How to Turn Your Garden into a Backyard Gym and Save

6 min read


Turn your backyard into the ultimate gym

Did you know you can get all the benefits of a gym workout without even having to leave your property – or pay a cent?

Your backyard offers all the workout possibilities you should need.

And it’s better for you. Research has shown that exercising outdoor boosts your physical and mental health more than indoor gyms – even when it’s frosty outside!

Plus exercising outdoors has proven to burn up to 20% more calories than indoor workouts.

As an added benefit, you also get to soak up some rays while you’re improving your fitness.

And even that’s good for you, giving you your daily dose of vitamin D!

You don’t need state-of-the-art equipment or a membership card to your local gym to get a good workout.

You only need determination and a well-planned backyard.

Here’s how you can get the best possible workout from your own backyard facilities.

Workout on a slope

You might dismiss your backyard as too uneven to work out on.

But in fact, that’s a good thing.

Uneven surfaces encourage your body to work harder, improving your balance and core skills.

If you like to do squats, push ups, lunges, and pull ups, try them on a slope.

You can use a natural mound in your garden or even build your own little molehill.

You can even tailor your workout level to whichever position you choose to adopt on your little hill.

For example, doing push ups while facing downhill will be slightly easier, whereas facing uphill will present a greater challenge.

Take on the steps

If you’ve got steps in your backyard, you’re all set.

Climbing stairs burns more calories per minute than jogging and encourages strong bones and cardiovascular fitness.

You don’t need a long staircase either.

You can walk, jog or run up and down your stairs until you feel you’ve given your muscles a good workout.

Nor do you need to simply traverse the steps.

You can mount the stairs with side steps, with lunges skipping every few steps, or with hops, jumping up the stairs with both feet together.

You can find plenty more stair exercise ideas here.

How to Turn Your Garden into a Backyard Gym and Save - If you’ve got steps in your backyard, you’re all set, Australian Outdoor Living.
If you’ve got steps in your backyard, you’re all set.

Use the swing set

Who said swings were just for the kids?

Swing sets are the perfect place for you to tone your abs, hips and lower back with pull ups and ab crunches.

And as with a sloping ground, the instability of the monkey bars can actually help improve your core workout by forcing you to centre yourself better.

Anyway, we don’t think you should need an excuse to clamber all over the kid’s playset.

We remember how much fun it was to climb all over the monkey bars as kids!

Family games

If you’ve got plenty of family around it’s worth drawing them into any kind of workout routine.

Think about all the running you did as a kid playing Tiggy, British Bulldogs, Rounders, or 40 40.

You didn’t even know that you were keeping fit, the games were so much fun.

Challenge your family to any backyard game, whether it’s Totem Tennis, badminton, or even backyard cricket.

The enjoyment you’ll get from spending time with the family, in the fresh air and sun, will have you coming back for more.

How to Turn Your Garden into a Backyard Gym and Save - Family games, Australian Outdoor Living.
Family games.

Make gardening a workout

It sounds too good to be true, right?

But gardening naturally involves use of the muscles, helping to strengthen and tone them.

So why not incorporate your gardening chores into your workout routine?

Load a wheelbarrow with sand or mulch and run or walk with it around your backyard.

Alternatively perform some squats and lunges with a bag of sand or fertiliser on your back to intensify your exercise.

Take it easier with yoga

If you’re not feeling particularly confident about a hard workout, you can always tone it down a notch with yoga.

Yoga offers a rigorous workout of the muscles while letting you go at your own pace.

But what we love about yoga is that you don’t really need any equipment at all – unless you’re more comfortable on a yoga mat.

You can venture outside barefoot and enjoys great gulps of fresh air as you slow your breathing and twist yourself into a pretzel.

The fresh air is key here.

Yoga slows down your breathing, and while you can do it indoors, there’s nothing better than catching some pure air and vitamin D as you go through the motions.

You only need a hard surface, whether it is natural or artificial grass, or a solid timber deck.

How to Turn Your Garden into a Backyard Gym and Save - Take it easier with yoga, Australian Outdoor Living.
Take it easier with yoga.


We’re heralding another childhood favourite here because the fact is skipping can provide an awesome workout while being plenty of fun as well.

And fun is crucial to any workout regime.

Skipping improves your balance and flexibility, strengthens your bones, and fortifies your respiratory and cardiovascular fitness.

Seriously. Skip for fifteen minutes and see how much you’ll be sweating at the end of it.

In fact 15 minutes of skipping can burn up to 200 calories.

Do laps in your outdoor pool

Swimming can be one of the most expensive workouts if you have to pay for membership or entry into your local swimming pool.

But if you’ve got a backyard pool, there’s possible no better workout opportunity.

If it’s large enough, you can do laps.

But even in a smaller pool, you can take on water aerobic exercises.

How to Turn Your Garden into a Backyard Gym and Save - Do laps in your outdoor pool, Australian Outdoor Living.
Do laps in your outdoor pool.

Want to know more?

Australian Outdoor Living is passionate about helping people love their life outdoors. We offer a range of products, including:

Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.


Related Articles

RX21 - Outdoor Living - AFTERS 06
How to create more living space for less
7 min. read
RX21 - Outdoor Living - AFTERS 05
5 Steps to create an outdoor living room
7 min. read
backyard camping
Five ideas for an unforgettable backyard camping adventure for the whole family
7 min. read
How to create a dog friendly backyard
5 min. read
Pergola, Verandah & Patio - Looking pergola, verandah or patio installation? Get a free measure and quote in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth. We install Australian Wide.
Pergola maintenance: four easy tips
5 min. read
How to create the perfect patio vegetable garden
5 min. read
Teresa Palmer chooses Australian Outdoor Living!
4 min. read
How bistro blinds can help protect your home from the weather
4 min. read
Outdoor Blinds - Looking for a outdoor blinds installation? Get a free measure and quote in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth. We install Australian Wide.
Why retractable outdoor blinds are perfect for your home
6 min. read

Free Measure and Quote

Let’s bring your backyard dream to life.

* indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

get my free quote

Enquire now to secure your offer and arrange your Free Measure & Quote.

* indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Join The List

Sign up to receive exclusive discounts and special offers

* indicates required fields

I would like to receive updates and promotional offers