Go OUTSIDE & play! Burning calories out of the gym.

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It’s summer, bitches! The best time of the year to be outside, run, jump, sweat, PLAY. After such a brutally cold and long winter, I’m welcoming these warm temperatures and sunshine with open arms… and lots of tank tops for a great tan. ; )

This week I’ve been using my heart rate monitor on a regular basis to track most of my activities outside. I use the Polar H7  heart rate monitor. It’s got bluetooth capability so it syncs with the Polar Beat app on my iPhone. It’s my jam! Because it uses my actual stats and heart rate, I get an accurate account of how much work I’m doing (compared with those fitness wristbands that just have movement sensors and give a way over-the-top estimate of work done ). The Siri-sounding voice relays my work back to me in calories burned, time spent in which zone, mileage, and pace. She’s becoming an additional workout buddy…

Here’s how me and my actual human buddies have been getting after it outside lately, and how many calories I’m burning in the process:

Hill sprints up Dog Hill at Cherokee Park

w/ Crystal and Myhria

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We did 7 sprints in 40 minutes (our goal is 10). I’ve been meaning to wear my heart rate monitor during sprints, but I’ve kept forgetting it the last couple times. I finally remembered to bring it this day, but  forgot to hit “Start.” Details…  I finally remembered after the 4th sprint. Still burned a lot in those last 3 sprints though! We had to take longer recoveries by that point… Estimated total of 500+ calories burned for the session.

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Tennis with Taylor

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Or maybe we should just call it “hitting/chasing tennis balls back and forth.” Since we didn’t remember the rules of the game, lack hand/eye coordination and overall skill, this workout didn’t spend as much time in the “hard” heart rate training zone, but we still burned calories! AND we got to wear our Tennis Skirts. #score We ended up just trying to hit the ball back and forth in an alphabet rally,  receiving one letter per hit. “A! B! C!” etc. We didn’t let ourselves leave until we made it all the way to Z without losing the ball… Suffice it to say there’s plenty of room for improvement. At least we’re equally terrible…

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Walk/Run with Tango & Churchill

Although we’re still working on the” running as a group” thing… The 3 of us are doing a good job of getting our workout in first thing in the morning. We’re all going together! We get some calories burned, some energy out (so I can work in peace through the morning), and have generally a good time. I think the most challenging part is just trying to get them leashed up and out the door in a calm, orderly fashion. I’ve got to find some new commands to drill into their brains to get them ready to leave… the current routine  is not as smooth as I’d like it to be:

Exhibits A-C

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Our “run” isn’t always a run the whole time.  Thank goodness for correction collars. I don’t like to use them, but it’s nice to have something to get their attention when they’re going ape-shit running past a fence them from a backyard with 3 other dogs. PURE CHAOS ensues when we go past these houses. Unfortunately, there are a shit ton of dogs living on the 2 mile loop we do in our neighborhood. Fortunately there are lots of people watering their grass first thing in the morning, so we get to run through lots of sprinklers and get cooled off in this muggy weather. #GladGame

Check out the heart rate graph at the bottom of the 2nd photo. You can tell when we had to stop to pee/poo/bark at other animals. Them… not me.

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moving on…

 TRX workout in the park.

photophoto from Taylor’s Instagram.

I love my  TRX Force App. I’ve talked about this app before, but I really love not having to think about what I’m going to do and being able to knock out a workout in only 30 minutes  Combine that with being able to set up outside in the park or the backyard, and you’ve doubled my happiness. 30 minutes, 300 calories. Boom.

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Moral of the story: You don’t have to stay cooped up inside the gym, just to get a good workout in. Don’t miss the sun! You can still burn calories by simply running around or grabbing a buddy to learn a new sport with. How are you getting after your workouts this summer? Getting outside any? I hope so!

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  1. A-freaking-men! I can’t do this on the weekdays because I work out when it’s still pitch black and I don’t want to get stolen BUT on the weekends…it’s game on. No matter how hot, I get out there and sweat it out!

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