Make Exercise Fun During The Summer Months

African American Parents WIth Boy Son Riding BikeSummer only comes around once a year and for many, so does that all important sun and nice weather. Summertime is a time of picnics, vacations and family reunions. With the kids out of school and all the fun to be had, keeping up your daily exercise program can be brutal. However, finding a healthy balance between recreation and exercise can be more rewarding than you think.

Instead of hiding away inside for your weekly workouts, many health articles suggest, in addition to eating healthy, incorporating other highly effective exercises into your regime to maximize your enjoyment of that warm weather. Don’t forget to get the kids involved as well!

Summer Workout Ideas

  • Enjoy a Nice Swim Do you enjoy doing a few laps? Keep cool while being active by incorporating a few good laps into your day while you and your family or friends enjoy the warm weather poolside. Depending on the intensity of your workout, a 155 lb woman can burn an additional 200+ calories per half an hour.
  • Find Those Skates A fun, interesting activity for you and the family, rollerblading can burn 250 calories per half an hour for a 155 lb woman. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids on Saturday that will make up for that missed workout, try a fun afternoon on the trails at your neighborhood park or nearest beach. Be careful though and don’t forget the necessary safety gear – helmet, wrist & knee pads.
  • Take Your Bike For a Ride If your normal daily exercise program includes a stationary bike for aerobic exercise, try taking your cycling outside for the summer. You can ride your bike to the store, to do your errands, or to a nearby friend’s house for a day in the sun. This old school age activity can burn an average of 300 calories each 30 minutes for a woman who weighs 155 pounds.
  • Take Up Water Skiing If you are lucky enough to live lakeside or near a large body of water, summertime can include a variety of boating activities for you and your family or friends. For a 155 lb woman, water skiing can burn up to 250 extra calories per half an hour. So try enjoying your lake and boating fun while sneaking in a workout that builds up your upper and lower body strength.

In conclusion, the active you probably looks forward to the summertime and warm weather, but dreads trying to balance fun with your daily exercise program. This year, try spicing up your old body care routine by introducing some new activities as well as old standards to your exercise routine so you can enjoy the warm weather and sunshine to its fullest. It’s important for the whole family to stay active during the short summer months.

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How To Get Your Kids To Workout

Little girl on country bike ride with momWe all know that we need to make sure our kids are eating right and being active.  But did you know that youth is the best time to instill actual exercise activities that will remain a constant for the rest of their lives?

Here are some tips on how to motivate them to join you:

Make Fitness Fun

Exercise should never be forced. Success lies in structured freedom. This means giving children ideas and direction, then letting them explore within those boundaries.

Workout Recommendations For Kids

What is the right amount after all? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity. Besides, if the focus is really spent on “time” there probably isn’t enough fun in the activities involved.

Fun Fitness Routine For Kids

Sometimes, getting kids interested in fitness is as simple as adding a silly name or movement to an existing exercise like “Silly Shark Squats,” “Monkey Mountain Climbers,” “Puppy Pushups,” etc. In fact, enough exercises already have silly names like “Downward Dog” and “Burpees.”

At the end of the day it’s important to encourage, not force. Get dirty and do these exercises with them. Get them used to being outdoors and keep positive thinking while doing these activities. It not only will create a healthy lifestyle, but instill confidence at a very young age!

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