Saturday, 2 July 2011

Take Your Cardio Outside This Summer

No one likes to look at the same thing day after day, (unless its that semi dorky but totally hot dude that works in the store across from you but is totally to young)... So why not take a breath of fresh air and head out on the scenic route of burning calories this summer instead of staring at the wall or the sweaty butt in front of you at the gym?

Where I live it rains most of the year so when the sun comes out we better take advantage of it! Running outside is a great work out because unlike a tread mill the ground is uneven.  Because you don't have a belt moving under your feet you need to push yourself forward which makes more of an impact and its harder.  This helps with toning and firming those muscles you may not work while on a tread mill.

Training for a race?  Or maybe you want to beat your speed on a timed run?  Running uphill can help improve your speed and it builds stamina so you can beat your goal.  It also burns more calories since its harder to run uphill then it is to run flat ground.  You will really work your calves, glutes, hamstrings and quads.  Basically this means you'll have a sexy bottom half!

For a person weighing around 150 who would go for a 20 min run at a moderate pace you could burn over 200 calories in just 20 mins! Even if you can’t run for 20 mins straight, trade it up, run for 3 mins walk for 2.  Walking at a fast pace can burn 100 Calories in 20 mins. A girl I know started running 2 weeks ago.  So far she's lost 13 pounds!  Feeling bored this afternoon?  Take it outside!


  1. I was just going to comment on how I'll make sure to get out and enjoy the weather here while it lasts ... but now it's raining!
    But you're def right! Running outside sure beats the treadmill any day!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! Hope you're having a great weekend.
    All the best,
    A Spicy Boy, A Cat, and My Fat Ass

  3. Amazing post!!! Newest follower from thinspiration Sunday!!

    Karma Kristin

  4. :) Thanks for the mention. We should set a date and go together!

  5. far starting out with running the couch to 5k program is great.
    I was never a "runner" until i started c25k!