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As we approach the warm seasons, we start to open up, and bloom—like plants do. We feel more active and energized. There is nothing better than exercising breathing fresh air and being in contact with nature.  Working out outdoors, in summer, makes us feel in tune with ourselves, and in harmony with our surroundings. So, why not incorporate outdoor fitness into your summer routine? Here are 7 ways to get fit this summer that will bring you into contact with water, earth, and air.

Water

KAYAKING

get fitKayaking is a fun workout because it goes from quiet moments admiring the landscape to strong currents and fast movements. This outdoor fitness option improves your cardiovascular health and strengthens your muscles. Like all aerobic exercises, it increases endurance, regulates cholesterol levels, and lowers your blood pressure. In addition to all these benefits, kayaking can help you burn fat and get fit. Harvard Health Publications reports that in 30 minutes of kayaking, a 185-pound person burns about 222 calories.

SURFING

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Surfer Meah Collins / Photo courtesy: Tina Kat

According to the University of California, people who surf feel a deep sense of tranquility, which improves emotional balance. When the conditions of the ocean change, you have to adapt quickly. So, surfing also teaches you how to deal with different and changing scenarios. Surfing is an outdoor fitness workout that is also a great way to get fit and lose weight. An 180-pound person surfing for 30 minutes can burn 130 to 260 calories. But, it is not just a great way to get fit and in shape. It also represents a spiritual challenge between you and the ocean.

PADDLEBOARDING

Paddleboarding is an easy way to get fit—everybody can do it! That’s probably the reason why, in 2013, it was reported as the outdoor sporting activity with the most first-time participants in the United States. Paddleboarding helps you improve your balance and increases your focus in daily activities. When you paddle, you use every muscle in the body, so it is a complete workout. In addition to physical benefits, paddleboarding gives you the sensation of walking on water.  The gentle soothing sound of water may help to reduce stress.

PADDLEBOARD YOGA

get fitHave you been practicing yoga for a while and are looking for a new challenge? Paddleboard yoga may be what you need. Since the platform is unstable, you have to engage your core more to find balance. You’ll be more in tune with your poses and release stress thanks to the sensation of floating and the sound of the water. The possibility of falling keeps you on your toes, providing adrenaline to your workout to keep you more focused and motivated. Paddleboard yoga also teaches you resilience because when you fall, you are forced to try again. What an exhilarating and alternative outdoor fitness workout to get fit this summer!

Earth

HIKING

get fitHiking can improve your cardiovascular health, especially if the route includes uneven surfaces. Did you know that just one hour of trekking can burn well over 500 calories? Hiking is a great way to get fit without putting too much pressure on your joints. you can modify the pace as you go and stop to admire the landscape anytime you want. In addition to physical benefits, the contact with nature has stress-relieving powers.

OUTDOOR YOGA

When you do yoga outside, your senses wake up—and you feel more present. Changing setting and stepping outside your comfort zone opens you to different perspectives and experiences. One of the core principles of yoga is living in harmony with yourself and the world. So, nature is the best place to immerse yourself into the true spirit of yoga. Imagine doing sun salutations kissed by the sun, and not by the artificial light of a studio!

Air

TRAPEZE

Get fitTrapeze is not just a fun form of entertainment. It also offers a range of health benefits like increasing muscle strength and improve upper body strength. If you saw someone doing trapeze, you probably thought the movements looked graceful and effortless. But, the truth is that the physical work involved is intense. Trapeze is a great way to get fit—you can burn between 300 and 400 calories per hour. Trapeze also improves coordination and gives you a sense of freedom as you move through the air.

Whatever activity you choose to get fit his summer, make sure you find some time to exercise outdoors and challenge yourself. You will feel more in touch with your body, your mind, and with the world around you.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. This makes me all excited about summer! Thank you for the ideas. 🙂 This week I’ll try stand up paddling for the first time and I am looking forward soo much!

  2. All of these sound so fun! I would be scared to surf, but I still would like to at least experience it once. These are great ideas!

  3. Thanks for your comment, Joanna. I was scared when I first tried surfing, but the adrenaline was stronger than fear. Try it with a good teacher who guides you, and you will be fine. 🙂

  4. I love the functional fitness point of view. This is such a rad reminder to get outdoors and enjoy the weather and nurture the body! Thanks for sharing Chiara! #trainingforlife

  5. Thanks for your comment, Cam. I agree, getting outdoors is so important for body and mind.

  6. Thanks for reading, Amanda. I have never tried trapeze, but I’m intrigued.

  7. I’ve been wanting to try paddleboarding and paddle board yoga for the longest time! I should make this year the summer I finally do it 😀

  8. Thanks for reading, Sophie. It’s great to read that you connect with nature as often as you can!

  9. Great info! I didn’t even know paddle board yoga was a thing! That would be so hard to balance, I would be constantly faceplanting it into the water haha

  10. Thanks for reading, Michelle. Hope you get to try paddleboard yoga—falling in the water is part of the fun! 🙂

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