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10 Summer Activities to Jumpstart Your Fitness Routine

Summer is a great time to mix up your fitness routine with some outdoor activity, and add some new life to your workouts. Many summer exercise activities are fun as well as a good workout.

The list below is intended to give you some ideas. Maybe you’ll decide to try a new activity or something you haven’t done in a while. I also provide some safety tips, but make sure you use common sense or ask an expert if you are not sure.

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Exploring

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This category includes cycling, hiking and walking. Summer is a great time to explore. Whether it is hiking in the mountains or walking in your neighborhood. Cover up or wear sunscreen. You may also need mosquito repellent. If it is hot, drink lots of water and take rest breaks when you need them. It will be much more enjoyable with proper equipment (bikes or shoes).

Cycling

Cycling is a great cardiovascular exercise and can be a form of interval training if you do hills as well. Wear a helmet and make sure your bike is fitted properly for you. Bike stores are usually better than department stores for making sure the bike is right for you. You can also try renting a bike. Many cities have pathways for cycling where you won’t have to worry about traffic.

Hiking

Hiking is one of my favourite activities in the summer. I am lucky to live close to the mountains and lots of hiking trails. Make sure you dress appropriately and are prepared for the conditions. Carry bear spray and hike in a group if in an area frequented by bears. Hiking down hill can be harder on the knees than uphill if you are not used to it. A rolling trail is a better way to get started (or back into) hiking than a trail up a mountain.

Walking

If you don’t have easy access to trails walking is a good alternative to hiking. Walking can be done almost anywhere. City pathways are often great places for a walk. Or explore your neighbourhood, or another neighbourhood. Wear comfortable shoes and start small.

Water sports

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Water exercises are great when it is really hot and you don’t feel like doing anything on land. If you are in an outdoor pool be sure to wear sunscreen. Life jackets are a must when you are out on a boat or board.

 

Swimming

Swimming is great exercise, but it does require some skill. If it is something you enjoy and you have access to water it may be worth it to take some lessons. If you are swimming in open water check for safety such as undercurrents, pollution and watercraft.

Stand up paddle boarding

Another way to get on the water is stand up paddle boarding. I don’t live in a place that has easy access to water, so I have never tried it. Balance and core strength is required to keep you upright.

Canoeing, Kayaking and Rowing

Get out on the water and try some canoeing, kayaking or rowing. You can rent boats in many locations to try it. Inflatable boats are also a good, easily transportable option. Make sure the lake or river that you are using meets your ability. Don’t try kayaking in the rapids until you have mastered kayaking in still water.

Dragon boat racing is becoming popular with women of all ages. Teams take this seriously and train for it like any sport so you are sure to improve your fitness and have some fun.

Paddle boats

A relaxed option for a sunny afternoon is renting paddle boats. These boats are powered by pedals like a bicycle. They are easy to use, but don’t expect to go very fast, or have much control over where you are going.

Outdoor classes:

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In the summer you can often find fitness classes that have moved outdoors. Being outside can make the workout seem easier and more enjoyable. Sunscreen and mosquito repellent may be necessary.

Outdoor bootcamps

Outdoor bootcamps are popular in many cities. Look for signs around your neighborhood, or Google “outdoor bootcamps in yourcity” to find what is available in your area. If you are not sure it’s for you, ask if you can try a class before signing up.

Outdoor yoga classes

Practicing yoga outside is wonderful. Many people find that yoga outside is more relaxing. Feeling the breeze and hearing the birds chirp gets you into a more relaxed mental state.

 

Just having fun:

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Frisbee or Frisbee golf

Tossing a frisbee around is easy way to get some exercise. Get your family or friends out to a park in an afternoon or evening for some laughs and some exercise.

Some parks have frisbee golf courses, or you can set up your own course (use trees or other landmarks as your holes). You can get more exercise than regular golfing and it requires less skill.

These options are meant to give you some ideas. Refresh your fitness routine or get started building a healthier lifestyle. If you are looking for weight loss tips specifically for menopausal women, download this free guide.

 

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