Summer – Health Coach Corner

Hello summer!  Who else loves hot, sunny weather?  I just love Michigan summers!  After spending 5 years in Arizona… it’s so nice to be in summer weather where it’s enjoyable.  You can’t go biking or hiking or running in 115 degree heat.  But, 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s are bearable.

What’s your favorite summer fitness activity?   Is it different than year-round?   Do you have a creative idea?  Please comment!!

Here are some of my favorite summer fitness activities and some ideas for YOU:

Corn hole, croquet and other “yard games” – yes, you can consider these fitness activities.  You are standing, walking, bending or throwing – and using muscles

Basketball – try the “1 minute game” – you take turns with friends or family and see how many baskets you can make in 1 minute.  It ends up being interval training because you’re trying to hurry and running after the ball a lot (well, I’m running after it!)

Biking – if you don’t have a bike… find one at a garage sale!  I found a pink beach cruiser (I love it) at a garage sale for $60.  Works perfect.  Biking is an excellent way to burn calories and work your large, lower body muscles

Swimming – find a pool or a lake and go swimming!

Kickball or softball – gather your friends or family members and have a good old fashion kickball game at your local park!  We did this a few years ago and it was a blast, plus a great cardio burn and good laughs (stress reliever)

Do you have an idea?  Share!