As summer comes around, most people want to be out and about a lot more. However, this doesn’t always mean that we’re more active. The rising temperatures can make it a lot more enjoyable to sit out in the sun rather than run in it. However, if you plan it out right, there are so many activities to do in the summertime that there should be no excuse not to live an active lifestyle! Here are some tips on how you can stay active this summer…
Exercise in the Morning
If you are going to try to maintain your standard exercise routine, if you take daily runs, or if you engage in any type of scheduled physical activity, it can be incredibly helpful to plan to do it early in the morning. The temperatures are very pleasant in the morning, and the cool air and extra moisture will help your exercise feel a lot more refreshing, making you far less likely to get overheated. If you need to, you can also exercise in the evening, but it will generally still be hotter as the ground is cooling down.
Try Yoga (and Meditation)
If you want a workout that is going to kick your ass but isn’t going to make you overheat, then yoga is an excellent option. Yoga helps increase your strength, flexibility, and is both a great main exercise and supplemental exercise. Yoga is also meditative, which has tremendous benefits for your mental health. You can do yoga on your own time, or you can find a group yoga session at a local studio (or even your local park).
Find a Nice Hike
One of the simplest, cheapest, and easiest exercises to do in the summertime is to go for a hike in a beautiful natural area around you. Most people live within a 30-minute drive of a great hiking spot. All you need to do is do a bit of research on where that is, throw on some walking shoes, and bring a water bottle. A hike is particularly enjoyable if you follow the rule of getting up early in the morning to do it, but you can still take a hike at midday and have a great time, especially if there are lots of trees and shade on the way.
Get a Personal Trainer
If you have a hard time maintaining a routine exercise schedule on your own or don’t know what type of exercise is right for you, then look into getting a personal trainer. If you have a gym membership, then you can sign up for a personal trainer there, or you can easily find a freelance trainer. A personal trainer will be able to help make a good exercise and diet plan that works for you and takes into account the extra heat of summer. For any fitness freak, a personal trainer is basically essential to their workout planning.
Hit the Beach
One of the most popular activities in the summertime is going to the beach (assuming you live near one). You can take a beach day and turn it into a great exercise day, and it’s exceedingly simple to do so. All you need to do is get up and enjoy everything the beach has to offer. Go swimming. Go surfing. Play water games. Go water skiing. It doesn’t matter! Just limit the amount of time you are sitting and soaking up sun, and you’ll get a great workout during the day. The best part is it won’t feel like exercise at all!
Break out the Mountain Bike
If you have a mountain bike, then summer is the perfect time to take it out on a routine basis. If you live near mountains, trails, or any sort of natural area, then mountain biking is bound to be a popular activity, and for good reason! Mountain biking helps build strength and endurance and is exceptionally healthy for your cardiovascular system. If you haven’t used your bike for a hot minute because it hasn’t been the right season, it’s important to make sure that it is ready to take out.