Summers used to be filled with sleeping in, hanging out with friends, no school, and some time for relaxing. As an adult, summers have changed. Even so, there is always something wondering about the summer months that makes us want to grab on and get the most out of them.
The weather is nicer, and it feels like the time to do fun things. It is a great time for vacations, stay-cations, and sitting by the pool, but it also a great time to change up your fitness routine.
The change summertime brings can help you decide what type of workout you want to do.
- Yoga in the Park (or on the beach – anywhere really) is a great summer workout. It can be difficult at first since the ground doesn’t qualify as smooth or flat, but it is quite relaxing and helps to calm your body down.
- Biking or hiking are great workouts this time of year.
- Running or an evening walk outside can be a great option.
- Something else – consider something like horseback riding– it is great for balance and building up your core. Then there’s swimming, paddle boarding, soccer, flag football … options abound!
There are some great benefits to working out outside too:
- It’s good for your mind and your body: Getting outdoors is associated with decreased confusion, anger, depression, and tension. Outdoor activities have been found to lower stress, and have a positive impact on your mental health.
- Boosts your self-esteem: Somehow not having someone right next to you while you are on running down the road (running buddies excluded) is a lot less pressure than running on the treadmill at the gym with someone going twice as fast as you right next to you while looking like they are barely trying.
- Soak up the sunshine: Overexposure in the sun can be harmful, but getting some rays does have benefits (just don’t forget the sunscreen!)— it can help improve sleep quality, improve immune function and increase endorphin production.
Have fun with it!
Regardless of what type of workout, you should try to make it fun. In general, exercise is great when it is fun, but particularly in the summer when you can do it outside.
- Turn up the tunes: Music can help your workouts seem shorter, but can also add some fun to them. Just make sure you are paying attention to your surroundings.
- Work out with a friend: This can be a great time to catch up with friends, but can also serve as some great motivation!
- Change up your location: nothing like a little bit of distraction. Pick a different path to run or another park to work on your yoga practice. You can even go on holidays and still manage to get a workout in.
Fitness is important for your mind and body, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get creative about how you work it into your summer routine. Have fun and sweat it out!