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Get Outdoors: Fall’s Best Workout

Fall’s crisp air is always the most welcoming surprise post-summertime. It pushes me to get outside and hit the reset button. My favorite workout this season? The stairs. 

I especially love LA’s Culver City Stairs, because it’s where nature meets cityscapes. The land itself feels worlds away from Los Angeles, but you can see the city from the top. Even if you don’t live nearby, outdoor stairs workouts are everywhere. Consider local school stadiums or even monuments with quite a few steps to its entrance. Stairs work your bum, quads and core, while also improving cardio strength.

Plus, the workout pushes you mentally. Consider each step a challenge you want to tackle, knowing you can go after anything if you’re willing to keep going after it.

I worked with The Chalkboard Mag on this endorphin-building routine. Go after your light…

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STRETCH | Begin with five minutes of stretching, focusing on your quads, calves and ankles. Hopping in place for 30 seconds also helps to loosen up your body.

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STEP | Kick off your stairs workout at a slow and steady pace. As you begin to pick up a routine, try speeding things up. Ideally, you want to push for a 20-minute stairs workout, which means you may have to go up and down a few times (depending on your location). This increases your heart rate while burning fat and building muscle.

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JOG | I like to pair my steps workout with a short, light jog once my muscles are warm and loose. The jogging helps alleviate soreness the next day, while also stepping up the cardio. A mere 10-minute jog (or speedy walk!) outdoors helps clear the mind.

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TRAIN | Mix in some of your favorite exercises from the top of the steps. Think lunge jumps, leg lifts or high knees. I typically only do a quick set, as more of an endorphin-building workout while feeling on top of the world! If it’s your first time tackling a stairs workout, your body may need to sit this part out!

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MEDITATE | Wrap up your workout with some YOU time. Sit at the top of the steps and reflect on what you’re grateful for, while considering changes you want to make in your life. Yoga stretches like the one pictured above are also a great means of calming your mind and body while setting intentions for this new season.

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Photos by Annie Shak