How to Turn Your Neighborhood Into an Exercise Machine

How to Turn Your Neighborhood Into an Exercise Machine

There are multiple situations where something like heading to the gym might be the last thing you want to do. 

Traffic jams, a hot day to be inside a building, or something as simple as just wanting to do something fresh. 

And although you may have your own machines for the home such as elliptical machines, treadmills, etc., exercising using your neighborhood at Jackson MS can be quite refreshing and rewarding. 

Just by using a little creativity and imagination anyone can replicate almost any gym exercise at the outside, the possibilities are even higher if your neighborhood posses a park. 

Unlike popular opinion, the exercises performed in this environment can often provide the same results and are as challenging as any gym fitness equipment and any types of machines.

These are some of the benefits of using your neighborhood to exercise:

Enhanced Cardio

Outdoor exercise offers the chance to be physically active thanks to the constantly changing environment. 

With a more challenging terrain, your body will need to work harder in order to sustain an efficient work rate. 

Walking, hiking, or running on a terrain that is uneven will teach your body to adapt to a changing environment allowing your muscles to improve their performance and avoid or make it harder to suffer any injury, something that is harder to achieve in an elliptical machine or similar.

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Natural Resistance

Running or cycling outdoors will involve having to deal with the wind, which can be a good source of natural resistance that will lead you to burn more calories while at the same time activating the larger type II muscle fibers which are in charge of strength and definition.

Family Time

Using your neighborhood to exercise will not only provide you with greater feelings of revitalization as research shows but will also provide you with an opportunity to turn your exercise time into family time. 

Showing your kids that physical activity can be fun is important, going for a hike, riding bikes or playing a sport at the park are just some of the options to be active with your kids or family.

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Now let us provide you with some exercises that you can perform outdoors at your neighborhood.

Explosive Pull-Ups

Look out for a branch or horizontal pole that is high above your head. 

Reach it with a jump from the ground and use your arms to lift your head above the pole or branch and then ease yourself back down.


Hill sprints are a good example of HIIT workouts and can provide a powerful metabolic workout which can lead you to burn a lot of calories in a short period of time. Of course, this exercise depends on whether the hills at your neighborhood can be found or not, yet we are sure that they are not difficult to find in most of the parks or neighborhoods.

Park Bench Push-Up

As the name of this exercise mentions, the only thing you will need for this exercise is a bench preferably with a back. 

By holding the back of the bench using your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, walking feet back some steps in order to let your body form a diagonal line. 

With elbows tucked at your side, lower your torso to the bench, performing a push-up. 

Push up to return to the starting position, keeping your core engaged and hips lifted.

Calf Hops

This can be a fun exercise that offers high-intensity and calories burned. 

Find a tree and stand close to it, raise your hands just above your head and make sure to jump up as much as you can in order to touch the tree at the highest point you can, additionally make sure to stay on your toes the whole time.

Here are other ways to do calf hops

Bench Hops

One more time, all you need is a bench just like the park bench push-up. 

In this case, you will need to just sit on the edge of a bench, then, throwing your arms up as you go, jump in the air as high as you can, and then sit back. 

If you want to make this even harder then lift your leg straight in front of you a few inches off the ground and bend the right knee to sit down briefly on the bench.

Working outdoors can also help you prep for working out in your local gym or home. Start your workout journey by investing in quality exercise machines at Fitness Expo.