While half the world waits the spring to settle in, the other half is enjoying a warm summer, holidays and plans with friends or family to relax, have fun, try new food, eat ice cream and… say ‘goodbye diet!’ The summer ends with all the exercise plans that we have imposed during the year and the lack of time stop us from continuing with our exercise routine.
Whether you usually go to the gym or exercise at home, there is a bunch of fun activities to do outdoor that are flexible enough to fit your timetables and introduce a fresh new way of getting fit while enjoying the holidays.
These outdoor activities can change the location from time to time, so we recommend that you download for free Wave Application, an application where you can share your location on a private map with your sports partners and meet them, even in the most remote part of the park where you will tone your muscles. The best thing is that it is private and temporal, use it only to meet them and no one else will know your location.
Try some of the following ones and you will see how you feel better at the end of the day, you maintain your physical exercise at an optimal level and also enjoy your free time.
Yoga in a park
In all cities there are large parks in which to enjoy a walk outside the noise of cars, the civilisation and the daily routine. Surely, now and then you have walked by it, you have done a picnic or you have sat under a tree to read or to chill. Probably, you will also have seen groups of people sitting doing yoga, pilates and toning exercises.
Yoga increases agility and flexibility and helps you control your breathing. It is an activity that relaxes the mind but strengthens the body at the same time, very suitable to start because it does not require prior knowledge. Also, it is a good exercise to do during the high summer temperatures.
You may not be prepared to sign up for specific yoga classes in a gym, but why not try it a Saturday morning at the park near your home? You have nothing to lose and you may end up loving it. There are usually groups at various times during the week and you can join the ones that best fit your schedule.
How can you join? You can approach a weekend in the morning to the groups that you see or search in Internet and in social networks yoga groups that meet in your city. The prices will be lower than in a gym.
What do you need? Comfortable clothes, water and a towel, bringing a yoga mat or lying on the grass is your choice.
Roller skating is a fun activity with which you strengthen your entire lower trunk, legs, hips, knees and calves. It tones your muscles and it also makes your adrenaline go up when you accelerate a little or relax if you go slowly, it’s up to you!
Even though you probably skated when you were a kid, roller skating is becoming a favourite activity for people over 30 who want to exercise and have fun once a week, because it is easy to learn, does not require a high investment in equipment and also allows you to do outdoor sports, in a group or alone when you want.
How can you join? There are several schools in all cities and if you look for social networks, surely in the park we talked about before you find groups of people who want to join. Fun and besides, it does not compromise you to follow a routine that does not fit with your vacations.
What do you need? A second-hand or brand new roller skaters, they are cheap and last for years!
Surfing, kitesurfing or related
During your holidays on the beach you can enjoy more than just a bath in the sea! Try something new and sign up to the many schools of surfing, kite surfing or paddle surf that take place in the most tourist areas. In just a week you can strengthen your body, improve your balance and your swimming skills. If you need a little inspiration, check out our latest post with the best surfing destinations in the world, for all levels.
Depending on the days you go to the beach, you can take a course of several days or try one morning to see if you like. The teachers know how to motivate you and you will see that after a few hours you will feel confident enough to get on the surfboard. Many surfers make it a lifestyle, but for you it can be add a bonus to your vacation, while you play sports and you know people who share the same passion as you.
How can you sign up? Look for the best schools in your area, surely you have several options to choose. In addition, you can usually enjoy offers and discounts to encourage you a little more.
What do you need? A swimsuit and nothing else, the rest of the equipment will be provided by the school.
Dance ‘Despacito’ in a pub
Dancing to the sounds of music on a summer night may be the culmination you need after a day of work, especially after suffering the torrid heat of the street. Swing, bachata, salsa or funky, no matter the style because they are all excellent ways to have fun while toning your body. It helps you to exercise your arms, neck, legs and hips, on one hand, and learn how to walk with a better posture, on the other hand.
In all cities many bars and discos organize weekly dance sessions for the price of a drink. You can go to try different styles to discover which one is best for you. Summer is a good time to try because groups are usually smaller as many people are on holidays, so you can be with new ones like you, who always look for partners to practice the new steps. It does not require experience or skill, just your willing to move and enjoy the rhythm.
The best thing is that every day you will find new people who are learning and you will never feel out of place, as you might do when you join a dance course in the middle of the season.
How can you sign up? You will find in social networks all the dance events related to the style you are looking for.
What do you need? Bring any comfortable clothes and you are all set up!
Volleyball in the beach
Playing volleyball is a very complete activity that you can take advantage of even when you are on vacation at the beach. It burns calories and fat, increases your energy levels, improves your coordination of eyes and hands, increases your muscle tone in arms and legs, improves your agility and flexibility and stimulates your competitiveness, among many other advantages.
Volleyball is a game in which you can learn very quickly to improve, even if you have never played before. In addition, it is surrounded by a very cool, competitive environment and allows you to meet people anywhere.
How can you sign up? You just need to join one of the leagues that are organised daily on the bigger beaches and start enjoying even more of your vacation while you get toned.
What do you need? Bring sneakers, shorts and a T-shirt. The more experienced incorporate wristbands, but if you are starting you will not cause your muscles to suffer so much to need it.
Which one of those activity suits you best? Make a change this week and choose one! Let us know how it goes! 😀