Summer is here and the living is relaxing. For a few months our routines are changed as kids are out of school and vacations commence. Although our schedules have changed, that doesn’t mean we should stop our fitness routines. Nevertheless, seasonal changes mean finding other outlets for exercising, no matter what you are doing. Here’s how to incorporate a fitness regimen into your summer fun.
Stroll the beach. If your vacation plans take you to the beach, then the shoreline is the perfect place to get a work out. Early risers love the shore as they can walk miles without interruption. Take off your shoes and walk bear foot along the water’s edge. The sand here is wet and firm, easy for walking. Comb the beach if you desire, picking up shells and taking note of whatever else has washed up. Stroll at least a mile in one direction, then pick up the pace on your return.
Cycle the boardwalk. Some beach communities offer boardwalks, a favorite place for cyclists, especially early in the morning. Boardwalks provide a view of the shore as well as the stores lining same. The Wildwoods boardwalk in New Jersey is a popular place for cyclists, offering a two-mile span in each direction for walking or cycling. As you can imagine, you can give your leg muscles a work out, and increase your heart rate. How rigorous of a workout you want is up to you.
Hit the trails. Whether your trip takes you to the beach, on to a mountain or to the lake, there are walking trails available. Secure a map, discover what trails are available, and how rigorous each one is. Of course, you’ll get a more comprehensive workout if your trail is difficult, requiring you to navigate hilly or sandy terrain and do so for several miles. Here, you’ll want to be properly dressed for the adventure, wearing sturdy footwear and bringing with you water and a snack. Put in two or three hours of walking and hiking, and you’ll enjoy a workout for the ages notes Fitness19.
Row, row, row your boat. Lake life is boating and there is no better exercise than rowing your own. A boat, that is. You’ve used a rowing machine at the gym, now you can experience the real thing with sun, wind and crisp air making a big difference while on the lake. Rowing tones your muscles, provides cardiovascular benefits, reduces stress, and contributes to weight loss. An unrelated benefit are the many fish you may catch if you incorporate this activity with rowing.
Go fly a kite. Kite flying is so very sedentary, right? Absolutely not. Its main benefit is connecting you to nature. Kite flying also reduces stress. Done right, kite flying will help you stretch your neck and arm muscles and can also benefit your leg muscles whether your walk or run with it. Flying a kite will also connect you with your childhood and all the fun you had way back when.
Carry a load. You may be exercising while on vacation and not even realize it. Indeed, if you carry a load, such as backpack, you’re building muscle strength and losing calories. Even loading and unloading a car can put your body to the test, ensuring you get the workout you need. Just think how much exercise you are getting as you set up a tent, get the kids ready for water, or engage in a myriad number of tasks.
Realign Your Expectations
For some people, enjoying a vacation is difficult to do, especially if they’re concerned their fitness regimen will suffer. Well, it will. At the same time, the mental break you get will benefit you enormously and provide you with the impetus you need to resume your workouts once you are back home.