The Summer Get-Right Series Part 1: Exercise

by Marc A. 

Hey everyone, hope you've been having a great week!

We all know that even though summer doesn't officially begin until June 21st, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. And what comes with summer? The beach, barbecues, vacations, outdoor concerts and all types of other fun! That doesn't mean our workout should suffer though during the summer right? In fact, during the summer months it's even easier to get that workout in. Many of you spent the fall and winter cooped up in the gym and now it's time to get some fresh air for the next few months now that it's getting warmer.

Welcome to Part 1 (of 2) of the Summer Get-Right Series, the Exercise portion. If you're new to outdoor exercise or looking for ways to get your workout in outside the gym, read on, this will help.

So let's get started...

1. Swimming. I know plenty of you will be getting in some time in at the beach or your pool or a friend's pool or what have you. Swimming is a great workout especially in the summer because it burns calories as well as cools you off on a hot day. Not only that, it's low impact so if you have knee or leg issues or you'd just rather not run, nothing like a good swim to get your burn on.

2. Walking. Walking is one of the simplest workouts you can get in anywhere and virtually anytime. Take a walk first thing in the AM before work, at lunch, after dinner. Park your car away from the office and walk the rest of the way to work.  Take the stairs instead of the escalator or the elevator. All these are great non intrusive ways to burn calories by walking but if you have the time, just take an hour and go for a long walk.

3. Hiking. While some may classify hiking as the same as walking, I assure you, even though they may look similar, they are two different beasts. Hiking is a combination of walking AND climbing and it's definitely more of an intense workout than a brisk stroll around the park. It attacks your full body and will definitely leave you feeling it the next day. Nothing beats a hike if you want to channel your inner explorer while taking in the beautiful scenery of nature.

4. Use the park for strength training.  Outside of simply running or walking in it, you can use the park to strength train as well. Use a bench to do incline and decline pushups and bench dips. Use the monkey bars in the playground or a tree limb to do pull ups. Climb the jungle gym. Unless you're looking to get bigger, nothing beats your own body weight for strength training.

5. Sports. There are plenty of outdoor sports leagues available in the summer, some free, some at a cost. If you don't want to do that, perhaps you can gather some friends and get a football, softball, basketball, tennis, volleyball or even a golf game going.  The possibilities are endless! Team sports are also a great way to bond with people and get some of that mental wellness happening that we spoke of last week.

6. Dancing.  Between the music at barbecues and outdoor concerts and events, there will be plenty of opportunities to shake your tail feather and it's actually a very effective workout. Depending on the style of dance, you can work your core, legs, and your arms. It's also great for your well being because it makes you feel so great inside when you enjoy it.

7. Biking. Biking, like walking can be thrown in as part of your day even if you didn't plan your workout. Bike to and from work. Going to the store? Take the bike instead of the car. It always works best when you plan it though so you can set aside some time to really take in the area you're riding in. Next thing you know, a couple of hours have passed on a nice weekend ride and you didn't even notice. When you ride though, pedal the whole time. Don't just coast because then you lose out on some of the exercise.

These are just a handful of great way to take your exercise outdoors. How do you like to work out during the summer?

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