Wake up and get outdoors! It’s summer and the party is on! Here’s our list of 9 awesome active activities for you to try! So what are you waiting for? Apply the sunscreen, fuel up on water, and lace up your shoes… let’s go!
1. Beach Volleyball
Did you know that the sand provides natural resistance and actually works your body more than it would playing regular volleyball? It’s true! A 150lb adult can burn up to 260 calories in just 30 minutes. Jump, set, and spike your way through an intense workout!
2. Canoe or Kayaking
Take just one quick look at an Olympic paddler and the benefits of this exercise will be obvious! Paddling a canoe or kayak will strengthen your back, abs, and arms while providing beautiful scenic water views.
Pull out the map and compass because it’s time to get outside! Your local Park and Recreation Department should be able to provide robust trail maps of your community. Hiking is a great way to break up the daily gym or sidewalk routine. Venture through the forest, swamp, desert or whatever happens to be in your neck of the woods. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.
4. Warrior Dash
Channel your inner warrior and take on the ultimate 5k obstacle course that is The Warrior Dash. I recommend getting a team together from your gym. Train together and plan some fun race day costumes. The after party is huge and offers lots of crazy contests! For more information check out warriordash.com.
Spice up your cardio routine and give the glutes a good kick in the butt by adding a stair circuit to your workout. Stairs are everywhere: parks, stadiums, buildings, and if you can’t find any – a hill will suffice. The steeper the better – feel the burn baby! Start with 3 sets of 2-3 climbing minutes and gradually increase your time each week!
6. Stand up Paddle Board
Did you know Hawaiians have been using paddle boards for years to stay fit when the waves are not adequate for surfing? This outdoor activity has become increasingly popular and serves as a total body workout. While paddle boarding, you use a high degree of balance and strength to stay upright while propelling through the water. It’s totally worth an oar of your time!
Take that spin class outdoors and hit the streets. Biking is economically friendly and offers a low impact exercise that’s easy on your joints and great for your heart. Just half an hour on a bike can cut your risk of heart disease in half. So hop on the wheels, invite a friend, and take in the great outdoors.
Tennis matches serve up a very effective workout. Playing on a regular basis can help maintain or improve balance, mobility, agility, strength, and fitness. It’s also a great way to burn calories. Tennis is an effective conditioning activity to work into your summer exercise routine!
Most of us flood to the water to cool off and beat the heat, but your favorite watering hole also offers another way to burn those summer calories. Lap and recreational swimming provides a low impact exercise for the whole body. Swimming recruits all the major muscle groups, including the shoulders, back, abdominals, legs, hips, and glutes. Water resistance also allows you to work on cardiovascular and strength training at the same time!
Make sure to stay well hydrated before any activity, especially in the extreme heat and humidity. And remember to drink plenty of water throughout the exercise.