Summertime Happy: Get Moving Outside

If you are like me, you’d agree that summer is the best season. The warm sunshine, weekend cookouts, driving home from work with the windows down, afternoon dips in the pool, and trips to the beach. The list is endless, and there is just something about the summertime that elevates my mood and makes me instantly sunnier.

As the nicer weather has finally made its appearance, I know it can be challenging to find time to exercise. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy going to the gym, but I live in a beach town and find myself always itching to get to the ocean as soon as the weekend hits!

Throughout my fitness journey and working with clients, I have come up with so many different ways to have an effective workout while still enjoying the great outdoors. Please keep in mind that if your summers tend to be like it is here in NC, stay hydrated, and don’t let yourself get overheated. It’s so easy to do, and so important to remember.

Stock up on inexpensive supplies. 

I have bought a lot of my outdoor supplies from Target. A ladder for drills, cones to running, jump rope because you can do that anywhere, a yoga mat, resistance bands, and a medicine ball.

Just those few items can produce an extremely effective workout plan. If you plan on using these tools outdoors, maybe even try to find used equipment. Trust me; they will get dirty!

Swim into a summer workout routine.

I can go on and on about the many benefits of swimming but here are just a few:

  • It’s easier on the joints.
  • The calories you burn are doubled.
  • It’s fun! You don’t have to be the next Michael Phelps in the water but try and do a few laps next time you’re in the pool, or even just tread water. Either way, it’s enjoyable and a great workout!

Start riding.

Bike rides are a great workout and can be fun with you and your entire family. Whether it’s a beautiful ride through the neighborhood or doing intervals uphill through the park. Whatever intensity you choose, you are still getting out there and becoming active. That’s what’s important!

Get on board.

Last but not least, one thing I like to do for my workouts is paddle boarding. I can’t recommend it enough. If you don’t live near a beach, that’s ok. Maybe a lake? You guys, I can’t stress enough how fun and exhausting it can be (if done accurately). Rent before you buy and always take a buddy!

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Let’s kick summer off the fun and healthy way! Get outside, spend time with the family, and encourage others around you to get up and get active. Working out is always more enjoyable doing it with those who uplift you.

Please let us know what you end up doing this summer to stay fit and appreciate the outdoors on our Facebook page. We would love to hear from you!

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