Changing your workout routine could give your body that extra oomph it needs to break out of your rut. And with the great summer weather across the country, give these a try…
Trail running is a massive trend at the moment, and with good reason. Our beautiful summer climate means you have an incentive to exercise, and organised events will usually guarantee a scenic route and destination. The rocky terrain means you are stimulated physically and mentally while you move, all with the added benefit of fresh air and vitamin D.
Walk and talk
Instead of a sit-down lunch, meet your friends in the park and enjoy a brisk walk while you talk. You will be burning calories while you catch up, and absorbing some quality time in the sun.
Switch to sand
No matter the activity, the beach provides a perfect backdrop for exercise. Instead of tanning, pack plenty of throw-and-catch games for you and your family to enjoy. If you like to run, loose the shoes and take it to the shoreline, where you will be far more challenged by the unsteady surface.
Get fit in the garden
A few key pieces of equipment can transform your home into a hive of activity. Gardens or outdoor entertainment areas make wonderful sports grounds; so invest in a stand-alone trampoline, volleyball/badminton net, or basketball hoop. You will be encouraging more outdoor activity, whilst merging fitness with precious family time.
Train in the park
The kiddies’ jungle gym is exercise equipment in disguise. Practise standing push-ups against a low beam of the jungle gym, and try some leg lifts while hanging from the monkey bars, equivalent to a sit-up. Head over to the nearest park bench for some tricep dips and squats, and for your cool down – hit the swings!
Find a good cause: If you struggle with motivation, sign yourself and your friends up for charity walks and fun runs. Not only are you getting a guaranteed workout and feeling encouraged to exercise in preparation, you’ll enjoy a social experience with your friends whilst supporting a good cause.