Five Fun Summer Fitness Ideas for the Warmer Months
If you get hot just thinking about working out in the summer, we have a few tips to make summer fitness more fun in the warmer months. If you want to constantly do push-ups and crunches to get fit, you can certainly do so, but if you crave more excitement in your fitness routine, try any of the five activities below. Be creative in the warmer weather for your summer fitness routine. That means you can have fun while you soak up some Vitamin D, burn calories, and get in shape – no boring workouts required! Here are a few workout ideas that will have you looking and feeling good this summer:
1. Dog Walking
If you’re struggling to find motivation to get out and walk, try walking with your best friend, specifically the furry one with four legs. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who loves to exercise more than a dog, and that enthusiasm can be contagious, as Women’s Health Magazine points out. “A dog is always ready and willing to go.” Although your neighbor may cancel or your human friend may complain, your dog will be ready to go and get is summer fitness glow on. Your furry friend will not whisper a sound of disappointment when you suggest taking the long route. Don’t forget that the warmer weather means taking extra precautions, so keep you and your pooch hydrated with water, and lather on the sunscreen to prevent sun damage. If you don’t have a dog, work part-time as a dog walker or volunteer at your local shelter. You’re less likely to cancel if your date is a client or a homeless dog in need of exercise and attention. Be sure to walk early in the morning or in the evenings, so it does not get too hot for your furry friend.
2. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a great way to plan your summer fitness routine. “Ascending a cliff, boulder, or even an indoor rock wall requires a large amount of physical strength and endurance,” says Huffington Post.
You’ll improve flexibility as your master tricky maneuvers, build upper and lower-body strength, and get in the same level of cardio as jogging. Climbing for one hour burns up to 700 calories and also works your brain since it requires the use of problem-solving skills and body awareness. Climbers who completely lose themselves in their climb enter a mindset that can create a sense of euphoria and block pain, so you can be happy and stress-free while you get fit and take advantage of the spring and summer seasons.
Jazzercise describes itself as “a high intensity dance party that fuses cardio, strength, Pilates, hip hop, yoga, and kickboxing.” You can burn up to 800 calories in one 60-minute class! Since Jazzercise offers a variety of classes to challenge you, it’s sure to maintain your interest for summer fitness. In fact, they’ve been around as a popular exercise program for more than 45 years. Don’t worry – you won’t necessarily be dancing to 80s music. Jazzercise has made it part of their mission to continuously evolve their music, moves, classes, and methods. With more than 8,300 franchise locations teaching more than 32,000 classes each week around the world, you will more than likely find something you’ll love near you.
Surfing in the ocean is a fun way to exercise and cool off during the summer, but you can also surf indoors – with or without water. Many indoor activity centers offer the opportunity to partake in extreme sports, such as skateboarding, laser tag, and indoor surfing in a wave simulator. If you’d like to get the surfer workout without the water, you can try a program such as Surfset, which utilizes a stationary surfboard that simulates surfing and gives you a full-body workout. Paddling works shoulders and lower back, while giving you cardio. Duck-diving through waves works arms, and the pop-up maneuver works core and chest muscles. Finally, the process of standing and surfing works legs and all postural muscles, perfect for summer fitness.
5. Martial Arts
According to FitDay, one of the most important benefits from martial arts is improved cardiovascular health. You’ll get the same cardio workout from martial arts that you would with walking, biking, or swimming. You can also burn up to 500 calories in one hour of moderate intensity martial arts. Additionally, it improves muscle tone and reflexes. Participating in martial arts is a great way to relieve stress and frustration while you have fun and get in shape.
Instead of aimlessly walking a treadmill for 30 minutes, get creative with your workout routine. Rent a surfboard or hike with your dog or think of something not listed above. Chances are that if you really enjoy yourself, you won’t even feel like you’re working out.