
Mountain Climbers – 3×1:00
Lunge – 3×20
Butt-kicks – 3:1:100
Lateral Bounds – 3×1:100
Jump Rope – 3×2:00
I tend to overheat while training outside, even in the colder temperatures, so I usually am good with two light layers and shorts. I’m rocking Lulu’s 5 Year Basic Tee under their Metal Vent 1/2 Zip, and it was the perfect amount of layers for me. What I love about (most all) Lulu products is that they weave their Silverescent Technology into most garments. It stunts the growth of odor-causing bacteria on your workout clothes so your clothes can stay fresher, longer!
I’m going to be building out the fitness section of the blog in the coming weeks and would love to hear what yall are interested in learning more about. Be sure to let me know!
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