Make The Most of Your Summer Workout!
Best Summer Workout
By Elizabeth Henderson
Summer is just beginning and there’s so much you can do to make the most of the sunshine, long days, and warm weather all while maximizing your health and fitness.
Run On The Beach
Live near a beach or coastline? Running on the beach is great cardio and it can help define your legs and butt. The sand provides natural resistance and increases exercise difficulty. Not to mention you’ll have a gorgeous view or backdrop to keep you motivated. Not up for a run? A long walk can be just a good.
Take A Swim
Outdoor pool, ocean, or lake- make the most of it if it is available to you. Swimming is the perfect exercise- its cardio and works just about every muscle in your body. It is also cool and refreshing on a hot summer day so, take in a few laps.
Stand-up Paddelboarding has become a new exercise craze and phenomenon. Its another great summer activity that you can do on any body of water. Not to mention you will be able to see and take in almost everything around you! Stand up paddleboarding is great to help build core and abdominal stability as well as upper body strength.
Take A Hike
Enjoy the quiet and all that nature has to surround you by taking a hike in the nearby woods or canyons. The varying levels of terrain can add a challenge, help you build stability, and force you to use muscles you don’t normally use (or use them in a different way). Not near any good trails? Make it an urban hike in your city. Find a neighborhood or park you like or aren’t familiar with and explore. You can also Google hikes in your city or town, you might be surprised by what you find. For an extra credit, turn that hike into a run.
As always, be sure to keep yourself protected and well hydrated while exercising outdoors. If possible start your workout in the early morning or late afternoon after 3pm when the sun won’t be as strong. Wear a hat or visor and plenty of water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Have water nearby to stay hydrated and aim to keep your workout no longer than an hour.
Here’s to a great summer!
Elizabeth Henderson is a NASM certified personal trainer based in Los Angeles specializing in pre-and-post natal fitness. For more information, tips, and workouts visit her webiste at www.newmompersonaltraining.