There are many reasons why exercising in the summer is fun and more feasible than ever. For starters, there is much more daylight during the summer, so you can get outside for more hours, say from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (rather than 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter). Your schedule may be less hectic in the summer and give you the leisure time to devote to fitness. Just thinking about being outside may bring to mind fun and free exercise ideas. But if not, consider these favorites.
A Boot Camp With Your Friends
Whether you are a veteran of a paid program or not, you can start your own free boot camp with friends. Hold a session in a public space, a common area in your neighborhood, or your backyard if there is enough room to exercise without disturbing others. Use online resources like this one to create your own outdoor boot camp.
Run Some Hills
If you want to build your fitness capacity, running up hills in your neighborhood or a local park is a simple way to get strong. Take about 20-30 minutes in the morning, afternoon, or evening once a week to tackle hills. This exercise can help you get ready for local 5K runs.
Walk The Neighborhood
Summer is a great time to start walking, especially if you are just beginning to exercise. Get up early to stroll before work for a great start to a busy day. Or, take time to walk in the evening for a relaxing end to a stressful day.
Go Swimming At The Pool
Sure, pool memberships can cost you. But you may have access to a pool at no charge sometime during the summer. Bring your swimsuit when you travel for work or leisure (swimming privileges may be included in your lodging rate at hotels or resorts) or go to a neighborhood pool party.
Jump Rope Outside
Do a quick workout on your driveway. If you’ve never tried jumping rope a la Rocky, you may be surprised at how demanding and rewarding this exercise is. For more ideas on technique, see this article from Real Simple on jump-rope workouts.
Run-on Outdoor Trail Or Track
If you want to exercise with the entire family or a group of friends with varying fitness levels, consider going to a multi-use trail, cross-country trail, or outdoor track. In my area, you can find these at public spaces run by the city and county park systems, local Y (outdoor areas are available to members and non-members alike), and even a public garden with green space frequented by area distance runners.
It is so important for both our physical and mental health to do in the summer. Mixing things up means you can much more interested in putting on various activities and heading out under the sunshine to enjoy the summer and shape your body’s summer goals.