Shorter workouts are not only more time efficient, they are more interesting too.
Adapting the intensity of an outdoor workout can mean a 10-minute routine has the same benefits as a 45-minute outdoor gym programme.
And if you’re short on time, then choosing outdoor gym equipment that works big muscle groups is another effective way of maximising results potential.
Being powered only by the user with bodyweight as the resistance, Sunshine Gym puts people in charge of their workouts.
Improving lung function and cardiovascular health, outdoor workouts are also shown to lower stress, encourage users to move more and boost mental health.
What outdoor gym equipment is best for a quick workout?
Even a short workout should include a warm-up and cool-down. Marching on the spot, which can be completed using a Double Health Walker, is one of the simplest ways to get the heart rate up.
A warm-up as part of a 15-minute or 20-minute workout should be about three to five minutes long.
The Bicycle, which has low-level resistance, is also a good piece of equipment to include in a warm-up such as five minutes at a medium pace.
Outdoor gym equipment which supports compound exercises target two or more muscle groups.
Squats are an ideal exercise to include in a short workout as they work the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and core.
The Double Squat Push is a piece of outdoor gym equipment with two user stations. By pressing against the bar with the feet, and straightening, then bending the knees, the user completes a squat movement without putting stress on the joints.
To work the upper body, the Combi Pull Down Challenger & Power Push targets the muscles in the arms, back and chest.
Again it features two stations but each one develops a different movement, with the ‘pull down’ side improving strength, posture and stability. The ‘power push’ side activates the chest muscles as well as the triceps, almost like a sitting press up.
The best outdoor ab exercises include sit-ups, crunches and leg raises with the support of the Double Sit Up Bench.
Cool downs are an important part of the recovery process in an outdoor workout, increasing flexibility and keeping the blood circulating while body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate return to normal.
The Leg Stretch and Waist Twister are pieces of outdoor gym equipment which can support stretches by helping to increase the range of motion.
How challenging is a short outdoor workout?
While the outdoor gym equipment from Sunshine Gym utilises only the user’s own bodyweight, there are many ways to keep an outdoor workout interesting without adding resistance.
This can include slowly increasing the number of reps completed as the user becomes more proficient, varying the speed and intensity of an exercise, reducing the rest time between sets and transitioning quickly through different exercises.
A quick outdoor workout could include a short warm-up, and then a focus on just three exercises such as five squats on the Double Squat Push, five times through on the Pull Down Challenger and five exercises using the Power Push, repeated six times, with a 30 second rest between rounds.
Or following a warm-up, users can set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes, and aim to get as many exercises as possible completed in the time frame.
More exercises could be added into the routine or users can change up the circuit for a new and exciting workout.
The Sunshine Gym range of outdoor gym equipment includes outdoor fitness equipment for children, wheelchair accessible outdoor gym equipment, strength building equipment, multi gyms, outdoor fitness rigs and cardiovascular equipment.
Outdoor fitness rigs are an excellent choice for those looking to fit in an advanced but short workout as multiple compound exercises can be accommodated thanks to the simple but effective features.
These include pull-up handles, sit-up benches, leg raise equipment and even incorporates the Pull Down Challenger and Power Push.