Hi friends! Just finished a KILLER weight training workout and am getting ready to head out into the day of our usual Summer Mommy/Son fun today... Before I do so, I want to give some quick suggestions to my blog friends out there on how to STAY in shape this Summer.
Now if you live in a super HOT climate like Arizona, it's almost mandatory to be in shape because in order to stay cool you have to wear less clothing. If you're wearing LESS clothing, you want to feel good about how you look in that clothing right? So today I'll give a few Summer workout tips for you and hope you take one of them. So here you go!
If you're a "morning person" and also like being in the outdoors then you must get up early so that you don't suffer from heat stroke in the middle of the day. Especially in AZ where we are getting heat advisory warnings like EVERY DAY and it isn't even July yet! So the first fun exercise I'm going to suggest is something that my husband and I have been enjoying on our Sunday mornings which is playing tennis. Now you don't have to be the Williams sisters or whoever your FAVORITE tennis player is to get a good workout. All you need are some good tennis rackets, tennis balls and a fun attitude...oh and a tennis court to go to too and go for it! In an hour of playing tennis, you can BURN over 400 calories! We bring our son and he rides his bike around while we play or he hits tennis balls as well against the "practice wall" with his own racket. Great cardio and you use EVERY muscle!
Second way of getting a full body workout for FREE does involve waking up early again...sorry! Hiking! Look online for where most hiking trails are. If you're a beginner, don't get too excited and go for the biggest mountain there is and decide to try hiking for the first time...look for where most beginners like to go and try it. It's another great FULL BODY workout that gets you outside enjoying beautiful nature around you while working every muscle in your body.
Finally, once it cools down (which means drops to 90 degrees by 7pm if you live in AZ) in the evening, go for a long walk or head to an outdoor basketball court and shoot around with your kid(s) or friends. It's fun and actually gets the blood flowing. Don't like basketball (GASP!)??? Then grab a soccer ball and look for a grassy area to kick the ball around...next thing you know, you're running and smiling and burning some calories!
One last thing, if you are lucky enough to live in a beach city (oh Cali I miss you so!) then go for a walk along the beach and take in the waves crashing back and forth. Go to the pier and walk up and down the pier while watching the surfers. If you live close enough, ride your bike on the beach trail. When we lived in the OC, this was something that I now realize I took for granted because I didn't realize at the time how lucky I was to be so close to the beach that I could ride my bike from my house on the trail to Huntington Beach...those were the days! If you live in a beach city, then get on your bike or get those legs moving and walk!
Take the time today to do something for your health and fitness. Just because it's HOT outside doesn't mean that you shouldn't be able to exercise and MAKE THE TIME. No one knows more than me what it's like to be busy...but you still make the time for fitness. You will be glad MENTALLY that you did and your family will be glad you did too!
Thanks as always for reading my blog and don't forget to follow me on twitter @FITDIVAFAMISHA if you want to stay on top of my upcoming bootcamps, more fitness tips, or overall "Famisha'isms" of the day. Have a beautiful fitness filled week!!
As Always...Stay Fit and Happy!