I hope you've had a PRODUCTIVE week! Are you ready for the weekend?! I LUV playing and having fun on the weekend! Making exercise exciting can keep you interested and motivated to workout on the weekend too!! One way to do that?! Spice up your routine by taking your workout outdoors :D
Research shows that exercising outdoors is more satisfying and can burn more calories then doing it inside.
The following are some AWESOME ways to get FIT in the great outdoors! These nature-based workouts will tone but they're so fun, they feel more like play! WOOO WHOOO!!
It's way more mentally, physically, and visually simulating then slogging on a treadmill. And research shows that people improved their running speed after 6 weeks of hill practice.
Even a short distance will cut it. Elevation changes and uneven terrain add plenty of difficulty. A tough trail run can take twice as long to complete as a road-based one!
Focus on keeping your effort steady rather then your pace. You want your charge downhill to feel comparable to your crawl uphill.
It's a fierce and scenic upper-body activity: Each time you pull your paddle through the water, you're working your arms, shoulders, back, chest, and entire core. Pick up the pace for an intense cardio sesh.
Adding pushups to your fitness routine will help you go faster and longer in the water.
If the water temperature is under 60 degrees, you'll want to wear a wet suit or dry suit ;)
This bikini body-building sport is all about quick sprints, lunges, and squats on sand. Studies reveal that running on the stuff uses significantly more energy then running on a firm surface, meaning beach volleyball torches far more calories then the indoor version of the sport.
The secret to good passing: Keep it simple. Use as little arm motion as possible and make your legs your main power source. This will get you a stronger, more forceful pass.
Don't wait until the ball is in the air to chase it; the key to beach volleyball is interception. As your teammate touches the ball and you see her body positioning, jump into action.
To keep from falling over on a floating board, every muscle from your shoulders to your calves has to get involved.
First-timers can kneel on the board to practice staying steady.
If you're paddling on your right side, your left hand should be on top of the paddle, and vice versa :)
This weekend I'm going to fry fat while soaking up some summer sun! What about you?!
Have a FITastic weekend!!
SEE YOU on Monday :D
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist