• Jump rope is fun if you do it with the neighborhood kids. Tie a couple of jump ropes together and get everyone to participate, singing all those old jump rope rhymes. You can make it a regular weekly neighborhood event.
• Badminton seems like such a lame game, but really is a great workout when played aggressively, one-on-one, chasing, diving for and hitting that little bird around. And let’s not forget all the laughing when you think how silly you must look playing Badminton XXX.
• Hula hoops! Hooping has made a comeback and gives a great core and cardio workout. I can only imagine what my neighbors must think when they see me walking around my yard with a twirling hoop hanging off my waist, arms or neck, attempting (and often failing) to do all those tricks you can’t do during the winter in a house with low ceilings! I often use hooping as part of an exercise program for my clients who have a good workout as well as a good time.
What outdoor cardio workouts do YOU like? Send in your favorite ideas via the comments section belowand we’ll share them in the next newsletter.
Dawn Boulay is the author of this article about outdoor cardio workouts. Dawn Boulay has been a Home Bodies personal trainer for over 10 years. She is also a personal chef! See her bio here.