Summer isn't just about catching rays and sitting by the pool. It's also the perfect opportunity to get outside and play. Here are nine summer activities that are fun, effective and will help keep your fitness goals on track:
Standup Paddle Boarding
The fitness benefits are endless on a standup paddle board, whether you're using your core and foot muscles to learn the basics, doing yoga on the board, or paddling long distances.
Start off on your knees; keep your eyes focused on the horizon. Your whole body will feel it afterwards, but several hours will pass quickly if you're having fun out there.
Tip: Don't forget to wear sunscreen
Whether it's your first time bouldering (short strenuous climbing that is low to the ground) at an indoor rock gym or your hundredth solo climb up a 12c (a higher level of difficulty on the rock climbing rating system), your arms, hands and fingers will be shot after a few hours of climbing.
People often strain their upper bodies when trying to climb, but the real technique comes from using your legs and core.
Always use the proper equipment and be sure to climb under the supervision of someone who knows how to climb safely.
It's hard to find a surfer who thinks surfing is just OK. It's also hard to find a surfer who's not in pretty good shape. That's because people who surf tend to love surfing and get addicted quickly.
Paddling does a number on your arms and you spend a lot of time flexing your core to maneuver in the water. Eventually, you'll be able to get to your feet, where your legs do more work and the real fun begins.