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Whether or not you’re a gym rat, there’s nothing like heading to the great outdoors to get some fresh air and fitness. From kayaking to bouldering, yoga to urban hikes, there are tons of awesome ways to get out and get active no matter where you live. In fact, we’ve partnered up with Outdoor Rise —a weeklong New York City festival — tosponsor a sunset meditation class. And while this program is just in New York City, it’s a great example for how anyone can get their fitness going outdoors.
Below, find 20 resources centered around outdoor workouts. From exercise ideas to staying safe in the sun, check ’em out and then get moving!
Hack Your (Outdoor) Workout
- The 17 Most Amazing Fitness Vacations
Fitting fitness into vacation time isn’t always easy. We’ve rounded up 17 action-packed getaways — from beach boot camps to surf and yoga retreats that will get you in shape at your own pace.
- How To Rock a Summer Workout Despite the Heat
Think it’s too hot outside to work out? Think again! Here’s the lowdown on how to prep for the heat and get your sweat on safely.
- 24 Tips for a Fitter, Healthier Summer Vacation
Vacation season is here! But don’t let your hard work go to waste while getting some rays. Stay fit and feel good no matter where time off takes you.
- Go Out! 21 Indoor Activities To Take Outdoors
Let’s take this outside. From greenmarkets to rooftop bars, we’re about to revamp your summer and blow your mind with 21 ways to bust out of those four walls.​
- 9 Ways To Strength Train Outside The Gym
​Hate wasting a beautiful day inside the gym picking things up and putting them down? Not psyched about pumping iron, period? Take strength training to go with these daily activities that double as muscle-building exercises.
- Working Out Indoors Versus Outdoors
Energy levels, motivation, and more: Learn what the actual differences are from sweating inside and out.​
- Hit The Trail: Study Says Hiking Can Boost Productivity
Spending time with Mother Nature may do more than provide some fresh air. A new study suggests hiking could unlock creativity.
- How Do I Know If I’m Dehydrated?
When the body’s fluid level gets low, it turns on symptoms like sticky mouth, headache, and fatigue. Eek! Learn the signs of dehydration to never let the tank run dry.
- What Really Causes A Sunburn (And How To Treat It Fast)
​When we forgo SPF in the great outdoors, most end up with a sunburn. Learn what actually causes the skin to turn that painful shade of red and how to treat it right.
- Are You Vitamin D Deficient
What’s the vitamin that makes eating all the dairy desired (ice cream doesn’t count) and laying in the sun all day (with proper sun block, of course) Greatist-approved? Say hello to our new best friend, vitamin D.
- Six Food Groups That Will Protect You From The Sun
Sun protection isn’t all about sunscreen. It turns out certain foods have that SPF power, too.
- The Impacts Of Sun Damage (And How To Avoid Them)
One man’s shocking before and after show the dangers of sun damage. Read on for how can you enjoy the heat and skip the burn.
Know Before You Go
- Know Before You Go: Rock Climbing
Boulders be damned. Learn what to expect from your first rock climbing class.
- Know Before You Go: Yoga
Warrior 1, Warrior 2, Child’s Pose — say what? Here’s the lowdown on getting in on the yoga craze without the intimidation factor.
- Know Before You Go: Surfing
Never been on a surfboard before? It’s time to make some waves. Read on to learn what to expect from that first surfing adventure — and get stoked!
- Know Before You Go: Camping
Camping may not be as simple as pitching a tent with a hiking stick in hand. So before taking to the trail, make sure you’re prepared for anything.
- Know Before You Go: White Water Rafting
Feeling adventurous? Hit the river this summer to try your hand at white water rafting. You’ll likely be drenched (in water and sweat) after this workout that’s more fun than work.
- Know Before You Go: Horseback Riding
Think horseback riding is just for cowboys? Think again: Swinging into the saddle is a great way to keep muscles strong, improve coordination, and have fun.
- Know Before You Go: Trail Running
Ready to take a breath of fresh air and break up the running routine? Find out all you need to know before hitting the trail!
- Know Before You Go: Road Cycling
Road cycling is good for the body, heart, and the environment. So learn how to sit, what to say, and what to do when hitting the pavement on two wheels.
What’s your favorite outdoor workout? Let us know in the comments below or tweet directly at @greatist