Facebook Pixel
EmpowHER Guest

What are some exercises I can do over summer?

By Anonymous June 1, 2016 - 1:49pm
Rate This

I love working out outside and spending time outdoors, but now that it's getting hotter out it's hard to keep up with. What are some summer activities I can do to stay fit that double as exercise?

Add a Comment1 Comments

HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thanks for your post!

There are lots of ways to stay active outdoors!

Ever do the gardening and find, the next day, that you’re aching in places you never thought you had? Forty-five minutes of gardening is great exercise. Digging, weeding, planting and watering can burn plenty of calories.

Watching veggies, fruits and flowers grow gives us a sense of accomplishment. It’ll also encourage you to eat the produce you created.

If you don’t have your own place to garden, go to a community garden. Most towns and cities have them.

Walking is the easiest form of activity. It’s free, and it firms up the body, burns calories and gets you outdoors. You can also do it indoors by taking the stairs, and using indoor walking tracks if it gets too hot.

The Mayo Clinic agrees that walking is a great form of exercise. The more you walk, the more you can benefit. Going for brisk walks regularly can help you to:

- Develop better coordination and balance

- Improve mood

- Keep your bones strong or make them stronger

Prevent or maintain control over type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions

- Stay at a healthy weight

Start off slowly and build up. Change routes to make things interesting.

Everyone should be able to swim. It’s a basic life skill that every child and adult should know. Gets lessons or hit the lanes for some lap swimming.

There are other active ways to enjoy water, too, like rowing or sailing. These are sports that can give you a good workout.

You can play on a soft-ball team or join a tennis league; summer is a great time for outdoor team sports.

For something more low key, doing yoga outdoors on your patio or deck, on the lawn or in a park is a wonderful way to workout and can also work up a sweat. Check local listings for yoga held at parks or beaches; they're often free.

Try to get out early to workout if it gets too hot during the day. Later in the evening is too but watch for bugs and wear a bug repellent. And always drink lots of water!

I hope this helps!


June 1, 2016 - 2:10pm
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.



Get Email Updates

Fitness Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!