The sun is shining steadily and summer is not yet ready to let go of us. This is the time to have great fun in the sun. While gym workouts or a walk in the park take a backseat, experiment on other exciting fitness routines. Given below are some creative workouts to motivate you to get moving this summer season.
Gardening can be rejuvenating to both your body and mind. Other than growing your own healthy produce, gardening helps families to bond with each other and can be modified into a structured exercise routine as explained at www.firsteatright.com. Gardening helps you elevate your endurance, flexibility and strength quotient.
Just like in any other workout, stretch first. You can juggle activities like weeding, raking, digging holes or pruning. Engage yourself in any of these activities for at least 30 minutes to an hour every day. Though this cannot be compared to swimming or some other athletic activity, official counts estimate calorie burning levels to be anywhere between 100 and 200.
Again here, swimming is an excellent cardio workout that builds endurance, flexibility and strength. Most muscles are activated during swimming as water proves to be a major resistance factor than land (about 12 % to 14% more). Try to combine various strokes such as breast stroke, butterfly stroke and back stroke. Start slowly, take breaks in between and try to master your form.
While on a trip to the beach or the lake, swimming is a perfect fun activity for the entire group.
Cycling is fun and a superb whole-body workout. All you need is a simple cycle and a head gear to hit the roads. Try to enjoy the plush environment around you while you get drenched in sweat after a healthy bicycle ride.
Any game that involves the ball – football, basketball, dodgeball, throw ball, badminton or frisbee keeps your mind alert and the entire body active. Engage in a competitive game of frisbee or badminton with your friends or loved ones. This spreads the spirit of sportsmanship and proves to be relaxing from head to toe.
Here again, rowing is a total body workout against the common misconception that it is all about upper-body strength. Rowing reduces our stress levels, offers muscle flexibility, makes us more stable and promotes weight loss.
Try any of these activities during the hot summer season along with a group of friends to make it more merry and pleasant.
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