Besides realizing you've finished the bottle of rosé in your fridge and finding out the Harry Styles concerts are all sold out, there's pretty much nothing more depressing in summer than being stuck on a treadmill.
That's why we're desperate to find summer workouts that can be done outside — and that don't make us feel like we're missing out on perfect picnic weather or patio afternoons. These three outdoor workouts have totally transformed what we think of as exercise while still building major muscle. Plus, the extra hit of vitamin D means you're really maximizing the mood-boosting effects of exercise. Grab a friend, throw on your Knixwear (and sunscreen!), and let us know what you think.
I know, I know, we were skeptical too, but stand-up paddleboarding is easier than it looks - while still being a major workout. You're toning your whole body as you stand on a long board, using a paddle to control your movements. There's a big emphasis on core stability and strength, as well as lower body control. Plus, we can't think of a better way to spend a sunny Saturday than out on the water. (Did you know our Evolution Bra doubles as a back-up bikini top? It's super supportive and always stays put, and its quick-dry properties make it a perfect choice for water sports.)
Shady trails are a great refuge on the hottest summer days, and hiking is a great way to see parts of your town or state you might otherwise miss. And even if you aren't piling on the inclines, you're still burning an average of 450 calories per hour. For maximum results, explore trails that aren't professionally manicured: you'll tone your legs and midsection as you work to keep your footing on rocky paths and hills. Just remember to pack your water bottle!
You might not think of yoga as an outdoor "sport," but traditionally, it was practiced in the open air. Even if you already have an established practice, you'd be amazed by how different the poses become when you're working outside, and how much easier it is to tune into your breath. And summer is an awesome time to try yoga if you're new to the sport, as many studios will have at least one weekly outdoor class in a park or other neighborhood spot that is often free or accessible by donation. It's a no-stress, low-commitment way to give this workout a try — and there are few things more relaxing than savasana on the grass.