The Best (and Most Fun) Outdoor Workouts -- How Many Have You Tried?

Research shows that as little as five minutes of exercise in the great outdoors -- that is, exercise done in nature -- improves mental health and reduces stress. Try one of these workouts to burn calories and have some fun (16 Photos)

Hilary Walke on May 24, 2013 at 12:54PM

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The Best (and Most Fun) Outdoor Workouts -- How Many Have You Tried?

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Gardening and Yard Work

Mowing the lawn is a great workout, especially if you force yourself to use an old-school push mover. “This movement is especially great for your chest muscles and triceps,” says Lakatos, plus it gets that heart rate up. When you're gardening you get an even better workout -- it involves bending, twisting, reaching, and pulling -- all exercises that build strength, endurance and flexibility. “Gardening can be hard physical work, so treat it like any other workout,” says Nichols. “Warm yourself up with some light activity for a few minutes and be very focused on your form and alignment. Brace with your abs, lift with your legs and carry loads close to your body, not away from your center.” Working in the yard may inspire you to eat healthier, too. Studies show that people who garden eat more veggies and include a wide variety of them into their diet.

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