Like every other 43-year-old woman I know the only way to keep that belly fat at bay is to work out. It is a NECESSARY evil. Okay maybe the word evil is a bit too strong–but I’ve come to the realization that my 43-year-old metabolism is nothing like that of my 23-year-old metabolism. And while I don’t mind going to the gym when the weather outside is frightful–when summer hits the last place I want to work out is sandwiched between two sweaty old men who insist on talking to me (even though I have my ear phones in) while we are all on our respective treadmills.
Summer is all about being outdoors which is incredible for the spirit and to add in exercise is literally a breath of fresh air! So grab a water bottle and aim for early morning or evening for your workouts to beat the heat! Keep reading for a few ways to get your summer workout on–OUTDOORS!
1/ Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
According to fitness professional Lisa Reed this outdoor exercise is an amazing blend of relaxation and provides stellar upper body and core development as well as an amazing balance total body workout! If you don’t have a board, check out your local lake, river, and beach for rentals and classes. Want more of a challenge? Try paddle board exercises like squats and pushups & even yoga! It is an unreal experience of balance, mobility and strength!
2/ Pool Boot Camp!
Pool workouts are not only challenging, but with the cooling effects of the water (as it keeps you 50% buoyant shoulder height) it also keeps you from overheating and assists the joints by preventing dry-land injuries, notes Lisa Reed. Water aerobics have come a long way in recent years and these are not your grandma’s workout! Classes utilize the resistance and buoyancy of water to create a workout in addition to sport performance jumps, wall push-ups that cannot be matched on dry land!
3/ Series of Sprint Intervals
Mike Clancy, a fitness expert in New York City says sprint intervals are great for just about every exercise goal. Moving at such intensity for short bouts followed by short rests boosts the metabolism, burns fat, and builds a ton of strength in the core, hips, and legs. Sprints are also time-efficient and can be done anywhere outdoors. The best method for non-athletes is to do a short sprint ten (10) seconds and immediately walk for double or triple the amount of time (20-30s). Repeat in succession six to ten times, or until you reach exhaustion. It’s a great way to utilize the outdoors and still get gym-like results!
4/ Trail Hikes and Bodyweight Circuits
Kyra Williams aka The Get in Shape Girl says if you are on vacation these are two outdoor exercises that will keep you in shape. Take a trail hike and explore your surroundings and stay cool covered in the woods.
5/ Bodyweight Circuits
You can do these from anywhere, including while on vacation so no excuses! Find a park bench and do step ups and dips between sit ups, pushups and walking lunges. Try a jump rope and bodyweight workout. According to Ellen O’Hara, RN, MS of Core Asset Fitness Training, LLC the only things you need are a jump rope and some music. Put on a half hour or 45 minute playlist. Jump for the duration of one song and pause the music. Do 12′ reps each of push-ups, squats, and ab bicycles. Jump again for a song duration, repeat the three strength moves. Continue for a total of 30-45 minutes, whatever you have the time and energy to do. Perfect if you are on vacation or don’t have access to a gym, and no worries about ceiling height restrictions for the jump rope if you are outdoors.