outdoor workout ideas

Snowshoeing: A Great Outdoor Winter Activity

By | Blog, Cardio Workouts, Lowerbody toning, Uncategorized

Post by Katie C., blog contributor

In a recent post, I mentioned that one of my favorite winter activities is snowshoeing.  Several people expressed an interest in snowshoeing and had some great questions, so here is a more detailed post on this great winter activity that is fun for anyone at any fitness level.

Benefits:  Snowshoeing as a fun way to get outdoors during the winter and get a great total body workout.  As an aerobic exercise, snowshoeing strengthens your heart muscle and increases endurance.  Snowshoeing also works your hip flexors, quads, and calves.  I promise you; even after thirty minutes of snowshoeing you WILL feel this in your legs!  Another benefit of snowshoeing is its high caloric expenditure.  Snowshoeing for one hour at just a moderate speed will burn 400-500 calories.    

Choosing the correct snowshoes:  If you’re going to purchase snowshoes, I highly recommend doing research before or going to a sports store to get advice from an expert.  There are many different types of snowshoes available and each will perform a little differently.   Some things to consider: type of activity (recreational snowshoeing on flat ground vs. backcountry snowshoeing up steep terrain), your weight (including the weight of your backpack if you plan on going on longer excursions), and bindings (you want to make sure that your boot fits well inside the snowshoe and that it’s very easy to tighten and loosen the bindings as needed).  Renting snowshoes is also a great option.  Several REI stores offer snowshoe rentals.

What to wear:  Because snowshoeing is an aerobic activity, you will find yourself getting warm fairly quickly.  It’s best to dress in layers so that you can take them off as needed.  When I snowshoe, I’m often in the woods, so wearing a jacket can be too warm.  Other than that, the gear is simple:  hat, gloves, scarf, and a good comfortable pair of boots (with a few layers of socks underneath). Read More

Outdoor Workout Ideas

By | Behavior Change, bootcamps, NBC Morning Segments, Transformations, Uncategorized

Mary Before Fit Fun Bootcamp

I know there are people from all over the world who read this, but for those of us in the Midwest United States, it has finally gotten warm—with highs getting into the 80’s!  With summer nearing, getting workouts in outside is very desirable.  After a long winter, the fresh air and bright sun are all we need to lift our spirits and brighten our day.

Fit Fun Bootcamps always get very popular in the summer because people just don’t want to be inside any longer.  Today I want to share with you some great exercises you can do outside with a medicine ball.  Medicine balls are one of the most popular tools I use to train my clients because they are very simple, inexpensive ($20-$50 depending on weight), and easy to transport.

Mary after 6 months of Fit Fun BootcampMary has lost a couple of jean sizes and, at the age of 40, is in the best shape of her life.  I am very proud of everything she has done and the extreme intensity she brings to each workout.  She definitely deserves the results.

Please note that this video was filmed a couple of weeks ago.  We have bootcamp every Saturday at 8 AM at Elver Park, which is free for current bootcampers and a $10 drop in for everyone else.  We will be doing another big kickoff in a couple of weeks because the weather was very bad the first time around.

Here is the list of exercises we did with the medicine balls.

-2 ball squats

-2 ball squat jumps

-2 ball high knee running

-Sit-up ball toss

-Med ball slamdowns

What is your favorite medicine ball workout?