Skyline was literally built from the ground up to be a haven for healthy living. Paseos that run throughout the community connect to miles of trails scattered across 1,600 acres of dedicated open space. Adjacent public trails extend even further the opportunities to clear your mind, stretch your legs and get your heart rate up.
If you’re interested in taking your Skyline walk or run a step further, try adding some simple but effective bodyweight workouts to your outing. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, incorporating strength training to your exercise plan is ideal for overall muscular health, balance and coordination.
We’ve assembled a few full body exercises you might consider, from easiest to most difficult. No equipment necessary! Try working these safely into your walk or run according to your level of fitness. We’ve even created a video playlist of each exercise for easy reference while you’re trailside.
(A quick reminder: please remember to hydrate, start off with some easy warm-up stretches and don’t forget the sunscreen!)
Start with feet just wider than hip-width apart, toes pointed slightly out, clasp hands at chest for balance. Send hips back and bend at knees to lower down as far as possible with head and chest high. Press through heels back up to starting position. Repeat for 10-15 reps.
Stand with feet hip-width apart. Step forward with right foot, bending both knees to 90 degrees. Drive through right heel to stand, while stepping left foot forward and dropping into a lunge on the left side. Continue walking forward, making sure back knee hovers just off the floor with each step. Do 10-15 reps per side.
Stand upright with your arms laterally extended at shoulder height. Keep your arms extended as you begin going clockwise making small circles with your hands. Circle from your shoulders, not your wrists. Count 25-50 circles. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat going counterclockwise for 25-50 circles.
Start on all fours, shoulders over wrists. Step feet back and engage your lower body to keep legs straight. Body should form a straight line from shoulders to hips to heels. Think about pushing the ground away from you and pulling the belly button up toward the sky to keep your back flat. Hold for 30-60 seconds.
Start in a plank position (above). Drive left knee in toward chest, then quickly step it back to plank position. Immediately drive right knee in toward chest, then quickly step it back into plank position. Continue alternating for 10-15 reps per side.
Stand with feet hip-width apart. Place hands down in front of feet, then jump feet back to a high plank position, keeping hips up and in line with shoulders and heels. Drop chest to the ground. Push back up, without arching back, as you jump feet back to hands. Stand and jump up. Repeat from the top for 8 -12 reps.
Good job! Be sure to cool down, stretch out and rehydrate.
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