So… its summer and the excuses are creeping in when it comes to exercise. You may not be able to stick to your usual exercise routine, but that doesn’t mean you should give up completely on the summer months. There are varying reasons we give for not being able to keep up our exercise including going on holiday, the fact that it’s too hot, too busy socially or the kids are on holiday so you have less time for yourself.
Going on holiday? Schedule in some time to do some exercise; this could be a walk along the beach, cycle or combine it with some sightseeing. It will make it easier to get back into your routine once you come home and also compensate for the extra food and drink consumed! Exercising in a different environment can have its benefits; a run along the beach makes you work harder than a normal run… why not give it a go?!
Too hot? Drinking plenty of water throughout the whole day will make it easier to cope with the heat and also make sure you stay hydrated during your session by drinking plenty throughout. Lay off de-hydrating caffeine drinks and wear clothes that will help to keep you cooler.
Too busy? We manage to fit in exercise in our day to day lives, so why let summer cause a problem with your gym sessions. It may be that you have to shorten sessions in order to fit in social activities or you may have to come at a different time of day, for example go to the gym before work or on your lunch break, so you have the summer evenings free.
Got the kids? Get them involved in some exercise whether it is going to play tennis in the park, cycle rides or walking the dog. Any sort of exercise will help keep up your fitness, so it won’t be such a shock to the system when the kids go back to school and you get back into your regular routine with gym sessions and classes.
You need to make the most of the summer weather by spending time outside but also keeping active in any way that you can. Think of new ways to incorporate your exercise so that you can enjoy the sunshine without skipping your workouts. Whether it be playing a sport, walking or running outdoors, or simply taking your exercise from inside the gym to our outside space.
There are so many options for you that ‘summer’ really isn’t a valid excuse!