So if you are a bit of a lazy lady, summer could be the best time of the year to start changing your habits. You will feel more enthusiastic about your exercise if it has been performed outside, in the woods or in the field with a lot of fresh air. Once you have established the habit of exercise, you won’t be that lazy to continue. Here are several outdoor exercise activities you can start doing this summer.
This social game may look like an easy peasy game for children, but don’t let it fool you. Playing badminton can be a great exercise, especially since one hour of being focused on the ball and gaining points burns 450 calories. It is great summer fun for all those lazy bugs out there. And the best thing is that you can play it for hours without getting bored. Great for lazy summer afternoons and burning tons of calories, increasing mobility, flexibility and muscle strength.
Ultimate frisbee or just regular frisbee is a great outdoor summer activity you can do with friends. It includes running, jumping and throwing, which is more than enough for something to be considered a practical workout. It also gets you to work on eye-hand coordination while burning calories at the same time. It can be played everywhere, from park to beach, even in water, and it is can easily fit into any bag. It is practical, fun and healthy.
This may seem like a high-school way of having fun, but it’s actually a great exercise. An hour of roller skating burns between 300 and 600 calories while engaging your core, legs and glutes. It is great way to improve your balance. Roller skating during summer can be a great way of socialising with friends. You can also run with your dog this way, so it is a mutual exercise. Also, rolling skates during summer will be a great practice for ice skating in the winter to come, since the principle is the same. Don’t forget to wear protective gear for your elbows and knees in case of a little bumpier road.
If you ever saw professional cyclist competition, you know how people who cycle professionally look like. Their bodies are very well shaped and fit. You don’t need to be a professional to have a it body, though. Cycling is one of the best full-body workouts to keep you fit and healthy. All major muscle groups are engaged as you pedal. Cycling can be done in company of your family and friends which makes it one of the great ways to socialize and workout at the same time. It allows us to be in nature and explore new regions. Professional or not, we should be aware of any possible injuries and have proper equipment such as cycling shoes to prevent them.
During the summer, swimming is, by all means, the most convenient form of exercise and spending time in general. If you have an open water resource nearby such as a lake, river or ocean, swimming should most certainly be your workout of choice. If swimming is your workout of choice, you will burn fat, trim inches and become stronger, fitter and healthier. The great thing about swimming is that you don’t need to take it that systematically, like having to swim a certain number of rounds. Simply, maintaining your body on the water surface is enough of a practice to keep you active, no need to push yourself too hard.
Paddling is also a whole-body workout which involves your core, arms and lower body. It is also considered as one of the peaceful and meditative ways to be active in the nature and enjoy your surroundings.
You can choose between canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Paddling canoe is a little less demanding than a kayak. Anyhow, if you are at a beginner level, you should have an instructor explain the simple principles of paddling and safely practice those at first. It can be done either as a group activity or a solo way of enjoying picturesque rivers and lakes.
Instead of being stuck at a local crowded and sweaty gym, decide to go for a walk. Walking is a great way of fulfilling the amount of recommended daily physical activity while spending time in the open space.. You can choose to go into the woods or by the river and spend some time in the nature, abundant with fresh air and beautiful sights while burning some calories. It is also great for clearing out the thoughts and having some quality me-time. Bear in mind that pope equipment is required for this activity, too.
Implementing regular exercise in our everyday routine is challenging, but worth the effort because it is fun and it delivers a slew of health benefits. Find what activity suits you the best and whether you like to do it alone or in a company, and ditch that lazy gal’s attitude to become the best and healthiest version of yourself.