Just like fashion, fitness has seasons. And with summer’s arrival comes a list of activities to take advantage of the great weather and sun. To look your best in all your summer fashions, your body should be toned and fit. If you are spending more time at the beach or traveling during this time there are some great fitness opportunities to enjoy with friends or solo that will not only keep you looking good but also feeling good.
Standup paddling is one of the best sports for your core muscles, upper body and legs. Paddling a few times a week will build amazing core strength, arm muscles and overall body alignment. It is a summer favorite for not only giving you an amazing total body workout but also allowing you and other paddlers to spend time with your friends or family, all while enjoying summer scenery and conversation.
Many yoga devotees hit the mat for a clear mind and body. Where is better to unwind and relax than the beach. Turn your sun salutations into vitamin D-rich poses, as long as you mind your sun exposure and SPF factors. Give your balance a boost by doing yoga on the beach. The sand provides an uneven and ever-changing floor, making you use all the muscles, something that will come in handy when you want to post that striking sunset handstand to your social media.
Hiking can provide one of the most diverse workouts, which is exactly why you should seek out trails at home and during your summer travels. Whether you hit the local trails or national landmarks, stay hydrated! Bring along a refillable bottle like a beautiful option from Corkcicle. It’s available in several sizes and colors which means you can bring along a second bottle for a celebratory wine toast when you reach your destination. More information at corkcicle.com
Row, row, row your boat … or bench. If you love the water but do not live near the beach, rowing is a great work out to get you on the water, whether real or imaginary. Despite a myth to the contrary, it is not just an upper body work out. Rowing can tone nine major muscle groups, including quads, hamstrings, glutes, lats, core, shoulders, triceps, back and biceps. It is also great cardio. Research your local waterways to find the fitness level right for you to kayak, canoe or raft.
Volunteering is a great way to do good for your community and yourself. If you prefer heavy lifting, Habitat for Humanity is always a great option. For less intense charitable opportunities, charity walks are always a great way to give back while getting active. The great thing about charity walks is the diversity of causes – it makes it easy to find a cause that resonates with you. Check out www.charitywalksblog.com for a comprehensive list of available walks.
Bobby Says …
Speaking of walking, watch your steps, literally. The rising popularity of fitness trackers has many of us tracking our steps hoping to hit that recommended daily 10,000 steps. If you can, walk to-and-from work. The beginning and end of the day is a great time to get some safe sun exposure and gradually build a consistent summer tan.
Whatever summer activities you enjoy, do so safely and in style.
By Bobby Ciletti, travel and lifestyle expert and founder of TheDaysoftheChic.com. Twitter @BobbyCiletti
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