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Get A Sweat On Quick With This 10-Minute Outdoor HIIT Workout

It’s officially spring and the weather is finally starting to warm up and we’re seeing a lot more of the sun. And with gyms still closed, a lot of us are looking for workouts we can do in the sunshine, in the garden or the park, that give us a good sweat.

It can be hard to find much motivation to get your workout done, and with gyms opening in a couple of weeks, it can be tempting to write of these next couple of weeks and just re-start when you get back in the gym. So, you need quick, effective workouts that you can do outdoors. We’ve got you. This HIIT workout is just 10 minutes and requires no equipment – just you and the outdoors.

So, head to your nearest park or out into the garden and get moving.

 

Benefits of HIIT Training

OK, so we suspect that when you spot the word ‘burpee’ in the list you might need some convincing why this workout is worth the pain. These are some of the benefits of HIIT:

  • You can burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time
  • Your metabolic rate is higher for hours after exercise
  • It can help you lose fat and build muscle
  • It’s an efficient full-body workout as it works all the major muscle groups
  • You don’t need any equipment or a gym membership

 

10-Minute Outdoor HIIT Workout

For this 10-minute outdoor HIIT workout, start with a brief warm-up (this could be stretching or gentle jogging on the spot) just to get your body prepped and muscles moving.

Then, for each of the exercises below, try do as many repetitions as you can for 45 seconds, then take a 15 second rest. Once you’ve complete one round of each exercise, repeat the set once more.

 

1. Burpees

1. Start standing with your feet hip-width apart, then bend your knees and drop your hands to the floor in a crouch.

2. From here, kick your legs back behind you so that you’re in a push-up position.

3. Then spring forward back to the crouching position, keeping your chest up and head looking forward, and jump up, stretching your hands above your head.

4. Repeat as many times as you can for the 45 seconds.

 Burpee gif

 

2. Squat Jumps

1. Start standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and then lower yourself down into a squat.

2. Using your arms to help propel you upwards, jump up, straightening the legs and driving hard from the balls of your feet.

3. Land on the balls of your feet with your knees slightly bent, and then descend into a squat again.

4. Repeat as many times as you can for the 45 seconds.

Squat jump gif

 

3. Mountain Climbers

1. Begin in a push-up position — holding yourself parallel to the floor with your palms on the ground, legs extended behind you.

2. Engage the core, keep your spine straight and then, bending at the knee, bring your left leg towards your chest.

3. Kick your left leg back into its original position and bring up your right leg in the same way.

4. Repeat this continuously at a fast pace until the 45 seconds are up.

Mountain climbers gif

 

4. Jumping Lunge

1. Start in a lunge position with your left leg in front and you right behind you — your left knee should be at a 90-degree angle and your right knee should be about an inch or so from the floor.

2. From here, explode up out of the lunge, switching your legs in mid-air so that you land with your right leg now in front, and left behind.

3. Repeat as many times as you can in the 45 seconds.

 Jumping lunge gif

 

5. Bicycle Crunch

1. Begin by lying on your back with your fingers at your temples, and raise your legs off the ground, bending at the knee so your calves are parallel to the floor.

2. Lift upwards so that your head and shoulders are off the floor.

3. Pull your right knee in towards your chest and twist your upper body so that your left elbow touches the knee. Extend your left leg while you do this.

4. Return to the starting position, and repeat with the other side.

5. Repeat this at a fast pace for 45 seconds.

bicycle crunch gif

So now you no longer have the excuse of not having enough time, or not being able to get to the gym — what are you waiting for?

Enjoy this outdoor HIIT workout?

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Lauren Dawes

Lauren Dawes

Writer and expert

Lauren is an English Literature graduate originally from the South. She’s always loved swimming, has discovered the power of weight training over the past few years, and has lots of room for improvement in her weekly hot yoga class.

On the weekends she’s usually cooking or eating some kind of brunch, and she enjoys trying out new recipes with her housemates – especially since shaking off student habits, like mainly surviving off pasta. Above all, she’s a firm believer in keeping a balance between the gym and gin.

Find out more about Lauren’s experience here.


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