5 ways to change up your fitness this summer

In this weeks summer series article I give you all the different types of ways you can bring your fitness outdoors during the summer months.Ireland has been experiencing a relatively dry and sunny summer season to date and we should be taking advantage of it as much as we can.In last weeks piece I gave you 4 tips for keeping on top of your fitness goals while on holiday and the feedback was great.

We should all get out and active as much as we can in the summer months.Changing up your venue and bringing your routine outside while getting a nice dose of vitamin D can only lead to good things. I’ve always been a huge fan of bringing training outdoors and there’s no reason why you can’t too. We spend enough time throughout the year training inside the gym floor so now is the time to get outside,change up your routine a little and use the fitness that you have worked on by doing some activities outside.The key is to keep it varied, fun and effective. You will be surprised what is out there and what you can do.The options are endless and below I have included many ways you get can your workout in.

Group workout/Bootcamp

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There are some really good group based sessions dotted all round the country at your local parks.Like any group based bootcamp style workouts it may take you a few attempts at finding the right trainer and session for you.Like I always say at any training session the main focus should be technique-consistency-intensity.I am a big fan of group based training as they can be fun,varied and a nice change of scenery away from the clammy gym floor.The biggest positive training in a group is the accountability factor and generally getting together with people with a similar interest.I was training this gang above at my local park over the weekend and was part of the Gym plus coffee 10 week summer stretch series They are doing 10 weeks of free workouts every Sunday mornings and are a great way to start your morning.

Parkrun/Trailrun

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With the longer and brighter evenings well underway now should be the time to get out for a run.If you are a person that is eyeing up the Dublin marathon in October you really should be taking advantage of your runs at this stage.If you need to be keeping on eye on measuring distance and logging workouts there are so many ways of tracking this from investing in a good sports watch like a Garmin or polar or even downloading one of the many fitness apps out there on offer From trail runs to park runs the list is endless on the options you have on where to get out and clock up a few miles.The park run events are now dotted all around the country each weekend and is a great way of getting out and working on your 5k run.They organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone,safe and easy to take part in.Its a proven fact that running is not only good for your physical fitness but has huge benefits to your mental fitness also.

Yoga

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Yoga is now hugely popular and this was seen at Dublins health and fitness expo Wellfest last May.Since bringing in yoga into my weekly training schedule I have seen so many benefits from physical to mental fitness.A lot the time we think high intensity workouts with a bootcamp approach is the best for your fitness goals but I would say slowing down and focusing on your mobility and headspace is just and if not more important.There is now yoga sessions dotted all around the country and if you can get an outdoor yoga session into you weekly routine along with a little bit of sunshine then you are certainly doing it right this summer.

Outdoor workout

Since starting up this column I have shown you different variations of how to get a good training session in.The most popular option is getting yourself to the local park with a limited amount of equipment and putting a workout together.Like I have said before you don’t need the most fanciest equipment for the most effective of workouts.Most parks nowadays have really basic equipment like pull up and dip bars and you really can put together a tough little workout here.On top of that having something basic like a suspension trainer,jump rope or even a kettlebell is a extra bonus to bring with you for a outdoor session.In a previous summer series article I gave you full body outdoor workouts you can try that are quite limited with the amount of equipment you need and are fast,fun and effective.

Mix it up

I have mentioned before about totally mixing it up and bringing in something new,different or challenging into your routine.This summer I have brought in sea swimming and has been a nice change to my fitness plan.Doing the same thing over and over again will eventually get boring and can only lead to burnout,fatigue or even just loss of interest.That was the no 1 thing I would see quite often from working on the gym floor.People would join their local gym in January and come the summer they have totally drifted away as they kept doing the same thing and it eventually became a chore.My advice for you this summer is to bring something different into your regime and try keep it outdoors.Anything from sea swimming,mountain biking,hiking,tag rugby to even zip lining the list is really endless.You can find a couple of these ideas here in this article Mixing up your fitness  

David Last is a personal trainer based in Dublin. For more information you can follow him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Or you can send him a direct message here.

You can also see some of his previous articles here.

 

 

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