May 19, 2016
The weather is warming up, which means new ways to get that heart rate up too! With the summer months comes endless opportunities to exercise – whether you’re chilling at home or jet setting around the world, there’s always a way to fit in a workout.
Heading to the beach this summer? There are so many outdoor activities that let you soak up the sun and burn some calories! Try stand-up paddle boarding (it’s harder than it looks) or kayaking for a great upper body workout that helps you see the sights. Plus it can be done on a lake, ocean, or even river if you’re adventurous. Chances are, there will be a place to rent them by the hour. And don’t forget to dive in! Outdoor swimming is a great way to fit in some cardio without getting too hot. Easy on the joints, plus you can avoid all that chlorine!
When the snow melts, discover a terrain just begging to be explored! Take advantage of cooler mountain temperatures by taking a hike. Consider investing in hiking poles (available at most sporting goods stores) for an even more exhilarating adventure. For the real thrill-seekers, try mountain biking. There’s nothing like the rush of speeding down a mountain on your bike – just don’t forget your helmet!
For city trips, install a step tracker app on your phone, because you’re bound to rack up some serious miles. Skip the taxi or subway and choose to walk – you’ll see the city in a new way and easily fit in a workout! If you’re craving something more, a morning run is a great choice. Do a quick search for local trails and parks, and try to walk, run, or cycle on dirt or gravel paths, since asphalt and concrete tend to radiate heat and reflect the sun’s rays, making you feel hotter.
Summer at Home
If you’re sticking around this summer, take advantage of local workout groups and events! See if your city is holding a mud run – a race of mud and obstacles to test your mental grit, camaraderie and all-around physical fitness. Grab your family and friends for a little competition while you enjoy the outdoors.
For something more low-key, check your local gyms and parks and recreation centers for running groups, yoga meet-ups, and other fun activities! Most of these events are free, which is great for those on a budget. Even your typical summer activities can burn some major calories, like riding a bike, washing the car, gardening, mowing the lawn, even hula hooping!
Summer Workout Reminders
Wherever you workout this summer, you must remember to hydrate. You lose much more water in warm temperatures. And if you’re noticing white sweat marks on your clothes, you’re losing a lot of sodium as well, so replenish with a sports drink or V8. Throw on a visor to protect your face from the sun, slap on some sunscreen, and you’re ready for a great summer workout!