Outdoor Exercises To Enjoy The Summer

By:    Published: January 31, 2012

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Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate nature. While some people might opt to stay at home due to the elevating heat outdoors, exercising and exploring the outdoors during summer can help increase their overall sense of wellbeing. Not only does exercise in general contribute to staying fit and healthy, moderate amounts of sunshine has also been shown to increase vitamin D synthesis in our skin, increase feel-good endorphins, and increase social activity. Here are some suggestions for some outdoor activities that can help you stay active during the summer.

Water Sports Swimming

During summertime, swimming and water sports may be the ideal forms of exercise, since you will not experience the unpleasant "sticky" feeling of perspiration. Similarly, water sports may also keep you feeling cool under the sun. Some water sports you may want to check out include:

  • Kayaking
  • Water skiing
  • Surfing
  • Body boarding
  • Boogie boarding
  • Jet skiing
  • Sailing
  • Water peddling
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Rowing
  • Fishing

Beach Activities

The beach, a vast playground of endless activities and opportunities to exercise, is often synonymous with summertime. You can have a change of scenery by performing your normal exercise routine on or near the beach. It is also a great opportunity to socialize and spend time with your loved ones. Some activities that are fun and can help you stay fit on the beach include:

  • Jogging (try jogging along the water line for a new experience)
  • Cycling
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Beach volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Flag football
  • Relay team sprints
  • Walking your dog
  • Rollerblading

Other Great Summer Outdoor Activities

Don't live near the beach or a large body of water for water sports? There are still other fun ways to soak up the sunshine and get your blood pumping. Here are some suggestions:

  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Outdoor Yoga
  • Stroll around your neighborhood
  • Water balloon fight
  • Jogging
  • Rock climbing
  • Horseback riding
  • "Treasure" hunting (such as geocaching - there are several organizations that sponsor national-level treasure searching)

Tips on Staying Cool

Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be detrimental, and exercising extensively in the sun is no exception. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy and avoid heat-related illnesses:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Wear protective clothing that are well-ventilated
  • Avoid the midday sun
  • Have plenty of shade around

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it could be a sign of possible heat-related illness. Be sure to stop your activity, seek cool shade, and replenish your fluids. If the symptoms worsen, be sure to seek medical help immediately:

  • Dizziness and headache
  • Confusion
  • Lack of sweating despite high body temperature
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Rapid or irregular heart beat

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