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Summer the perfect time to change workout

New ideas: a kickboxing class could be perfect for the summer

I read an article this weekend that talked about how the summer is ideal for maintaining your fitness level. But what about the rest of the year?

The long days of summer give us more options to maintain our fitness and book a workout buddy.

Season to season our exercise patterns change. I’m totally motivated to run long distances in the winter.

However, during the summer, I barely feel like moving, so I take long bike rides with friends so I can get my workout in. Most physical activity decreases during the summer because of the humidity and heat. Taking care of our bodies is a full-time job.

The new school year begins in just over three weeks and is a perfect time to revisit your new years resolutions. Try and make the best of the long days and get your workout in. When the school schedule begins, get your yearly workout schedule in the books as well.

Check out a few ways below on how to stay focused.

1, The best way to stay motivated is to change it up. Join a circuit training class, a group sport, kickboxing class, Pilates or yoga class. There are so many options in Bermuda. You don’t need to use the same gym

equipment for the entire year. Give yourself at least three months to get focused and see some major physical changes. Try something different each week until you find a routine that works.

2, Try high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It’s a great way to get in shape if you are pressed for time. The important thing is to make exercise in your day a priority. While maintaining fitness, staying active will help you prevent yearly weight gain along with a healthy meal plan.

3, Start now. There’s no wrong time to begin exercise and other healthy choices. Pick a time that works best for you and try an indoor or outdoor workout routine. An outdoor workout will provide vitamin D that will help boost your mood and can diminish depression, sadness or any other negative feelings you may be having.

4, Take advantage of summer flexibility and the increase in daylight and add an extra workout to your schedule. Start a family and friends workout group. Exercise that is enjoyable and fun will have long-lasting effects.

Keep going year round & B-Active For Life

Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Check her out on Facebook: facebook.com/B.ActiveForLife