Fitness Favorite: Fun Summer Workouts

Fitness Favorite: Fun Summer Workouts

The best kind of workout is a one that doesn’t feel like you’re exercising at all. Luckily during the hot summer months there are plenty of outside activities to get your body moving and burning calories without feeling like you are slaving away at the gym. Personally, when the weather warms up I love to venture outside the gym and enjoy the great outdoors. I like riding bikes, stand up paddling and kayaking too. When you’re fitness oriented, it’s important to keep your workout routine fresh and fun. Most importantly, you need to keep you body guessing so it doesn’t acclimate to your exercise regimen. This way you can maintain that awesome Bikini Boot Camp physique you worked so hard for…

Here are a few of my favorite no-workout workouts for the summer:

  1. Take a ride. Riding bikes during the summer keeps my arms and legs toned. Plus, ditching the car and opting to ride burns extra calories you can bank for other summer outings (More waffle cookies, anyone?).
  2. Paddle out. If you live near the beach or a lake, I highly recommend stand up paddle boarding. Not only is it a serene experience floating across the top of the water, it’s also a wonderful way to exercise. Dig your paddle deep into the water with each row and you will get a serious back and core workout.
  3. Kayak. For a great arm and abs workout, go kayaking. It’s a fun way to squeeze in your upper body conditioning without hitting the weights. Bonus: Kayaking makes for a great summer date too! Adventure is always a fun way to fall in love.

What’s your favorite summer sweat?

XO Lauren

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  • Melissa Panici

    I definately love bike riding! That has always been my favorite activity in the summer. I really wish I lived near a lake or ocean. I would LOVE to paddle board and kayak! Thanks Lauren!

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  • Sarah Heckle

    I don’t care for running during the summer, so I’m always looking for ways to work out that don’t involve that, haha. I really like hiking and I””ve been doing lots of yoga lately :)

    Sarah

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  • Jamie Gage

    I LOVE stand up paddle boarding. I practice on the river near my home. Definitely challenging and fun!

  • The Stylish Student

    Great tips! I love to swim laps in the summer. That way the heat has no effect on my workout!

    http://www.thestylishstudent.com

  • Amy Breckenridge

    swimming at the beach is my favorite workout! it feels so effortless and fun but is good for you at the same time :)

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  • Emily Hobbs

    I love riding my bike! I could ride for hours! :) we just bought kayaks for my dad’s 50th birthday so we go on the river and I love it so much! It’s a really good workout especially if your going aganist the current. :) xo Emily

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  • Larissa Wilhelm

    Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding are on my Fitness Bucketlist. I’ve been scouring the web for rentals for SUP, but nothing around my area. I guess that will have to be one of the activities I do when I make it out to Cali! :-)

    Check out my Workout Wednesday post on http://fitnessmisc.blogspot.com/. It’s Thighs & Tush Toning!

  • Micaela Luis

    I love bike riding! God, it makes me go back to my childhood again, it’s great!

  • Julia Renkert

    I went kayaking a week or two ago and it was so much fun! I definitely want to get out there again soon!

    Julia
    http://cupoftea-style.blogspot.com

  • Jessica | My Style vita

    If I can find a friend with a boat, wakeboarding is the extreme way to burn some calories.

    xoxo Jessica

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  • Megan Babin

    I ride my bike back and forth to work everyday..and I also run my errands riding my bike..great workout…now i need to work on my core to match my toned arms and legs (:

  • Kelby Peachey

    I got my bike back in May for my birthday and its one of my favorite activities to do this summer. :) Don’t foret the helmet. :)

    Of course, have always been a fan of Zumba. ;)

    -Kelby

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  • Brenna Gray

    I have been doing the Insanity workout at home for almost 2 months now! Next week is my last week, but I might just be insane because I’m thinking of doing it all over again! I love to canoe and kayak in the summer with my brother and boyfriend on the lake and I also love to swim. I am a little mermaid… wish I had a bike though…

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  • Jennifer Woodring

    I love all three of these activities. Bike riding and kayaking are my regular summer activities, but I’ve only stand up paddled twice. It was fun, but I enjoy kayaking more than the SUP.

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  • Rachael Yanta

    Great tips! I tried paddle boarding last summer but I was pretty terrible at it! It definitely was a great workout though.

    http://www.rachaelkhawkins.blogspot.com

  • Maria Louise Hasler

    Love it! I think its sometimes hard to go to the gym in the summerheat. And even run outside is sometimes even harder.. Especally since I live in Norway, and the summer is pretty short up here so we have to enjoy every bit of it! Therefore I`ve followed your tips an startet to bicyckle all the way to work – thanks! ;)

  • Beauty to Sparkle

    Great workout ideas! Once summer started, I couldn’t stand the gym. To workout, I love hiking and walking. Enjoying nature and burning calories at the same time is the best thing ever :)

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  • C Hayes

    Swimming + cardio !!! Or a dance class like Zumba

    C.Hayes

    http://www.funkybeautiful.blogspot.com

  • Linh Ly

    I love these activities. It’s just not the regular boring work outs at the gym or running. Does anyone know a good activity for abs?

    Linh

    http://befashionfit.blogspot.com/

  • Coach Alexandrea J.

    I definitely love to ride bikes but I haven’t in awhile because I no longer own a bike but I really need to buy one because it is a great way to exercise & have fun!!

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  • Hanny R

    I like walking, biking, swimming, and i hope to kayak before this summer ends! I really want to try yoga paddleboarding since I know a lot of people enjoy the combos of paddleboarding and doing yoga at the same time.

    If I lived either on the west coast I would had gone surfing.

  • Anna Ailinca

    I love to go swimming and riding the bike!

  • Taylor Hutmacher

    I love to take an early morning jog

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