Summer comes with all sorts of good things: sunshine, vacations, freedom from working around your kids’ school schedules, and more opportunities for exercising outdoors. This means breaking up the monotony of going to the gym or having to make it to an indoor strength training class at a certain time. If your spring exercise routine is leaving you feeling a little uninspired, here are seven workouts worth trying this summer that can help you mix things up and have tons of fun in the process.
- Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Also known as SUP, stand-up paddleboarding is a fun way to enjoy a lake, river, or the ocean while getting a full-body workout (and a nice tan). Simply standing on the board is a workout in itself, but SUP is one of the best workouts for toning your abs, strengthening your core, and improving balance.
Boga takes SUP up a notch by combining yoga with balancing on the board. You don’t move through the water to work your core in boga, but you do engage your core muscles by holding yoga poses, all while working with the movement of water.
- Yoga on the Lawn
According to House Method, there are a variety of ways you can switch up your workout this summer to break up the monotony of riding on your at-home cycling machine or taking a walk around the neighborhood. Bring your yoga mat to the front lawn or backyard and invite a few friends or neighbors to join you for a 30-minute session.
It’s time to part ways with the treadmill for a few months and hit the ground running (or hiking or cycling). Take advantage of any parks, mountains, and nature trails near you to breathe in some fresh air while you get your exercise. Not only will you be able to get some fresh air, but you’ll also be able to experience lower stress levels, improve bone density, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- League Sports
Joining a sports league is a great way to get exercise and social interaction at the same time. You’ll get a lesson in how to be a team player, which can carry into both your work and family life, and be able to improve hand-eye coordination that gym workouts sometimes don’t provide.
- Outdoor Court Sports
If you’ve never tried court sports, summer is the best time to do it. Lots of parks provide tennis, basketball, or sand volleyball courts. These activities move you away from a singular plane of motion that treadmills and ellipticals offer. Court sports require directional changes, vertical movements, and bursts of speed.
Another great thing about summer is getting more quality time with your kids. Every one of the previous workouts offer the opportunity to get them involved. Since many leagues or boga classes won’t allow kids, invest in a local pool membership for the summer where you can swim laps and splash around with your kids. Swimming is a great way to build endurance, strengthen your muscles, and maintain a healthy weight.