Summer is finally here! That mean’s the pressure is on to stay fit. It’s the time of  the year where BBQ’s, pool parties,  and loved ones and lots of food are in full swing. It’s also the perfect time to take your fitness out doors because who wants to be stuck in a gym or fitness studio when the sun is shining and the weather is HOT!  I know I don’t!  But don’t worry I got you covered. Don’t let your fitness sit on the back burner this summer.  Instead, take your fitness outdoors with these fun activities that will help you stay fit this summer and be bursting with energy.

  1. Swimming – Water aerobics is great way to make the most of the swimming pool. Swimming is a great full body workout, especially if you have joint issues. The water eliminates the shock impact that you would typically get from running.  Like yoga you can do it anywhere as long as there is water of course.

2. Hiking- Mother nature has so much to offer to us. Grab a buddy and hit some hiking trails together. The elevations of the hills and slopes will for sure raise your heart rate and break a sweat Not only do you get to chat and catch up you get a killer workout in. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

3. Running- Running is a great way to get your heart rate up and burn a lot of calories. Hitting the track to do interval sprints or running a trail are great options. Try waking up an hour early to get a morning run in. This will set your mood and energy for the day and best of all your workout is done for the day and wont have to worry about doing it later on.

4.Walking- If you’re not into running then go for a walk! 10 minutes of walking a day has been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease, improve energy and mood , maintain weight and increase your  metabolism. After all,  you are going to need a fast metabolism to metabolize all the yummy foods you will be eating this summer,

5. Rollerblading- Rollerblading offers an abundance of health benefits coupled with lots of fun. It is an effective calorie burner and can help maintain body weight. It increases endurance and improves coordination. It firms the upper leg muscles, buttocks, hips, and lower back muscles and is another great low impact sport on the joints.

 6. Cycling – Bike rides are a fantastic activity when the sun is shining. You can pack a picnic and  hit some bike trails and stop along the way to eat and take in the scenery.  If you suffer from joint pain, cycling is very low impact and is  a lot easier on your legs, ankles, knees and feet than running is. Not only is cycling a great way of keeping your fitness up, but it is also a great mode of transport. Ditch your car for the day and bike to work!

6. Canoeing or Kayaking- Don’t underestimate this one! Canoeing and kayaking are low impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. This is an amazing upper body workout. Trust me when I say this , your upper body will be screaming at you to take a break after 10 minutes!

7. Yoga– The good thing about yoga is you can do it absolutely anywhere. Sometimes all we need is a change of scenery to make the experience 10 time better.  Yoga is meant to relax your body and clear your mind and setting your mat at a beach or park will for sure  relax you even further. So don’t forget to pack your mat for your next adventure.

8. Park Games- Grab a friend and head to the park and just play! Throw a frisbee, play ball and catch , or toss a football. The possibilities are endless! Just get out enjoy the sun and nature and move in anyway you can.

9. Slack Lining – Slacklining is sport of balancing on a rope or strip of webbing that is fixed high above the ground. It is great for improving balance, posture and concentration. Talk about a workout of the core and the mind!  Slackline can be done at the beach between two palm trees or at the park. All you need is a dependable slackline and friend.

10. Outdoor Cardio Challenge – Who needs the treadmill? Grab a mat (or towel), get outside and get down to business, 4 sets of 15 Long Jumps, 15 Pushups, 15 Sumo Squats, 15 Burpees, 15 Bicycle Crunches: 15 Mountain Climbers will really get your heart pumping and sweating buckets. Time yourself and try to beat your best time with your next workout, or challenge a friend!