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It's easy to feel guilty walking into a gym on a gorgeous day. But after months of indoor training, it's surprisingly hard to swap the safe gym routine that guarantees sweat and soreness for a sunny one that seems more about fun and less about results. With bikini season around the corner, you can't take any chances, right? Wrong, according to fitness guru Tim Ferriss, best-selling author of books like The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Workweek.
“Exercising outdoors is better for you for a number of reasons,” Ferriss says. “The varying terrain, for one, provides stimulus that you can't organically achieve indoors, and second, even brief exposure to natural surroundings can improve mental performance.” Furthermore, humans weren't designed to live confined within four walls 24/7, Ferris adds. “Studies show that spending a little time outside can boost happiness. How your body connects with the outside world has so many psychological, emotional, and physical benefits that transcend what I've been able to measure in a lab.”
You don't have to replace your current routine completely. “Just try to take at least one of your sessions outside every week,” Ferriss recommends, who says you can sneak in an incredible workout—what he calls “the minimal effective dose to see positive effects”—in just five to 15 minutes. Ferriss recently teamed up with outdoor footwear giant Merrell to devise these four fundamental movements that target almost every major muscle group without any equipment at all.
Now get outside and give it a go!
Finally, a legit excuse to skip the gym and get your sweat on in the sun
Finally, a legit excuse to skip the gym and sculpt your body in the sun!