Summer is officially here, the days seem to last forever and we havenâ€™t had to even look at our winter coat in months so now is the time to get out there and start enjoying the summer sun and get yourself into shape. There are plenty of outdoor activities you can try that donâ€™t have to cost the earth and that are going to get you fighting fit in no time.
Swimming is something that most of us learn to do as children but then never seem to bother with once weâ€™re adults unless weâ€™re on holiday and just having a poolside splash about. Swimming is not the ideal exercise if youâ€™re looking to lose weight but if you simply want to get into shape swimming is a great cardiovascular workout. It getâ€™s your whole body moving, strengthens and tones your muscles and itâ€™s also proven to be a good sport to relax you.
Everyone can swim, itâ€™s a natural instinct but obviously if youâ€™re not confident stick to the shallow water. If you havenâ€™t been swimming in a while start off with an achievable goal like ten lengths of the pool for your first session with only the one rest stop half way through. Try to go at least twice a week and add two more lengths each time you go. Before you know it youâ€™ll have built up your endurance levels, be generally fitter and feel more toned.
Swimming is a great summer sport because on a hot summers day the thereâ€™s nothing quite like the thought of jumping into a large cool pool of water. Most towns and cities will have public swimming pools that arenâ€™t too expensive and easy to get to.
Cycling is another great cheap sport anyone can try for the summer months. Like swimming, most of us learn to ride a bike when weâ€™re kids and never bother to get on a bike once weâ€™ve got our drivers license. If youâ€™re new to cycling youâ€™re not going to want to rush out to buy a brand new bike but if you ask around your friends and family youâ€™re bound to know someone who has one that you could borrow for a while. Once youâ€™ve got used to the idea itâ€™s easy to pick up a cheap bike online.
Itâ€™s very important to remember your safety when it comes cycling, even if youâ€™re not intending to ride very fast itâ€™s imperative you have a helmet and safety pads. Itâ€™s also a good idea to invest in a good pair of sunglasses if youâ€™re cycling in the summer, these will not only keep the sun out your eyes but theyâ€™ll also keep any bugs out too. Donâ€™t forget your water; itâ€™s very easy to get dehydrated when youâ€™re out for a ride so make sure youâ€™ve got plenty to drink.
Cycling is another great cardiovascular sport which means itâ€™s great for keeping your heart in shape and improving your overall fitness levels. Once youâ€™ve invested in your bike itâ€™s going to be free to ride it and with a little investigation youâ€™re sure to find some great local parks and areas of natural beauty you can ride in.
For most of us the idea of running fills us with dread but itâ€™s the cheapest and easiest sport you can try to get in shape. When the summer weather kicks in it can be a great way to get out in the evenings and unwind after a stressful day in the office. All you need is a good pair of running shoes, if theyâ€™re too lose or too small theyâ€™re going give you blisters so make sure youâ€™re wearing something that fits properly.
If you havenâ€™t run since high school (or the last time you were about to miss the bus) then you need to start off slow and easy. For your first outing run for a minute then walk for a minute then the next day try running for two minutes and walking for one. If youâ€™re making the effort to get out and run a few times a week it wonâ€™t be long before youâ€™ve got a good level of stamina and youâ€™re able to run without getting too out of breath.
Running is another great cardiovascular exercise thatâ€™s going to strengthen your heart and itâ€™s also great for weight loss so long as youâ€™re using it as part of a healthy balanced diet. Itâ€™s also something anyone can do anywhere, whether youâ€™re just going for a run in your own neighborhood or round the local park, summer is a great time to start running.