LIVING WELL

Great summer workouts

Ah, summer! The great outdoors beckons with warm weather and longer days. Make the most of the season by turning your tired indoor fitness routine into a creative outdoor workout wherever you live or vacation. Fitness at the lake

Taking the family to the lake this summer? Water is a great place to exercise in the heat of summer. Swimming is an obvious choice. But so is treading water. Don’t get caught up in the idea that exercise has to be a consistent 30 minutes. Doing something is better than nothing. Ten minutes or so a few times throughout the day will add up.

Canoeing is also a great workout. It’s a great overall body workout. It is wonderful for shoulders and other parts of your body.

Working out in the mountains

Want a whole-body workout in rocky and mountainous terrain? Try hiking. The mountains are a great summer workout location because it’s usually shadier and cooler in hilly terrain. Since you’ll be gaining altitude, you may notice a drop in temperature as you climb. Power walking for a specific amount of time, then resting and repeating is a great way to get your heart rate going.

Exercise on the beach

If you are going to the beach this summer, pack a mask and some fins and snorkel. It’s not going to be this high-end cardiovascular workout but it does keep the body moving. You are using big muscle groups and the fins add increased resistance.

Conclusion

No matter where you choose to be this summer, all these outdoor activities bring you back to being a kid. Let being outdoors bring back all those childhood memories of the fun vacations you had. You’ll never regret the memories you create doing these activities as a family.

Lynn Pass is owner of The Gym in Oneonta. She
holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human
Performance from Auburn University and personal
training and aerobic certifications in ACE, AFFA, and
ACSM.