I’ll be the first to admit that I get pretty lax with my fitness when it starts getting warmer. Summer has always been a time for socializing with friends and I usually end up skipping my workouts in favour of patio days, barbecues or beach trips. Not to mention all the fruity cocktails and yummy food that come with them.
But, I know how much better I feel if I’m working out consistently, so I’ve been trying to come up with ways to make my workouts fit into my current social life a little better. The key, I’ve found, is to make the workouts themselves a social event.
I can’t say that I’ve been on many hikes in my lifetime, but I do enjoy looking at the mountains and trees when everything starts blooming. So why not actually get out there and experience the beauty up close? Plus, it’s a great way to get in a little cardio. Grab some friends, pack some snacks, find a trail and make a day of it.
I used to be a swimmer way back in my teens and, although I stopped a long time ago, I still miss it from time to time, especially in the summer. Swimming is a great way to stay cool in the summer heat and burn calories at the same time. And the best part? You and your friends can swim together and, when you’re done with your workout, you can throw the pool party of the century. Double win.
We all know that I’m not much of a runner, but in the summer I feel almost guilty if I’m not making full use of the outdoors. Lacing up my sneaks and heading outside for a jog (or a brisk walk) on a cool summer morning is a great way to do that, especially if you can rope in some friends. If none of your friends are the running type, why not join a running group? You can get in some cardio and make new friends at the same time.
As with running, I’m not much for biking, and I don’t expect that I’ll ever be. I’m pretty clumsy and live in constant fear of falling off my bike and into oncoming traffic. But, I know that biking is an amazing way to stay active and get your fill of the outdoors, especially if hiking and running aren’t for you. Plus, it’s something else you can do with friends.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I absolutely love group fitness classes and bootcamps take it one step further. My gym, GoodLife Fitness, offers 6 week small group training camps and I’ve always wanted to try one out. Unlike group classes, bootcamps cater to smaller groups of people and you’re able to get one on one attention from the coaches and foster deeper relationships with the people in the class. And if that isn’t social enough for you, you and your friends can all sign up to do the class so you can get in a workout while spending time together.
What about you?
- Do you workout more or less in the summer?
- How do you stay active at this time of year? Any more to add?
- Do you and your friends ever workout together?
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This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program; however all opinions expressed are my own.