Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Come with me...

The main thing that keeps training interesting and fun for me is variety. I can follow the same weight training program for several weeks without getting bored, but if I don't mix up my cardio, it soon becomes a dull, miserable experience. Injuries aside, I can happily walk, run, and cycle, or do any one of hundreds of gym or home workout combinations, as long as I'm not repeating the same thing over and over.

One of my favourite types of cardio is an outdoor "boot camp" style session. There are endless variations and combinations of exercises, and the scenery can be different too, if you want to vary the location. I've blogged about some of my outdoor workouts before, but today I thought I'd take you on a little tour of where I like to train. Follow me!

Excuse the less than panoramic shots - I only had my telezoom lens with me (because I was planning on doing some wildlife-spotting) so it's kind of tricky to fit some things in. Note to self: Use the wide angle next time.

I might start with a warm up jog alongside the creek at the end of our street...



That brings me out at the bridge on the "main" road (nothing main about it, there's hardly any traffic), which I cross to bring me to the park. There's no proper sports ground, just a grassy oval for the local kids to kick a ball around or play a game of tippety-run. Also perfect for me to do sprints across, do pushups or crunches on the soft grass and so on...



This path runs all the way around the oval, so it's handy for jogging or walking intervals, walking lunges, side shuffles or whatever else I fancy...



These rustic seats are conveniently placed for step-ups, elevated pushups, tricep dips and other such fun. The bit of shade is welcome too...



The playground is disappointingly rudimentary, but I can still throw a band around a pole and do rows, tri extensions, lat pulldowns or high biceps curls....



If I want to go further afield, I follow this path which continues along the creek towards the wetlands. There's a handy little slope for doing hill sprints, just out of sight...



At the top of the hill is this lookout area. It's nice and flat, and I'll often do some walking lunges and X-band walks back and forth here while enjoying the view. The steps are handy for Bulgarian split squats, or for jumping up with feet together (thank goodness there are only three or four)...



As well as the steps, there are two more of these bench seats, so more pushups or step-ups are pretty much mandatory here...



I jog or walk along a path from here and around onto the boardwalk across the wetlands...



More handy pushup/step-up/dips stations (or just stop and catch your breath while watching the ducks)...



This stretch has annoyed the crap out of me for years. The path just comes to a sudden halt and if it's been raining, you have to negotiate your way through mud to get to the next section. Looks like the missing 10m or so of concrete is finally being done....



If I've got any energy left, I'll leave the wetlands and do a wide loop around the main road to get back home. This stretch may be uphill, but the shade is very welcome on a sunny day...



Then it's a flat run (or walk) home and I'm done.

Anyone else care to share their favourite outdoor workout spot?

5 comments:

LizN said...

Awesome idea Kek :) One dog walk route coming up shortly xox

Casey said...

that looks fun. How bout some canoeing for the wetlands??

Kek said...

I'll be lookng forward to that, Liz - I hope Miss Lucy gets her pretty face into a pic or two. :)

Casey, the ponds aren't that big - I'd be dizzy from going round and round in circles. LOL. Besides, I'd frighten the frogs.

Charlotte Orr said...

Looks lovely Kek!

AlleyCat said...

What a beautiful location! Lucky you.

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