How to Make The Most of Summer

published Jul 13, 2018

New Workout Adventures

Summer is here! Now is the best time to get outside and work your body into shape. The warm weather opens up opportunities to try new things. Often in winter, we are forced to stay inside and workout in gyms. There are many other sports out there that can add variety to your life during this season. You may even find a new favorite exercise; it all comes down to trying something new.

Here's the deal

These sports can add some serious adventure to your life. A lot of these activities are also kid-friendly making it easy to turn them into a family activity. Not only are they fun activities, they’ll help you enjoy nature, relax and boost your health.  

Hiking Helps Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Hiking

Muscles that are worked:

  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstrings
  • Calves
  • Glutes
  • Hip Muscles
  • Abdominal
Muscles worked while Hiking

Hiking is excellent for the body and can reduce your risk of heart diseases Getting into hiking can help you manage your weight better. Hiking can burn up to about 250 calories per hour.  Losing weight from hiking is more long-term than those who only depend on diets for weight loss.

Kids can also benefit from taking a hike! Kids that are more active while young will most likely stay active throughout their lives. Exploring the outdoors may also help kids maintain healthy energy levels allowing them to sleep better.

See The World From A Different Perspective

hang gliding

Muscles that are worked:

  • Triceps
  • Abdomen 
  • Neck

    Hang gliding is an excellent alternative for people who usually like to spend their time skiing. You still get the chance to navigate through an exciting course but from different heights. Hang gliding is not all fun and games. It also provides a serious workout for your arms and allows you to glide through the air stress-free. Being mentally alert while hang gliding is necessary for your safety. This level of concentration enables you to think about the activity at hand and not the stresses of day-to-day life.

    Get a Core Workout from Kayaking

    kayaking

    Muscles that are worked:

    • Rotator Cuff
    • Biceps Brachii
    • Triceps Brachii
    • Trapezius
    • Latissimus Dorsi
    • Rhomboids

    Kayaking is a good way to get you out on the water! There are many different kayaking environments that you can explore flat water is the most common and is best for beginners. Flatwater kayaking allows you to paddle across calm water and relax. It is also a great environment for sightseeing and experiencing the moment.

    It Doesn't End There

    Despite flat water kayaking being a relaxing experience, it is also a workout. Kayaking requires that you use a lot of power to propel yourself across the water. Paddling uses your back, arms, shoulders, and chest. Your body is constantly rotating from one side to the other so; you will also work your torso and legs.

    One of the best things about kayaking is that it is a low impact sport. Though you are getting a full body workout, it's a workout that is easy on the joints. Meaning that kayaking is an ideal sport for almost everyone!

    This Activity Will Work Every Muscle in Your Body

    rock climbing

    Muscles that are worked:

    • Latissimus Dorsi
    • Forearm Flexors
    • Gastrocnemius and Soleus

    Do you want to get your cardio while working out your, legs, arms, neck, back and everything in-between?  Well, who doesn't! Rock climbing is an all-in-one workout. The movement that it takes to climb will work everything from your fingertips to your toes. Rock climbing is one of those things that takes time to get good at, but when you do, you can basically dance up the side of a mountain.

    From those heights, you can see the world through new eyes- as long as you're not too afraid to look down! Rock climbing requires a lot of concentration and planning for your next move. To be in this state of mind will allow you to focus on the goal in front of you and nothing else. It is also considered to be a low impact activity that lets you improve your heart rate and stamina.

    Step Out of Bounds

    Adventure

    Adventure sports give you the opportunity to, not only try new sports but to see things you might frequently miss. For those people that live in big cities, this is even truer. It's easy to get wrapped up city life to forget about the world of nature around you. So while the weather is nice, take the time to step out of the city bounds in the wilderness, a land of an adventure.

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