Whether you're a seasoned athlete who's been training all your life, or just getting started on a new exercise program, finding time to workout when the warm weather hits can become a rather daunting challenge.
Turn your summer fun into opportunities for fitness
From ballgames to backyard barbecues, the warm weather brings many activities that can lead to more eating and less exercise. Life is not a dress rehearsal, and for most of us, giving up a day of picnicking on the beach or a sunny morning on the golf course for the dank artificial cool of the local health club, presents no real choice.
So go ahead, bring the kids to the park, spend the weekend at the shore, do whatever it is your heart desires while the sun sits high in the sky. Exercise and summer fun can go hand and hand -- achieving a sort-of two bird with one stone effect. And by following a few simple suggestions, you can turn your day at the shore into fun and fitness.
Walk it off
Instead of just lying on the beach all day, take a walk along the shoreline. The extra effort that it takes to walk briskly on the soft, sandy surface will contribute to the overall fat burning effect.
While vacationing at your favorite summer getaway, steer clear of cars and cabs, and walk wherever and whenever possible. Wear a pedometer and make a goal of 10,000 steps or four miles per day as you walk from various hotels, restaurants and other activities. This will help balance out the extra calories you may take in.
Play, don't lay
Get off that beach blanket and join in the fun -- play some volleyball, toss around a frisbee, go for a swim, or bodysurf. Just don't lie there for four hours roasting in the sun. If picnicking with friends or family members, organize or join in a softball game, play horseshoes, folf (frisbee golf) or take a hike in the woods. Get in the middle of whatever happens to be going on.
When vacationing at your favorite all-inclusive Caribbean Island, you'll be offered to participate in an endless stream of events from an afternoon match of water polo to singing and dancing in a combination employee/guest Broadway like stage production. Don't pass the chance to make calorie burning this much fun.
Enjoy your fun time in the sun by splashing in the pool. Instead of just sitting poolside in the lounge chair sipping iced tea, jump on in and swim laps or gear up with a water jogger and have a non-impact run. You can even rally your family or friends to join you for a game of water volleyball or swimming races. If you're vacationing, take advantage of the hotel or cruise ship pool -- some facilities even offer aqua aerobics classes. If you're beach bound, take a jog down the shoreline in knee deep waves -- the extra resistance from the water will give you a tougher workout than a water-free run.
Try something new
Though vacations and travel to new places provide the opportunity to do novel activities -- fitness or otherwise -- you can take up a new sport or type of outdoor exercise at home base, too. Take your bike to a local trail system and do a different trail every week. Strap on some rollerblades and stride beachside or through a park in your locale. Join an outdoor recreational group and enjoy the sunny fun activities available in your neighborhood. Instead of yoga class, do your yoga routine on a local hill or mountain top as the sun rises or sets. Simply make a goal of doing a new physical activity every week and you'll stay fit all summer long.
Bodyweight alone can provide all or most of the resistance you'll need to improve both strength and endurance, while at the same time burning fat and toning up the entire body. The addition of some very lightweight, inexpensive items can provide you with a level of variety, safety, and an overall more effective approach to staying fit. When traveling, you can get a workout by simply packing lightweight exercise tools and taking in the sights.
So go ahead and enjoy yourself. The amount of stress relief you'll gain from enjoying life will be well worth a few missed workouts. In the process, you can continue to exercise your body in a possibly, much needed, new fashion. You'll be surprised at how a few simple adjustments can keep you fit all summer long.
Travel Light Workout
This workout can be done anywhere (including at home), giving you no excuse to skip your daily exercise.
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