With summer time around the corner, student’s schedules in upheaval, vacations approaching, and the lax summer attitude waving over all of us, maintaining an exercise routine is about to become more challenging than it already is. Staying fit in the summer isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it!
Though the summer brings a shift in your typical schedule, this can be an opportunity to stay active while mixing up your exercise routine. Instead of coming up with excuses why you cannot stay on track, here are some suggestions of ways to take advantage of the summer changes and add excitement to your routine!
With long days full of sun, there is no better time than the summer to move your workout to the great outdoors! Hiking, swimming, biking, running, and even more adventurous sports like rock climbing or kayaking are all great ways to workout in the summer. Maybe this summer you will choose to try something new! Taking advantage of the beautiful weather can motivate you to exercise longer and harder, as you work your muscles in a new and different way than we do the rest of the year.
Try new gym or classes
In the summer, gyms and studios often offer discounted classes or special deals. Try out a two-week deal at a local gym, or grab a friend and try out the first class free at a few different studios! You may be able to find free fitness classes in the park or at local summer events as well. It takes a little extra work to find out new class schedules, where you can park, if there is childcare, and how to prepare for your first class, but mixing up your routine for a discounted or free price is worth it!
Workout with your kids
School’s out for the summer, meaning someone has to watch the kids… How about multitasking by hanging out with your kids while working out! Depending on the ages of kids, there are tons of different options. Go on a bike ride together, either pulling them along or riding beside each other. Try one of the outside options listed above. Make an obstacle course or run relays in the yard or through the sprinkler. Maybe you’ll send your kids back to “school” with your amazing basketball or soccer skills. Try something new and get active together!
Join a team
The summer is a great time to find a new training group, sports team, or rec league. You can learn a new sport or bring out your high school gear and relive the glory days. Local Parks and Recs, JCC’s and YMCA’s often offer multi-level sports leagues or tournaments for volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, and other team sports. Running shops typically have weekly group runs or triathlon training groups. If you’re not ready to commit to a league, try pickup frisbee or soccer in a park near you!
Go to the water
There is nothing as refreshing as a dip in the pool on a hot summer day, but what if you used the water as a chance to exercise!? Take advantage of adult only swim times or your flexible summer schedule to be at the pool. The lake and the ocean also provide opportunities like kayaking, canoeing, surfing. Maybe now is the time to learn something new! I took swim lessons as a 22 year-old, because I wanted to incorporate swimming into my weekly activity, and I am especially grateful for this as the summer approaches.
Staying fit in summer!
I encourage you to use the summer as an opportunity to reenergize your healthy routine to keep you going all year long! Summer isn’t the time to fall off the exercise train, it’s a chance to get moving!