Staying Fit for the Summer

Summer is right around the corner and it’s not too late to start getting in shape! We’ve compiled simple exercises you can do to stay fit.

Summer is approaching rapidly; it’s just around the corner. College graduations have come and gone, and elementary school and high school graduations will be here, with the warm weather already here.

But are you in the best shape you’d like to be for the summer yet?

It can be difficult, especially at the end of an academic year, to get into final shape before the summer begins.

You’re stressing about school, your homework, your job, maybe even graduation, or maybe your schedule is just so hectic that you can barely slide in half an hour to go to the gym.

Although a longer work-out is may be something that you like doing, I have always heard that it’s the quality of it, not the length of time!

Taking 20 minutes to jog around your neighborhood, or 15 minutes of pushups can make all the difference.

Here are some exercises to get you in shape for the warm weather.

Swimming

Swimming has always been my main go-to sport and workout. It’s the perfect way to stretch out almost every single muscle in your body.

Plus, since you’re in the water already, you can relax in the cool water after your workout. Arm pulls help to strengthen your arm muscles, stretch out your shoulders, and create larger pull.

Leg pulls and kicks help to strengthen your calf muscles and your feet, helping you to hold your entire body above the water, which strengthens your core.

Put those few things together and you’ll be a master swimmer in no time – with practice, of course!

Jogging – Outside/Treadmill

While jogging slowly may seem like it doesn’t work for you, it really does!  You don’t need to be an Olympic sprinter in order to have a jog or a run help you stay in shape.

As long as you pace yourself, take your time, and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, you’re all set.

This is a great way to tone your feet, your legs, and it can even help your core!

Pushups/Sit-ups/Crunches

I know – this doesn’t sound appealing in the slightest. It never did to me, either. However, these three things can help to get you into the best shape you want to be in.  They work wonders!

Like all things, you need to pace yourself, take your time, and make sure you’re doing the movements correctly as to not injure yourself.

There are tons of YouTube videos you can follow to make sure you’ve got it down!  With these three things, you can strengthen your back, shoulders, core, legs, and arms.

Of course, as with everything, there is no set time limit…do what feels right to you!

Yoga/Pilates/Weight Lifting

I had to do all three of these, along with a two and a half hour swim practice for my high school swim team. Yes, all four! And it helped a bunch.

Yoga can be very relaxing; both for body and soul, but it helps gain stamina and strengthen your muscles. So you can relax and work out at the same time.

Pilates and weight lifting are a little more difficult than yoga; however, they both increase your strength!

The great thing about these exercises is that you can go at your own pace and take whatever kind of weights you want, whether it be light or heavy. You can work your way up.

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