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5 (Not-Awkward) Exercises to Do Outside

But are just as good of a workout.

By: Noah Lehava
Photography: Alec Kugler

How much better (er, bearable) is a workout when it’s outside in fresh air rather than in the confines of a gym? Even if your gym smells of eucalyptus. The only caveat to getting a sweat on outside (save for running or playing a sport) is that some of the most effective and toning moves are a little, um, awkward to do in front of commuting strangers. Which is where trainer Jill Payne comes inshe put together five butt-kicking (and, obviously, lifting) exercises you won’t be embarrassed to do in public.

Do three to five rounds of 10 reps of each exercise. Focus on how you want to feel and moving how you want to feel. Smile. Practice being on the same team as that inner voice.

 


Move #1

Glute Activations

 

“Sit the hips back and keep the knees directly over the ankles, similar to a deadlift. Come forward, standing all the way up, squeezing the butt tight. Make sure to fully engage the glutes at the top of each rep.”

 


Move #2

Phoebe Joggers

 

“Similar to Phoebe on Friends, casually kick out the legs. At the same time, relax the shoulders, arms, and upper body. Shimmy the shoulders like Phoebe. We hold so much tension in our upper bodies, and this exercise allows that to release and also gets your heart rate up. Make sure to smile and feel free!”

 


Move #3

Ice Skaters

 

“Stand on the outside leg and keep the hips square. Jump to the opposite leg and let the back leg slide behind— similar to ice skating. To increase the difficulty, you can jump higher and further. Push yourself, and increase your energy. Feel powerful.”

 


Move #4

In-and-Out Jumps

 

“Jump the feet hip-width distance apart. But be careful not to go too wide, as it can be straining on the hips. Touch the ground with your fingertips, and keep your spine straight. Jump your feet together, and bring your arms straight overhead.”

 


Move #5

Kick Throughs

 

“Start in plank position on the hands and with your shoulders directly over the wrists. Step the left foot wide of the left hand, and thread the right foot through, opening the chest. Keep the right leg and foot close to the ground, and reach as far forward as you can to increase core engagement. Repeat on the other side.”

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