I don’t know about you, but when I think about working out in the summer, I instantly roll my eyes. It’s not exactly appealing to think about humid days, sweaty workouts (and not because of how intensely you’re working out) and praying you don’t see anyone you know when you’re sweating that badly. If you’re dreading your workouts this summer, try following these tips. They’re sure to get you active this summer, even if you think that summer workouts are the worst.
1. Start Swimming
One of my favorite parts about summer is that it means we can exercise by swimming. If you really want to exercise but don’t love the heat, try swimming. Not only will it cool you down quickly in the summer heat, but it will also alleviate any pressure you’ve put on your joints and muscles. This is personally my favorite way to work out in the summer, because you still get outside but that strong, summer heat doesn’t bother you.
2. Make It a Family Affair
Round up your family and get them to do something together. Whether that means going to the park, going on a hike, or even just going to the bookstore, get them together and then tell everyone you’re walking to your destination. It’s such a fun way to get active with your entire family, even if they complain when they find out what you’ve planned for them!
3. Pull out the YouTube Videos
If you can’t avoid the heat during your workout, stay inside and use YouTube videos. They’re a free way to get an amazing workout in, and they’re usually pretty quick if you’re short on time. More than anything, though, they’re perfect in the summer when it’s too hot to consider working out outside. Plus, you can tailor your workout so easily to all of your favorite exercises, because you control your routine
4. Avoid the Late Afternoon
If you just absolutely need to go outside to get a workout in, consider the time you’re going. Avoid the late afternoon. Try to go early in the morning or late at night. It’s hottest during the afternoon, making it one of the worst times to work out in the summer.
5. Go on Vacation
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean that you need to stop working out. In fact, it could create a new workout routine for you. When you go on vacation, try to pick up one new fitness habit while you’re there. By the time you leave, it will become just an average part of your routine.
6. Try a Fitness Challenge
Gyms everywhere start fitness challenges during the summer, when students are out of school and have more availability than usual. No matter how long the challenge is, or how many days a week it is, doing something routinely is always good for you!
7. Drink Tons of Water
The most important part of being active in the summer is staying hydrated. There are so many reasons to stay hydrated, but most importantly, drinking water will keep you from passing out while you work out, which, in my opinion, is the most important reason to stay hydrated.
What are your favorite ways to stay active in the summer? Give me some new ideas in the comments!