5 Outdoor Workouts To Add To Your Summer Fitness Routine
Summertime and the workouts are anything but easy. With outdoor patios calling your name louder than the gym, finding the motivation to work out can be tough. Especially when a short five-minute walk in the heat can have you feeling like you just put in an intense spin class. (Sweat counts as a detox, right?) However, embracing the great outdoors can sometimes be the key to keeping up with your healthy workout routine.
Fill up your water bottle and grab an extra workout shirt because below, we’ve compiled a list of five outdoor activities to keep you fit and motivated all summer long.
1. Swimming: Swimming is more than just a workout; it improves cardiovascular health, reduces inflammation and strengthens your heart. It’s also low impact when it comes to your joints, so if something like running causes knee or ankle pain, the fluidity of swimming could be a great alternative for you. Swimming also improves muscle definition throughout your entire body. New to the water and don’t know where to start? We love this swimming plan for beginners from POPSUGAR.
2. Biking: Biking is another great low impact exercise and since it can double as your go-to summer mode of transportation, it’s an extremely practical workout, too. What better way to sneak in a workout than by using it to get you from point A to point B. Don’t forget to always wear a helmet though.
3. Hiking: Exercising isn’t everyone’s favorite past time (lucky you if it is), which is why some of us need to add a little adventure to our workout. Finding a great place to hike is like exercising with a view. If you’re new to hitting the trails, head over to the American Hiking Association to find a route near you or download the AllTrails app to connect to new trails and possibly, fellow hikers.
4. Yoga: Think yoga is only for the studio? Think again. Lead your own hot yoga class or practice your favorite sun salutations all from the comforts of your backyard. Of course, stay cautious. Because it’s hot, your muscles will be looser than usual so pushing yourself too hard can cause an injury. Need some inspiration? Check out Do You Yoga’s Outdoor Yoga Guide for everything you need to get started.
5. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP): It doesn’t get more close to nature than this water lover’s dream sport. A true total-body workout, SUP is one of the best ways to break a sweat and have some fun while you’re doing it. Curious to try it out? Check out this first timer’s guide to stand-up paddleboarding from Men’s Fitness and learn the top three basic standup paddling skills from SUP Magazine and you’ll be a pro in no time.
No matter what outdoor exercise you choose to add to your routine, always be sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and stay cautious with the heat.