10 Exercises for a Healthier Summer

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness, Health | Posted on 21-06-2013-05-2008

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10 Exercises for a Healthier Summer

Summer is one of the best times of the year for exercising, because of the beautiful weather and all the opportunities to try new things. However, it can be very difficult to get out of the loop of your normal routine to try something different. Exercising in the summer can be an especially rewarding experience if you explore your boundaries and try something new.

Tennis

Tennis is a favorite summer activity for many, because it’s not only a fun sport, but a great exercise. Playing tennis burns fat by mixing aerobic fitness with bursts of intensity, and also assists in improving your general body coordination and motor control.

Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball is a fantastic summer alternative to regular volleyball, because the sand on the beach acts as a great natural resistance, and adds another dynamic not found in the game traditionally. Beach Volleyball also helps tone your arms, legs, and even abs. One of the best parts about the sport, however, is that it provides an opportunity for you to show your body publicly and comfortably, while meeting new people.

Jogging

While jogging isn’t a strictly summer exercise, jogging in the summer is great because you get to visit new areas (as well as revisit old ones) without the worry of bad weather ruining your workout. Before jogging, make sure to warm-up beforehand, so you don’t hurt your knees or pull a muscle.

Hiking

For those who don’t like jogging, hiking can be a great alternative. Unlike jogging, hiking on a mountain trail is a slower, relaxing experience that still provides a great workout. Hiking puts a lot of pressure on your bones and encourages a healthy bone structure. Exercises like hiking also reduce the risk of high-blood pressure, and actually lowers blood pressure by 4-10 points, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Association.

Yoga

Yoga has become very popular with both men and women, because of its usefulness as a way to reduce stress. Yoga helps with your balance, range of motion, and strength, while also reducing the risk of developing a chronic disease. One of the best things about Yoga, is that you can do it nearly anywhere, as long as you have a yogamat on you.

Swimming

Swimming is a unique aerobic exercise because it allows you to work your body without major impact to your spine and skeletal system. Swimming is especially useful because it helps you develop more range of motion with your arms and legs, with the water acting as a resistance and as a weight, helping you grow the muscles in your body. Swimming is also great because you can swim at a beach, lake, pool, or waterpark, and meet plenty of new people while doing it.

Cycling

Bicycling is unique because it appeals to nearly all age ranges and groups: people, both young and old, can ride a bike. Cycling isn’t a high-impact sport, but instead works your joints gently while also strengthening the cartilage in your legs.

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee is a sport, played mostly by college-age people, that could just as easily be called “Frisbee Football.” While the game might appear to be childish to some, there are actually some legitimate gains to playing. Ultimate Frisbee builds up speed and stamina, while also developing leadership and team skills.

Golf

Although a calm “gentleman’s sport”, golf is very beneficial to your health because of how much of your body is involved. Golf involves a lot of walking from hole to hole, as well as upper body involvement when you swing to take a shot.

Kayaking

Kayaking is a fun and rewarding way to get exercise out in nature. While paddling, a strong stroke will use every muscle in your upper body, and even some of your lower body and other core muscles as well. Kayaking is also a fun social activity, and is especially fun in groups.

Summer is a great time of year to explore different workouts, and stray from the monotony of a year-long routine. If you stay open minded while exercising, you are bound to get some personal wins and milestones. Who knows, you may even discover a new workout to add to your routine!

 

About The Author: Shawn Tremaine is a personal trainer and health and fitness writer, and has reviewed MindBodyMojo’s guide to Chicago yoga. When he’s not working on helping others increase their health, he likes to spend it coaching his little boys soccer team.

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