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Park Workouts 101: All the Basics You Need to Know

When it comes to fitness, there are a ton of options out there. You can join a gym, hire a personal trainer, or even just work out in your own home. But if you're looking for something different and want to get outside while still being able to change up your routine from time to time, park workouts could be the perfect solution. In this article, we will discuss all the basic things you need to know about park workouts to reap the benefits of these outdoor exercise routines no matter where you live.

Park Workouts 101: All the Basics You Need to Know

Overview

Understanding how the body works with park workouts is the most important part of getting into them. You must understand what your limits are and be able to push beyond them without hurting yourself for this to work out well. If you don't know where those limits lie, then start by working on cardio at first and build strength as you go along. The more exercise experience one has, the easier it will become to do park workouts because they'll already have a good idea about their strengths and weaknesses when training outside or somewhere new.


Get used to all sorts of equipment such as different benches, bars, and many more. If possible try weightlifting or squatting alternatives such as using sandbags or water jugs instead of weights. This will help you to get more creative and get a better grip on how much weight your body can handle.


Be careful with any equipment that gives only one point of contacts, such as parallel bars or sawhorses, if they're not stable enough, it's easy to fall off them. Make sure that the surface is even and won't cause injuries when exercising on bare feet, because there may be stones or other objects lying around on the ground. Also, watch out for poisonous plants like poison ivy while climbing trees.


Benefits of Park Workouts

You will be able to achieve several benefits for your body by just going outside and exercising. Here are some:

  • The first one is that you'll build up stamina with all the running around or interval training.

  • There's also the cardiovascular benefit since most parks have free access to open fields which allow more than enough space for sprinting and jumping until you feel like throwing up (a good sign).

  • You can't forget about strength building as well because it's very easy here where weights aren't required, instead, use some heavy rocks or logs lying on the ground if available.

  • There's also a social aspect of it which is great to have in this hectic world where everyone needs someone or something to talk about other than work and school-related stuff all day long. Doing park workouts allows you to meet people who are into fitness as well while having fun at the same time. Maybe even make some new friends along the way since these exercises also help strengthen relationships with others too.

Creating a community around your passion for health is always helpful when trying to stay motivated especially if you're working out alone most times without anyone else present by your side. It will be that much easier knowing that you must keep going no matter what happens because they depend on it just like how they rely on you.


Important Factors To Consider

Working out at the park is a great way to get outside and take advantage of all that nature has to offer. The fresh air, beautiful views, and friendly atmosphere are all perfect for getting your blood pumping while enjoying every minute of your workout. There are most important factors when working out in the park, here are five things you should consider before hitting up any outdoor gym:


  • Make sure it's safe.

Check with local authorities to ensure that no serious injuries have occurred at this location or if there have been any recent accidents. It may not be worth risking injury just for a good workout. If there aren't any parks near you, try doing exercises indoors instead.


  • Bring water.

Staying hydrated is key to making it through any workout. If you are doing a long one, pack some snacks as well so that you can snack on them throughout the day to keep your energy up. You should also bring everything you need for after-workout care such as bandages or an ace wrap if needed.


  • Wear workout clothing that is appropriate for the activity.

Wear workout clothing that is appropriate for the activity. If you're exercising outdoors, make sure you don't overdress or underdress by bringing along layers of clothing depending on how much time you plan to spend outside during different parts of the day. Be prepared for weather changes as well if there is a chance of rain take an umbrella.


  • Obey all posted rules and regulations for the park.

This may include abiding by specific hours of operation, permitting times for certain activities, pet restrictions, or other safety guidelines like leash laws. If there are any obstacles in your way do not attempt to remove them yourself. Many parks have signs that state “do not remove” items such as boulders or playground equipment so leave it alone, just go around it. Be aware of different activity levels within the park at one time including children playing on swing sets and people walking their dogs off-leash near water sources where wildlife is present. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash and keep an eye out for wildlife such as snakes or nesting animals.


If you're looking for a new way to get your workouts in, but don't have time or access to a gym, park workouts may be just the thing. With all of the benefits that come with outdoor exercise and plenty of options available at your local parks, it's hard not to see how checking out one of these free workouts could improve your fitness level as well as help you save money.  If you have any questions or want help finding a great spot for a workout in the area, give us a call today.





Concord, California has so many amazing parks to check out.  Here’s a brief list you should stop by on your next visit:

  • Newhall Community Park

  • Concord Community Park

  • Ygnacio Valley Park

  • Hillcrest Community Park

  • Markham Nature Area

  • Len Hester Park

  • Meadow Homes Park

  • Highlands Park

  • Ellis Lake Park

All of these wonderful parks are located just a short car ride away from our convenient location in Dublin, California on Sierra Lane.