Guest contribution by Lorenz Esposito
With the onset of warmer weather, there are plenty of great ways to stay active and #movemore without hitting the gym. An active lifestyle has numerous benefits, and the ample sunshine and longer days provide more opportunities for the whole family to get outside.
Because it feels too hot, you don’t need to put your workout routine on the back burner. Swimming in your local community pool, trail cycling, or scaling dunes are just a few ways to boost your well-being and burn a few calories while meeting your fitness goals.
1. Go for a Bike Ride
Biking is a fantastic way to exercise and explore your local area. You can ride solo, with friends, or join a cycling group. Road biking, mountain biking, and leisure biking with an electric city bike are popular options. Cycling has as many health benefits as running, including improved posture and coordination, increased muscle strength, and reduced anxiety; plus, it’s great for the environment.
Riding a bike can fit into your daily routine by riding to the grocery store, work, or around your local park. With a folding electric bike, you can easily fold and store your bicycle when not in use.
2. Swim in Your Local Pool, Lake or Ocean
Swimming builds endurance and tones muscles, is easy on the joints, improves cardiovascular health, and helps you maintain a healthy weight. You can swim laps, do water aerobics, play water polo or join a local swim team. Many communities have outdoor pools, or you can head to the beach or a lake, making it easy to take advantage of this fun and refreshing summer activity.
3. Scale Sand Dunes
Scaling dunes is a unique and challenging way to stay active during summer. Sand dunes are not only beautiful to look at but can also provide a great workout. Climbing up steep sand hills can be a great leg and cardio workout.
Many beaches and parks have sand dunes that are open to the public, such as Jockey Ridge State Park in North Carolina, which has the tallest living dune system on the Atlantic coast.
4. Challenge Your Friends to a Game of Beach Volleyball
Beach volleyball is a fun way to get fit and socialize. Public beaches often have volleyball courts to play on if you want to bring friends and play a pickup game, or you can join a local league and compete against other teams.
Beach volleyball is a great full-body workout that can help improve your coordination, balance, and agility. Playing on a softer surface adds extra resistance, making the game more challenging.
5. Spend Time Underwater
Stay active and experience the beauty of nature by exploring the underwater world at your local beach. Snorkeling and scuba diving are exciting summer activities for water enthusiasts of all ages. The summer weather means the water is warmer, and you have better visibility for the ideal viewing experience.
Put on your mask, snorkel, and fins, and explore shallow reefs to experience marine life on the water’s surface up close. There are plenty of amazing places to snorkel around the U.S., from Florida’s coral reefs to Hawaii’s volcanic beaches.
Scuba diving requires certification and equipment but allows you to dive deeper and discover more diverse underwater creatures in more detail.
6. Hit the Cycling Trails
Trail cycling is a great way to challenge yourself and get fresh air. Grab your electric mountain bike and go cycling on dirt or mountain trails to exercise and enjoy nature’s beauty. If you have trails near you, check and see what is allowed, as not all trails allow electric bikes. Go solo or join a group of like-minded cyclists.
7. Become a Wind Chaser
Kite surfing is a thrilling way to stay active and experience the power of the wind. You will use a kite to harness the wind and propel yourself across the water on a board. While this activity can be exciting, it requires a lot of skill.
If you don’t have any experience with surfing or balancing on the water, consider taking kite surfing classes or looking into local kite surfing groups for more information.
8. Try WakeboardingWakeboarding combines elements of snowboarding, water skiing, and surfing, making it a novel sport that provides an adrenaline rush like no other. It involves being towed behind a boat while riding a board across the boat’s wake.
You’ll need excellent balance, coordination, and core strength when wakeboarding, making it a difficult activity for beginners but rewarding once you get the hang of it. Many lakes and rivers have wakeboarding facilities, making it easy to try this fun activity.
9. Carve Up the Lake
Water skiing is another exciting sport involving being pulled behind a boat while standing on skis. While it can be intimidating for those who have never tried it, it is beginner-friendly.
There are many ways to water ski, but for recreational skiing, you should find calm, open water that is not crowded with other boats. Once you find an area to ski in, follow all the safety precautions, including wearing a life preserver and having a spotter on the boat to watch the skier.
10. Test Your Balance
Paddleboard yoga is a unique activity that adds another challenge to yoga by making you balance on a paddleboard. This sport combines balance, focus, and flexibility while you float on the water.
Because of the concentration required, paddleboard yoga is a great physical and mental workout that improves your core strength, balance, coordination, and mental fortitude.
Stay Active This Summer
Summer is the perfect time to try out new activities and enjoy the outdoors, whether going for a bike ride or heading up to the lake for water skiing. Being active in the summer can also help boost your mood and energy levels, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. So, incorporate physical activity into your summer routine and enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle!
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Lorenz Esposito is a contributor at Upway, a retailer of e-bikes based in New York, USA. In his free time you could find him hiking, exploring bike trails, or trying out water-based sports.