The sun is out, the breeze is blowing, and safety restrictions are slowly, but surely, being lifted. It is the perfect time to get outside, move your body, and maybe even make some new friends. Be prepared to have the fittest summer of your life by attending one or multiple summertime fitness events. Some events are open and free to the public, while others require a registration process and fee. The outdoor heat can sometimes be intimidating, but if you take proper precautions, you will be set up for success and increased stamina and health.
Turn up Your Fitness Routine for the Summer
The advantages of getting your body moving over the summer extend beyond improving your health and physical abilities. Other perks include social interaction and supporting worthwhile causes. One way to kick-start your summer fitness journey is to register for a scheduled running event. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and get fit while also getting involved in the community. Oftentimes, registration fees go to support community endeavors, and many races donate their proceeds to a charitable organization or raise money for a worthy cause. So not only are you getting the physical benefits of training for the race, but you are helping others as well.
Many people participate in races to socialize and meet new people. Whether you are looking for a significant other or simply a new friend, you are likely to make social bonds and connections while participating.
With Summer Comes So Many Options
Do you prefer running or swimming? Free weights or machines? Team sports or individual challenges? Every athlete is made differently and has different preferences. Luckily, there is an exercise for everyone. Depending on where you live, you may have the following options available to you:
- Weight-Lifting Challenges
- Team Sports (football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, etc.)
- Individual Sports (boxing, tennis, swimming)
- Relay Adventures
- Boot Camps
- Pilates/Yoga Excursions
Get Prepared for More Outdoor Fitness Activities
Once you find the perfect event for your current level of athleticism and passion, it is time to start preparing. Some people elect to hire a personal trainer, whereas others prefer to develop their own training program using phone applications, exercise plans, or other resources. The goal of preparation is to increase physical performance through strategic exercises. If the event occurs outside, it is beneficial to ensure you are preparing outdoors so that your body can adjust to exercising in outdoor temperatures. This will increase your overall performance on the big day.
Make sure that you apply sunscreen liberally and frequently to protect yourself from burning. It is also important to stay hydrated by drinking water consistently while exerting energy outdoors. When preparing your body for a long run or more advanced activity, you should include high-intensity exercise to ensure that you can increase your overall endurance. It is important that you do not over-work yourself or you may become injured and not make it to the big day.
Enjoy the Moment
After preparation, it is time to show off all your hard work and dedication. Be sure that your embrace the moment and find pride in all the hours you put into improving your athleticism. Feel free to post your accomplishments on social media or call and share with friends or family members. Do not take your hard work for granted. Embracing this moment will likely keep you even more motivated to continue your journey to improved health.
So you stepped your fitness game up for summer and challenged yourself. Now what? After successfully finishing your event—especially physically-taxing events like triathlons, marathons, or fitness competitions—you must give your muscles and body time for recovery. If you fail to give your muscles and body this recovery time, it can lead to soreness, sprains, and even long-term issues. To prevent pain and injury, follow guidelines given by a fitness professional or your doctor. Many athletes use a foam roller or soak in a bath with Epsom salt afterward to prevent any aches or pains. These items can be found at most department stores or superstores. If you do not suspect burnout or injury, feel free to continue your routine.
Many people miss out on the fun of summertime fitness activities because they are deterred by the heat or simply do not know where to start. If you utilize the proper preparation and post-game strategies, you can make this your fittest and healthiest season yet.