It’s easy to find ways to exercise in the summer! Take advantage of the weather for outdoor fitness.
Why should I exercise outdoors?
Fitness goals are easier to meet when you’re working out outside – in fact, there’s even speculation that working out in direct sunlight, which increases your mood, helps adults to exercise for longer periods of time and remain more committed to their workouts.
Try these simple, free ways to enjoy exercise in the great outdoors:
- Running on trails or the beach
- An outdoor workout
- Walking your dog
- Yoga on the beach
- Canoeing or kayaking
- Playing a sport at an outdoor court or field
- ______ (Fill in the blank!)
How do I get started?
Hit the Beach. The beach is a great resource for any number of outdoor activities, whether you are there to swim salt water laps or enjoy a game of sand volleyball. Beach activities don’t have to focus on swimwear, either. Jogging along the shoreline, doing yoga or a workout in the sand, or walking your dog are all fun, effective ways to burn calories at the beach this summer!
Work Out with Water. Take advantage of warmer water temperatures – visit local lakes, beaches, or pools this summer for a water workout. If it’s calm, you could even try exercise in the ocean! There are many options for exercise both in the water and on it, from diving, water aerobics, and snorkeling, to rowing, sailing, or surfing.
Head to the Hills. When it comes to getting good exercise this summer, a long hike could be the most effective of all. Whether you stick to state parks or explore more taxing terrain, hiking and climbing can combine calorie burning, strength training, and cardio exercise into one activity. As with all sports, never attempt an exercise more strenuous than your fitness level will safely allow.
Establishing good exercise habits is an important step toward weight loss success – and the Garcia Weight Loss and Wellness Program can help you get started. Want to learn more? Schedule a no-cost, no-consultation obligation right now!
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Medically reviewed by Jay J. Garcia, MD on June 3, 2013