It can be challenging to keep up your exercise regime during the hot summer months. Between sweltering city apartments and the UK’s lack of air conditioning, exercise is probably the last thing you want to do right now. However, staying active is an integral part of maintaining a healthy mind and body.
The summer months provide longer days, brighter weather, and the chance to get more fresh air. Walking, running, or cycling can improve your heart health and help diminish any anxiety you may be feeling this summer. Here are a few activities you could try this summer to keep your body and mind healthy.
Tennis can be played throughout the year – both indoors and outdoors. If you feel inspired by Wimbledon, it might be time to get out on the court and surprise yourself. Enjoy an afternoon game of tennis with a friend or partner who is at a similar level of fitness to you. You could even play a doubles game with your family.
Nothing beats cycling through the British countryside on a warm sunny day. Cycling is suitable for most ages and is a brilliant way to relax and exercise simultaneously. It’s essential to invest in cycle insurance to protect you and your family while you’re cycling the day away.
There are hundreds of styles of dance – from breakdancing to pole dancing. Enjoy an outdoor dance class with your friend or try out an online Zumba class to dance from the comfort of your home. You could even make it a date night and attend a salsa class with your partner on a romantic summer’s evening.
If you enjoy team sports, football might be the activity for you this summer. Join a local team, make a few friends, and reap the health benefits of this intensive sport. Football can improve your muscle mass, bone strength, stamina, speed and concentration – what’s not to like?
A cool swim is a perfect antidote to hot summer weather. Swimming can help you to maintain a healthy weight while also toning your muscles. You could check out your local leisure centre or research wild swimming spots in your area.
Rugby is a little more intense and not for the faint-hearted. You could join your local rugby team for some exercise and a little stress relief. Rugby can be rough, and the rules are confusing if you are not familiar with the ins and outs of them.
Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise. You can pretty much do it anywhere, and it’s a brilliant way to improve your health. Try joining your local Park Run group or downloading the Couch to 5K app for some guidance if you’re a new runner.
It’s important to enjoy the exercise that you do – try out a few new activities this summer and find the right one for your lifestyle.Last modified: July 20, 2021