Summer is a beautiful season filled with fun and sunshine but you know what else it is known for, unrealistic workout expectations. Summer is the time people want to get in “the best shape of their lives.” They’ve planned it since the beginning of the year; bikini season is the time to start busting out those squats and crunches. Yes, regular gym visits are important with this whole summer fitness stereotype everyone tries to uphold. There is one major problem with this seasonal health kick, however, missing the best part of summer… The weather! As you spend your days in a sweaty, stinky gym, I bet you’re wishing you were outside enjoying the perfect outdoor sunshine. This is why I believe the new “it” thing to do this summer should be outdoor workouts, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Now don’t get too freaked out by the idea of taking your workouts to the great outdoors. I bet you’re thinking you won’t be able to focus and will end up sunbathing rather than doing your 15 rep lunges. Though this thought may cross your mind, I think the best workout to do outside is one that gets you in touch with nature. Workouts such as yoga and pilates are the perfect to do with a scenic view. This way you can enjoy the beautiful sunshine while burning those summertime ice cream calories, and obviously doing it in style.
Yoga and pilates are increasingly becoming more and more popular with our generation. They are not only a great way to improve that bikini body, they also improve your flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness. Both workouts bring the body and mind together in an intensive and challenging way. Yoga and pilates are more focused on building muscles strength and channeling your inner yogi, rather than high-intensive cardio intervals. This makes both practices best for outdoor workouts and will help you to reach your summer bod goal. So next time you’re about to get in your car and mentally prepare for the gym, take your workout right to your backyard and get the best of both summer worlds!
What other outdoor workouts are your favorites to help reach summer body goals? Let us know in the comments below!