Kickstarting your summer fitness at home or in the park

Kickstarting your summer fitness at home or in the park


A full-body workout plan for the summer

With the changing weather and school year coming to an end, it’s time to get up, get outside, and get active.

This is a full-body workout plan that you can do in a park or the comfort of your home. You’ll save money not paying for that gym membership and kickstart your fitness in the process.

To get the best workout, run through the workout three times, doing 10 repetitions of each exercise. If you want to push yourself, you can do as many reps as possible—running through the workout one to two times.

Step-ups

You can do these up onto a park bench, or a set of stairs.

Squats

You can do these just with your body weight or, if you want to add more weight to these, you can use something heavy from home.

Lunges

Same idea as the squats—use your own body weight or hold something heavy in each hand.

Jumping jacks

No weights here! If you want to change it up, however, you can try skipping rope too.

Park bench dips

A chair at home will also work or use a staircase.

Push-ups

If you want to make these easier, you can try them from your knees, or raised on a park bench or stairs.

High-knees

While running in place, get your knees up in line with your hips.

Plank

Try and hold the plank for a minimum of 30 seconds or as long as you can possibly hold it.

Side plank

Change up your regular plank routine with the side plank. Hold for 30 seconds or as long as you can.

Sit-ups

Make sure you sit all the way up, keeping your arms crossed on your chest.

If you are looking for more comprehensive details on how to do these exercises, there are tons of YouTube videos that walk you through the movements.

To really kickstart your summer fitness, try to do this workout at least three times a week. It is also a good workout to run through once at the end of a run if you’re feeling ambitious.

If you have any health concerns, please talk to a doctor before embarking on your fitness journey.

Image by Kylie Armishaw/The Ontarion.