I consider Summer my off-season when it comes to my physical fitness. I just end up filling my agenda up with other activities that going to the gym falls a little lower on the totem poll. Not to mention, my prime time I usually work out is when Colbi was in school and now that she’s not, I want to spend all the time that I can with her. Now there are ways that I can workout.. I can go in the morning before Alex goes to work. I can drop my daughter off with my mother for an hour before she goes to work. I can do at home work outs.. There is no excuse and I can definitely make it happen.
Although, I certainly like to use summer as an excuse to work out in different ways then just the traditional gym time. My top five summer ways to get fit are:
- Running/Walking on Local Trails
I absolutely adore the outdoors and being in the sunshine. To me, working out outside doesn’t really seem like a workout to me. It puts my mind and my mood in a whole new spectrum. I put swimming as my number one because there is just something so peaceful about diving into the water and being completely engulfed while the rest of the world falls silent for a little while. And I truly feel as though hiking is just completely underrated. There’s something about unplugging and feeling so distance from the business of life and allowing yourself to become one with nature and God’s beautiful creations.
“I put swimming as my number one because there is just something so peaceful about diving into the water and being completely engulfed while the rest of the world falls silent for a little while.”
I never payed attention to how much of a workout kayaking was until I spent Father’s Day with my dad one day on a 10 hour Kayak trip. It was unbelievably eye opening. My muscles were sore toward the end and then a few days after. My arms and my core were burning. Again, it is something so peaceful about just floating along the river. I can hear Pocahontas singing now.
A couple years ago my family and I took a trip to the place called the Creeper Trail in VA. I promise it’s not as scary as it sounds. It’s a 10 mile bike ride in the mountains and the views were break-taking. The trail is built over an old railway so most of it was a steady decline (hence the name-creeper). We went over beautiful streams and through the cutest towns. They have little picnic areas along the way. You start in the small town at the bottom of the “mountain” and there is a company that you can rent bikes from and they transport you to the top where the ride starts. It was really awesome and fun for everyone involved. Very family friendly.
What are some of your favorite ways to get fit? Let me know in the comments!