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2022-07-16 00:00

Exercises To Do In Your Own Backyard

Physical activity is always important for keeping our minds and bodies in great shape. Everyone wants to be healthy, but it is difficult to find the time to move our bodies. In some cases, we don’t have access to a gym or the necessary equipment. Especially during a pandemic, it is so much harder to work out.

Believe it or not, you don't need a gym membership to work out and the readers of Best Health know this to be true with their essential summer backyard workout guide. You can actually go outside to get fit. Of course, you can go on a walk, but those methods can become repetitive. Going on walks is great, but they are low-intensity workouts, and there are times when you need to push yourself.

The backyard is a perfect space for you to exercise. It is like having a twenty-four-hour gym that you can access at any time without the membership fees. Another added benefit for working out at home is the privacy that you don't have in public spaces.

When starting to work out in your backyard, it is best to start by picking days and a time that works for you. Do you want to work out in the morning when the air is cool, and you can feel good before starting your workday, or would you prefer to work out in the afternoon when it's warmer and perhaps the neighbourhood is livelier?

There are a lot of exercises that can be done at home. Here is a routine that will get your heart beating in no time at all.

Start by doing workouts that don't require equipment. Using your body weight is a great way to build strength and will have you feeling lean in no time. As long as you are wearing appropriate athletic wear such as running shoes, shorts and a comfortable top, these exercises are great for the backyard. Start by doing 3 sets of each exercise with as many repetitions as you can. After each set, wait a minimum of a minute to rest. If you feel you need more than one minute or even less, that is entirely up to you. Some popular workouts for the lower body area include:

Jump Squats

To start, stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Then you will bend your knees and squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor, or go as low as it is comfortable. Then you are going to jump and use your arms for balance. When you land, gently bend your knees and repeat the motion.


With this lower body lunge, start standing with your feet slightly apart. Take a giant step back with your leg while dropping your hips towards the ground until your front leg forms a right angle (90 degrees). For some core and upper body workouts, you can try these.


One of the most popular core exercises is the sit-up. Lie flat on your back with your hands behind your head. Keep your feet flat on the ground but keep your knees up. Lift your torso towards your knee, then lower yourself back down and repeat the movement.

Body Dips

This exercise will have your body feeling toned in no time. Start by putting your hand’s shoulder-width apart on a bench or step. Carefully slide your bottom off the bench, then lower your body towards the ground using your arms to keep your body up. Keep your legs straight and lower your body until your arms create a 90-degree angle. Then bring your body back up and repeat the motion.


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