When the sun’s shining it can be tough to motivate yourself to exercise – whether that’s because you’re feeling hot and floppy, or would just rather be sitting in a pub garden with a nice cold drink (wouldn’t we all).
But it’s important to stay active through all the seasons, so here are five tips that will help you keep up your fitness routine, as well as make the most of the summer sun.
1. Make sure you’re cool and comfortable
Wearing the right workout gear will make all the difference. That baggy old T-shirt you usually wear to the gym will stick to you like clingfilm if you wear it in the heat. Instead, invest in a good sports bra, top and trousers in flexible and breathable materials. Check the label to see if it’s “moisture wicking” too, which means it’s woven in such a way that it draws moisture away from the body, keeping you fresh and cool.
Always drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout, especially when it’s hot. And if you’re on your period, try Always Infinity sanitary towels, which are made with SmartFoam, so the flexible pad moulds to your body, making it the perfect period protection to wear under fitness gear.
2. Take your gym class outside
If you’re cancelling your gym class for the third time in a row because you don’t want to be cooped up indoors, see if you can freeze your membership and workout outdoors instead.
Grab a friend for a game of tennis, go for a swim, or take a jog through the park, stopping at benches to do tricep dips and push-ups to keep your chest and arms working too. This way you can combine enjoying the outdoors with your workout.
If you can’t freeze your membership, ditch the car and jog or cycle to the gym. That way you can get your injection of outdoor exercise, and take care of your warm-up at the same time.
3. Time your workouts carefully
If you are exercising outdoors, avoid doing it around midday, when the sun is at its hottest. This can make exercise so much harder, plus you’re in danger of dehydrating and overheating.
Instead, an early morning yoga session in the garden will set you up for the day, then do your outdoor workout of choice any time after 4pm.
4. Play in the park
Take a leaf out of your kids’ book and soak up the summer weather by tearing around outside. Join them for a game of football or rounders, or even just clambering up trees and swinging from monkey bars – running, skipping and jumping as you go.
Their boundless energy is inspiring, and you’ll be so busy having fun, you won’t even realise you’re exercising until you’re out of breath!
5. Reward yourself
After your workout, take a few minutes to wind down and relax in the sun. Stretch out on the grass and feel it tickling your skin; look up at the blue sky and passing clouds; listen to the bird song and rustling trees. Then just focus on your breath as you enjoy the moment and feel your body winding down after exercise.
You’ll enjoy these “me-minutes” so much that it will help motivate you to do the exercise in the first place!
Do you have any tips for sticking to your fitness routine over the summer? We’d love it if you shared them in the comments section below…