The summer is finally here which means it’s warm and sunny and who wants to be stuck inside the gym when the weather is so beautiful outside. Hopefully you spent last few months going to the gym and losing weight you gained over Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and now you’re ready to hit the streets and show off the results of all the hard work you put in, in the last few months. Good for you.
Unfortunately, one thing you have to remember is that just because you worked hard in getting into shape the last few months, doesn’t mean you can now become a slacker and completely abandon your fitness routine and forget all about exercise and proper nutrition.
Yes it’s true that we tend to be much more physically active during summer months, but you still need to burn more calories than you consume, which means you can’t spend your days watching TV and eating greasy foods.
Fortunately you don’t have to be stuck inside the gym in order to get exercise, because there a lot more options and outdoor activities available to you during the summer. Here are just few activities you can enjoy.
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Biking. Bikes are great. You can use them to get around, explore your neighborhood or just go for a scenic ride and burn calories at the same time. Many cities, like New York are building bike lanes, setting up bike sharing programs and creating other types of infrastructure to accommodate growing number of bicycle riders. That means that bicycling now is safer and more accessible than ever before. It’s also a perfect activity anyone can enjoy either by themselves, in a group, or with their entire family.
Tennis. Grab your tennis racket and hit the courts for a fun game with your friends. Tennis is a great aerobic activity because you constantly moving so you burn a lot of calories without even noticing because it’s so much fun.
Ultimate Frisbee. Frisbee is fun to play no matter how old you are. It can also be a great exercise, especially if you can organize a group of people to play a game of Ultimate Frisbee. Unlike regular frisbee, where you mostly stand and throw the disk back and forth, Ultimate Frisbee requires you to constantly move and run to keep up, which means you burn more calories. So bring your frisbee next time you’re heading to a beach or a park and you may not only get a good workout but also make new friends who enjoy playing frisbee as well.
Inline skating. If you saw people zipping around on in-line skates you know how much fun they can be. Inline skates can get you around fast and can be easily thrown in the bag and replaced with regular shoes if you need to go inside, which makes them a very convenient form of transportation.
Skating also tones your legs, hips, and glutes so they can tone your legs and help you burn calories at the same time. There are many places where you can learn more about the types of skates you should buy. Some are better suited for more experienced skaters while others are better suited for beginners. You can learn more about which type you should buy either online on websites such as inlineskates.com or by going to your local sporting or skating store and asking for help from the knowledgeable staff that works there.
Hiking. Hiking is a great physical activity. It’s often done on uneven terrain which means that you’re required to put in more effort than you would during regular walking. Walking and enjoying nature is a great way not only to get in shape but also recharge your batteries especially after long grueling winter that we just had.
Beach running. Regular running is a superb aerobic activity that’s great for burning calories, but it’s also hard on your knees. If you’re lucky enough to live near sandy beach, instead of laying and tanning all day, go for a run along the shore. Running on the sand burns double the calories than regular running that’s typically done on hard surface. Your muscles have to work extra hard to get you moving in the soft sand which mean more calories to burn. It’s also easier on your joints and is great for strengthening your leg muscles.
Kayaking and Canoeing.
If you don’t have access to the beach, try rowing or kayaking. Many rural areas that are too far from the ocean still have rapids and rivers that are great for boating or kayaking. It’s not only an enjoyable activity but is also wonderful for strengthening and toning your arms and upper body. Also if you live in New York you can enjoy kayaking and canoeing offered by NYC Parks department and is available for free, so check their website for more information.
As you can see there are many fun outdoor activities you can choose from and enjoy in the next few months. So grab a bottle of water, sunscreen and head outdoors instead of sweating out in your regular gym.