You spent all winter working on your beach body. Here’s a few of our favorite ways to maintain that level of fitness through the rest of summer.
1. CYCLING and BIKING
The great thing about bike workouts are the many options available. Find adventure on mountain trails or get in the zone on a long distance road trek. Any way you approach it, you’ll be increasing your cardiovascular strength with each passing mile. And if you add cycling to your regular regimen, it won’t be long before you see…and feel…a difference in your calves, thighs and buttocks with reduced impact on your knees and hips compared to other intense activities. (Start riding in the Skech-Air Infinity.)
Not only is it refreshing to take a dip in the hot sun, swimming is one of the most efficient forms of exercise out there. As a cardiovascular activity it offers a surefire way to strengthen your heart and lungs that steps up easily with your fitness level and endurance. Best of all it’s a full body muscular activity that’s extremely low impact. Swimming activates muscles from your arms to your chest and core through to your legs. It’s great for injury rehab too…so if you’re having knee issues from running, you can keep up your routine in the water. (Slip into The Persistent when you get out of the water.)
3. WALKING / RUNNING / HIKING
It really just comes down to standing up and moving. In the advent of fitness trackers, we’ve all started taking the long way on foot to get that step count up. From a stroll around the block to a half marathon jog–running and walking is the easiest and most accessible way to get your blood flowing. And no matter where you find yourself this summer, it’s the one fitness activity that you’re always able to experience. (Skechers GOwalk 3 will keep you moving.)
The over 20 million Americans who practice yoga regularly have a deep understanding of the benefits that this Eastern practice can have on fitness and well-being. Learning the key poses that stretch your body from core to fingers and toes plus key techniques for improved balance, focus and breathing will help reduce the chance of injury and recovery in other activities. Check out this infographic and benefits rundown from the Huffington Post and you’ll be convinced to become master of your downward facing dog. (The Stretch-Fit – Glider coordinates with your yoga style.)
5. STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING
When you see someone standing on a board while paddling (otherwise known as SUP) across the horizon, it looks serene and peaceful. That it definitely is, but in reality it can also be an intense workout that activates your core. With proper form, SUP is a fantastic activity for building ab strength while the constant tiny adjustments required to maintain balance work your leg muscles too. Learn the basics in a calm, protected harbor or marina, then dial it up when you face the waves. Either way it’s low impact, high calorie burning, super fun and gets you out on the water! What could be better! (Carry your board wearing comfy Skechers on-the-GO – Flow sandals.)
How do you like to keep up your activity level through the warmest time of year? Let us know in the comments!