Summertime Happy: Get Moving Outside

From our NORM Healthy Manager:

If you are like me, then you’d agree that summer is the best season, hands down. The warm weather, sunshine, cookouts, driving home from work with the windows down, taking afternoon dips in the pool, beach trips, I mean should I go on? Seriously, there is just something about the summertime that shifts my mood and makes me instantly happier. 

As the nicer weather has finally made its appearance, I know it can be difficult to find time to workout. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy going to the gym, but I live in a beach town and find myself always itching to get to the ocean ASAP on the weekends. 

Throughout the years of my fitness journey and working with clients, I have come up with so many different ways to have an effective workout while still enjoying the great outdoors. Please keep in mind that if your summers tend to be like it is here in NC, stay hydrated and don’t let yourself get overheated. It’s easy to do, but important to remember. 

First things first, buy the supplies. I have bought a lot of my outdoor supplies from Target. A ladder for drills, cones to running, jump rope because you can do that anywhere, a yoga mat, resistance bands and a medicine ball. Just those items can produce an effective workout plan. If you plan on using these outdoors, maybe even try to find used equipment. Trust me, they will get dirty. 

Second, swimming! I can go on and on about how great of an exercise swimming is! It’s easy on your joints, the calories you burn are doubled and most of all, it’s enjoyable. You don’t have to be the next Micheal Phelps in the water, but try and do a few laps next time you’re in the pool, or even tread water. Either way, it’s fun and a great workout! 

Thirdly, get on a bike! Bike rides are a great workout and can be a lot of fun with you and your entire family. Whether it’s a nice ride through the neighborhood, or doing intervals uphill through the park. Whatever intensity you choose, you are still getting out there and becoming active. That’s what’s important! 

Last but not least, one thing I like to do for my workouts is paddle boarding. I can’t recommend it enough. If you don’t live near a beach, that’s ok. Maybe a lake? You guys, I can’t stress enough how fun and exhausting it can be (if done accurately). Rent before you buy and always take a buddy! 

Let’s kick summer 2019 off the fun way! Get outside, spend time with the family and encourage others around you to get up and get active with you. Working out is always more enjoyable doing it with those who uplift you. 

Please let us know what you end up doing this summer to stay fit and appreciate the outdoors, we want to know! 

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