Summer is a great time to take your workouts outside and try something new. Many of these activities are ones you can do with friends and family to stay active while having fun.
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Stand Up Paddleboarding
Monica from Run Eat Repeat says she has recently fallen in love with stand up paddleboarding. It offers a different perspective than kayaking or canoeing, and many say that the repetitive motion of paddling is relaxing. But, paddleboarding has benefits for your body as well – it provides a cardio workout and requires the use of your core muscles to stay balanced and paddle yourself through the water, which helps builds strength. If you already enjoy paddleboarding, try taking a SUP yoga class, offered at Manhattan Kayak Club and KamaDeva Yoga.
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Beach volleyball isn’t just a great group activity – it’s also a great workout. A 150 pound woman can burn about 500 calories in an hour of beach volleyball. In addition to cardio, you’re getting a total body workout. When you hit the ball, you’re working your arms, back, and chest. As you run through the sand, you’re working your legs and core to stay stable on the uneven surface.
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Janetha from Meals and Moves enjoys taking advantage of the beautiful trails and mountains in Utah, where she lives. Hiking is an inexpensive activity, and it’s great for both your body and mind. The natural formation of hills provide built-in interval training, which can help you burn more calories. Hiking also forces you to maneuver in different ways, which is great for building muscle, especially in your legs.
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Summer is a great time to pick up cycling again. It’s excellent cardiovascular exercise and works your legs and glutes without stressing your joints. Consider riding your bike to and from work to fit in some physical activity into your day.
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Both Jenn from Fit Bottomed Girls and Jess from Big City Little Blog love getting into the pool in the summer. Jess points out that you don’t need to restrict your pool activity to just swimming – treading water and diving are also good exercises. Being in the water is great as it is low impact but creates resistance, so you have to work harder. If you like something more structured, there are a number of aqua fitness classes. Try cycling in the pool at Aqua, or Aqua Cross at Crunch, which combines in-water aerobics with dry land training.