When thinking of keeping ‘fit’ so many people automatically think of the gym immediately. The gym is a great place to get your daily exercise in, but it is not the only place and it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It also depends what exactly you want to achieve with your body. If you want to have the aesthetics of a body-builder or fitness model, then you may just have to put in some time in the gym, but if your goal is to just be fit and healthy, there are so many other activities that you can do.
It all comes down to finding what you enjoy doing and making it into a regular activity.
When the weather’s warm and all your friends are enjoying themselves out at bars and pubs, the thought of working out can be soul destroying. But with such fine weather and long light evenings to be enjoyed, there are plenty of alternative ways to keep fit in summer that it’s well worth picking up a new hobby to keep you in shape and enjoying the outdoors in the warmer months.
Here’s a few fun fitness activities to start in summer:
Hit the Surf
If you’re lucky enough to live by the sea, surfing is an amazing and fun way to keep fit in the summer months. Getting your friends together to hit the beach for fun days out in the sun, even for just some swimming in the ocean. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never surfed before as there are plenty of beaches where you’ll be able to have a beginner’s lesson or try out body boarding as a gentler introduction to the sport.
If you don’t know who to ask, start at one of the popular hotels, they usually have some contacts for you.
Skating (skateboarding or roller blading) is a great way to get out and about in summer and can be done anywhere as long as you have a skate board. Not only can you make loads of new friends from skating as there are so many different groups and places to do it, from skate parks to the streets, it’s also really good for you.
Skating is such a social hobby that it can take you all over the country and even overseas if you get really good, so why not be adventurous and try it out as an alternative fitness activity today.
Take up Cycling
Cycling is a great summer fitness activity and something that’s open to all, regardless of age or ability. Whether it’s getting out and cycling on the local nature trail or going at a faster pace on the roads, there’s plenty of cycling to be enjoyed and you can enjoy it with friends or alone. An even better way to incorporate cycling into your daily routine in summer is to cycle to work and back instead of taking the car, this way you’ll get to benefit from the fresh air on the way to work and on the way back.
Take a walk
The simplest things are sometimes the best. Instead of being cooped up in the house behind a screen, take a walk outside, go explore a new place that you have never been. It doesn’t have to be far it can be just down the street. Walking is a great way to calm the mind and to de-stress. Even better, if you have a dog, take him/her for a walk or go outside and play with your pet!
Summer is all about being outside and enjoying the gorgeous weather and by doing these outdoor fitness activities instead of being inside you’ll be able to get the benefits of both.
These activities might sound kind of common and cliché, but many people need to be reminded of the options that they have available to them, to get them to get up and do them! This is also is a way to open your mind to find ways to keep fit without having to be confined to the conventional ways.