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Keeping Fitness Fun in the Summer: At the Beach

23 Jul 2008

It’s hard to keep your focus on exercise and healthy choices when you’re ready to kick back and enjoy the summer. Luckily enough, working out in the summer doesn’t have to be as burdensome as it was when you made those New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, summer may be the best and most convenient time of year to get some exercise relevant to your active lifestyle.

If you’re a beach dweller, walks and jogs on the beach can give you a great cardiovascular exercise and strengthen muscles in your legs and feet that you can’t target walking around the block or on the treadmill. Next time you make plans to spend a day working on your tan at the beach, take 20-30 minutes to go for a walk or light jog. You can also go for a swim for a total body muscular endurance workout. If you’re not a fan of swimming or the water, you can always crank out a couple sets of push ups, dips, body rows or pull ups, squats, and lunges. Throw in some static stretches for your legs, back, arms, and shoulders in between bouts of sunbathing and you’re on your way to a complete workout.

Lastly, if you’re looking for some more structure to your outdoor exercise, try an outdoor beach boot camp. If you can’t find a boot camp all ready being taught at the beach you frequent, you may be able to talk your fitness professional into holding one regularly for you and a couple friends.

Not a fan of the beach, but still enjoy enjoy getting outdoors in the summer? There are other options aside from the beach. You can read a couple previous posts for other outdoor exercise tips, and see some upcoming entries for more.

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