Summer’s just around the corner and we are all looking forward to an abundance of warm, sunny days. However, for you, this summer will not be like any other because you are finally going to upgrade your fitness level! Long winter, changeable weather with April showers were perfect excuses for not exercising outside. With summer coming along, you’re definitely running out of them, so let’s find you an outdoor activity that will absolutely suit you.
The most obvious, and supposedly one of the most beneficial, swimming helps you increase your strength and endurance and keep your heart healthy. What’s especially great about this sport is that you can make it both a relaxing and challenging activity. You set your own pace and you can change as many swimming styles as you want to while in the water, or just stick to the one you prefer the most. Of course, do take care that the environment (lake, river, pool) is safe for swimming.
Another cool activity for building up stamina and increasing heart rate, but in a completely different way. Summer is the right time for rock climbing, so pack up your gear and head for the hills. If you have had problems with your posture, rock climbing will take care of it as this sport makes you work on your core muscles, not just arms and legs.
If you’ve always loved tennis, but you’re not the most skilled person when it comes to hitting the ball and reacting in a millisecond, how about playing badminton? It’s much more relaxing, yet it also requires from you a whole range of movement which will make your muscles burn. As a matter of fact, if you take a look at all the badminton exercises you should do to enhance your performance, you’ll see that there’s much more to this sport than meets the eye.
It can’t get more straightforward than this. Summer mornings or evenings are just perfect for a jog or a quick run, and all you need is a t-shirt, tracksuit, and some good running shoes. Perhaps some music, in case you need extra motivation. Also, if you start running now, chances are you’ll get hooked and you’ll prefer to continue this activity in other seasons, too.
If you already have a bike, how about taking it one step further and increasing your mileage? This summer, instead of s a short ride, decide on a cycling route and take some time to relish the pure joy of riding a bike, rather than doing it just to get to the supermarket or some other shop. It’s both relaxing and physically demanding.
Soccer or football, depending on where you come from, is real adrenaline boosting the sport. If you like teamwork, fun, and excitement, then it’s high time you went to the pitch and started playing. After all, soccer is one of the most popular sports in the whole world and probably for a good reason.
Another sport with a ball, but this time, you’re skills are mostly in your arms and hands. However, what makes beach volleyball different from the regular type is that sand is bound to make it harder for you to move, thus activating more muscles. Indeed, beach volleyball is the best way to get a beach body. Also, you get to socialize and work on your tan.
If you’re keen on playing Frisbee, but you’ve become a bit bored with playing with just one or two friends, raise the bar and join a team – play ultimate Frisbee! This sport was invented in the US in the late 60s and it’s beyond fun. Just learn simple 10 rules about playing ultimate Frisbee and you’ll be good to go.
So, there you have it. Plenty of individual and team sports, sports that require only two players, sports which hardly require any gear…You have everything laid out, and now it’s just up to you to make the first step and start practicing. Remember, it takes some effort at the beginning, but later on, you’ll be addicted to your new, healthy pastime.