Summer Fitness Resolutions
If you’re one of the 98 percent of people who fell off the New Year’s resolutions wagon months ago, we have good news for you because summer is the ideal time to set fitness goals. The combination of warmer weather, longer days and more options for staying active is a potent recipe for sticking to your resolutions.
Take it outside
Summer opens up a wide range of outdoor workout possibilities — from running and hiking to kayaking and waterskiing. Along with the obvious benefits, a recent study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology shows that exercising can boost your immune system, relieve stress and give you more energy. Plus, being outdoors raises your levels of vitamin D — which improves your heart health, promotes healthy bone growth and can boost your mood. Best of all, mixing up your workout will keep you motivated and less likely to become bored or quit. Check out some of our favorite outdoor workouts.
Keep your options open
There will be times when exercising outside may not be an option — when it’s too hot or too dark. That’s not an excuse for missing a workout, however. Which is why exercise physiologist and BowFlex fitness advisor Tom Holland recommends having home fitness equipment readily available. According to Holland, the fewer barriers there are, the more likely people will stick with their fitness goals. A treadmill allows you to fit in your workout whenever it’s convenient. Try hopping on your treadmill to walk while watching your favorite TV show; you’ll burn more calories than if you were sitting on the couch.
Get fit as a family
As the saying goes, the family that plays together stays together, and summer is the perfect time to explore new activities. Geocaching treasure hunts, guided night hikes and underwater hockey are all exciting alternatives to letting the kids spend hours glued to their electronic devices. If you’re looking for more outdoor activities, VeryWell Family has you covered.