Summer is right around the corner, and with that comes lots of outdoor activities and fun at the beach. If you don’t own a surfboard or kayak, there are still lots of easy ways to get toned for summer. Give these a shot and watch your body feel stronger, leaner, and more capable going into summer!
Most cities have kilometers of walking trails running through them, often leading to great views! Whether you live near the mountains, the beach, or in a concrete jungle, getting out and walking in nature is one of the best things you can do for your health. People in blue zones (who live long, healthy lives) tend to walk every day, and this has been linked to lower stress hormones and a longer lifespan.
2) Home workouts
When I’m feeling pinched for time, I look to YouTube for workout inspiration. You can find videos that will take you through zumba lessons, cardio, HIIT, yoga, or dance. The possibilities are endless, and in just 15 - 20 minutes, you can get a great workout in. One of my favourite channels is tone it up, because most of the workouts are filmed at the beach!
Speaking of the beach, if you’re lucky enough to live near one, this is a great way to get some daily movement in. If you don’t, there are usually lakes you can drive to, or make use of a friend’s backyard pool. Spending an afternoon in the water is a great low-impact activity that burns more calories than you would expect!
Although this does require the initial cost of the bike, cycling is a great activity to do during the drier months of summer. Whether it’s road biking, mountain biking, or just touring through your city, grabbing a friend and a helmet will get your legs toned faster than you can say “SoulCycle!”.
One of my favourite fun, free activities is dancing! Of course you can do this alone in your living room, but it’s also fun to head out for a night on the town and let loose with your girlfriends and/or significant other. Many clubs and restaurants offer free beginner classes on weekends, so be sure to check out what’s going on in your area this summer!
Other free summer activities include beach volleyball, going for a run, and playing yard games at the park. What's your favourite way to get out and get moving when the sun is out?