While autumn is fast approaching, there is still time to take advantage of the warm summer weather and enjoy the great outdoors. Being outside is beneficial both for your physical and mental health, especially when doing something you enjoy. No matter what your level of fitness is, here are 6 ways to make the most of summer while improving your health and wellbeing.
1. Beach jogging
Whether you’re on holiday near the sea or live close by, running on the beach doesn’t only provide a scenic setting in which to exercise but can also take your running routine to the next level. Here are some of the benefits of jogging or running on sand:
2. Open water swimming
Swimming in seas, lakes and rivers can offer extra benefits from swimming in man-made pools. The main characteristic of open water swimming is the temperature of the water, which can be considerably lower than in pools, even during the summer. Because of this, outdoor swimming can benefit you in several ways:
Open water swimming can, however, be very dangerous, so before taking the plunge, make sure you plan your swim and take all the necessary precautions.
Whether it’s kayaking, canoeing or paddleboarding, paddling is good for both your physical and mental health. Paddling is also a very inclusive activity that anyone can try because it’s low impact. Here are some of the health benefits of paddling:
- Improves core strength and stability.
- Makes for a good aerobic workout as even a leisure paddle can burn hundreds of calories per hour.
- Benefits your mental health as exercising on water has been shown to reduce depression and anger, as well as improve confidence.
4. Outdoor yoga
Yoga is known to boost physical and mental wellbeing by focusing on strengths, flexibility and breathing. Whilst it can successfully be practiced both outdoors and indoors, outdoor yoga can bring additional positive experiences to practitioners:
- Heightens the senses - a cool breeze, the song of birds, the smell of grass or other elements of nature can help you better connect with the present moment and with the environment which can aid your yoga practice.
- Improves core strengths and flexibility – practicing yoga on different surfaces can make you get out of your comfort zone and by working harder, you can burn more calories and improve your muscle tone, posture and flexibility.
- Brings calm - being in nature can improve your mood and reduce stress and when you are more relaxed, you can gain further benefits from your yoga session.
With more daylight hours and warmer temperature, summer can be a great opportunity to take as many walks as possible. With no need for equipment and accessible for many people, walking is one of the simplest ways to exercise. Here are some of the benefits of walking:
Gardening is not only good for the environment and wildlife, but it can also be beneficial to your health and wellbeing:
Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still enjoy the benefits of gardening by growing vegetables and herbs in pots such as tomatoes, chillies, basil and rosemary or growing beansprouts in a glass jar.
The warm summer weather can give us many opportunities to make our normal exercise routines feel more like fun than work. Beach jogging, swimming in the sea, paddling, outdoor yoga, walking in the nature or gardening, can all help you keep fit and healthy this summer while also allowing you to take time out for yourself or spend quality time with friends and family.
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