If you are lucky enough to have some good outdoor space around your home, or even a shared garden if you live in an apartment, then this can actually be a great place to do some of your fitness training when the weather permits.
Not only does it lift your mood even more than exercise generally does when you are outside, but you are breathing fresh air and are likely to be a lot more comfortable than in the dry air conditioning or stuffy, sweaty atmosphere of a gym or home gym.
If your garden is your own, you can even make some modifications to it to make it a more suitable place to work out. You can check out My Gardening Network for tips, ideas and tutorials if you are interested in changing your garden to make it more workout friendly.
One of the best parts of your workout to do outdoors is the muscle focused part. Doing cardio outdoors can very much depend on the heat, as most runners will attest (in the peak of summer, there is a reason why you see so many people out for a run at 5am!). However, at just about any time of day or year, you can do things like yoga and Pilates outdoors, or free weight exercises and bodyweight based exercises. Your post run or workout stretches can also feel great if you do them outside.
For this, you’ll need a good flat space where it is easy to get good balance and posture. A deck or patio with a good yoga mat can be ideal, but you may find an appropriate spot on your lawn, too. Be aware that softer ground is harder to keep good balance on, however, especially with things like yoga poses where you are on one leg. This can in a way be better for your muscles, but it is a lot less relaxing!
If you want to train outdoors using any kind of equipment (and you will probably want a mat at the very least), you may find you are less inspired to work out if you have to drag it all outside and back in again before every session. If it is just a mat and some elastic resistance bands it is no big deal, but if you want to use free weights, a Pilates ball, or more sport specific gear like pads for kickboxing drills, it is best if you have a shed, pool house, or even just a lockable outside cupboard where you can keep these handy.
Whether you just use your garden space to warm up for, and stretch out after a run, bike ride or swim, or you do full strength workouts there, you will soon begin to see the mood benefits of exercising in your own private outdoor area!