by Karen Alexander, Sunshima guest blog writer
At last summer has arrived! Here in the UK, we can indulge in that favourite national pastime of discussing the weather and not because it is raining but because it is hot! These precious summer months are a great time to get outdoors and embrace an active lifestyle. With longer days and a warmer climate, there are countless opportunities to engage in physical activities that boost your fitness level and overall well-being. Here we look at seven tips to help you stay active and make the most of the summer season.
Embrace Water Sports and Activities:
When it’ s hot, water sports and activities provide a refreshing and enjoyable way to stay active. Swimming, kayaking, or surfing will not only help you cool down but also engage various muscle groups, promoting strength and cardiovascular fitness. Whether you’re near the beach, a lake, or even have access to a local pool, take advantage of the water and make a splash!
Morning or Evening Workouts:
During the summer, the sun’s heat can make midday workouts challenging. Instead opt for exercising during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening. This allows you to avoid the hottest temperatures while still enjoying outdoor activities like jogging, cycling, or hiking.
Explore Nature with Walking or Hiking:
Summer provides the perfect opportunity to explore nature’s wonders by going for walks or hikes. Look for local trails or parks to discover scenic routes and immerse yourself in the beauty of the great outdoors. Walking or hiking not only offers cardiovascular benefits but also improves mental health and reduces stress. Invite friends or family to join you, making it a social and active adventure.
Engage in Group Sports:
Summer is an excellent time to gather friends, family, or colleagues for group sports activities. Organise a barbeque followed by a friendly game of football, rounders, or cricket. These sports not only promote physical fitness but are enjoyable. And if you want something more structured check out local sports leagues or community centres that offer organised games or tournaments for added fun and competition.
Try Outdoor Yoga or Pilates:
If you prefer a more calming and mindful approach to fitness, outdoor yoga or Pilates can be a great choice. Many parks or open spaces offer yoga or Pilates classes during the summer months, just search online to see what is available nearby. Practicing these disciplines in nature, enhances relaxation, promotes flexibility, strength, and balance. So unroll your mat, breathe in the fresh air, and recharge your body and mind.
Get Involved in Summer Festivities:
Summer is full of vibrant festivals and events. Take advantage of these opportunities to stay active by taking part in fun runs, charity walks, or dance workshops. These events are often organised by the local sports park or leisure centre to promote health, well-being and a sense of community. Look online to see what is happening in your area and check the noticeboard at your local supermarket. These activities will not only help you stay fit and meet like-minded individuals but who knows there may even be some dressing up involved!
Make Everyday Activities Active:
Staying active doesn’t always have to involve structured workouts or sports. You can also look for ways to include physical activity into your daily routine. For example, cycle or walk instead of driving short distances, take the stairs instead of the lift, or enjoy a family bike ride after dinner. By finding creative ways to be active throughout the day, you’ll move more and boost your overall fitness!
With these seven tips in mind, you can make the most of the summer and maintain an active lifestyle. Just remember to stay hydrated, use sunscreen and wear lightweight clothing that will allow your skin to breath. So, whether you prefer water sports, outdoor adventures, group activities, or mindful exercises, there are plenty of options to keep you moving and energised. So, get out there, stay safe and stay fit!