With summertime quickly approaching, if you’ve slacked off through the cooler months now is the perfect time to start an exercise routine.

After all, this time of the year is all about outdoor living so why not take advantage of your backyard and step outside and get active.

Whether it’s lack of time, laziness or if it has just felt all too hard, what better way to start an exercise routine than in the comfort of your backyard.

If a lack in motivation is what’s holding you back, why not start with some fun and “incidental” exercising, or even some games you can enjoy with the family.

Otherwise if you are wanting to get serious about your fitness, try out some of the exercises below or create your own circuit. With the convenience of exercising in your own backyard, chances are you will find it a lot easier to stick to the routine.

FAMILY FUN

Get the whole family involved. It’s a great opportunity to spend time together and all get active together while enjoying the great outdoors. Here a few fun activities we thought of that could be done as a family.

  • Frisbee
  • Backyard cricket
  • Skipping
  • Chasing around the kids
  • Volleyball
PILATES

Wanting to tone up without having to join the gym, than try some pilates in your backyard. We found a great set on Pinterest to try by yourself or with a friend, but there are plenty of ideas available online. All you need is a mat or a towel on the grass, patio or deck and you’re set.

YOGA

Maybe it’s not exercise you are lacking, but a chance to lay back, relax and give your body a good stretch out. Yoga has many wonderful benefits for your health, and for a lot of people it can be a great release after a busy and stressful week. So grab a yoga mat or towel and get stretching in your backyard.

CARDIO

Looking for a higher impact workout, with great resources like Pinterest or even just Google there is a wealth of exercise programs and circuit ideas available online.

You shouldn’t have a problem finding workouts to suit your level of fitness and the best part is you don’t need a gym to still do a great workout. If there are exercises that use weights, why not be resourceful and substitute with tinned cans or other household items.

Here are some exercises we found on Pinterest:

 

Photo courtesy of Mind Body Green

Photo courtesy of Workout Box

Backyard Pilates