5 Fun Summer Activities That Still Count as Working Out

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Come summertime, nothing feels better than getting outside in the sunshine. Here are some fun ways to enjoy outdoor workouts during the season.

by Catherine Santino

By the time summer finally rolls around, nothing feels better than getting outside in the sunshine. Between the boost of vitamin D and the revitalizing smell of fresh air, who wouldn't want to take advantage of the endless summer fun going on around you?

Here's the good news: Outdoor workouts can be just as beneficial as anything you do in the gym, and you'll be able to enjoy all that the summer weather has to offer. Plus, it's always nice to mix up your routine a bit when the seasons change; that way, you can keep things feeling fresh and exciting.

Grab your sunscreen (and a big water bottle), lace up your sneakers and get outside! Here are five fun ways to enjoy outdoor workouts this season.

1. Exploring a Hiking Trail

You don't have to scale a mountain to get a good workout from a hike. Simply find a park near you that offers hiking trails and spend the afternoon exploring it, taking in all the scenery. It's a good idea to choose a trail that's appropriate for your fitness level, but don't be afraid to challenge yourself a bit and tackle that uphill trek, you can always take a break and rest if you need to!

2. Running on the Beach

Running is obviously a great outdoor workout, but running on the beach brings your workout to a whole new level. As noted by Competitor Running, running on sand is not only better for your joints — the effort it requires also provides a boost of resistance training. Factor in the beach views and refreshing mist coming off the water, and you've got yourself an ideal workout.

3. Paddleboarding

If you're looking for more adventurous outdoor workouts, look no further than paddleboarding. It's great for strengthening your core and improving your balance. Plus, it makes for an incredibly fun day spent with your best friend or significant other. Just remember your sunglasses and sunscreen; the sun reflecting off the water can be pretty powerful!

4. Bicycling

Many people use bicycles as a form of transportation, but cycling can provide a great workout (and be pretty fun), too! Riding is a great way to get a cardio blast, strengthen your leg muscles, and work your core all at once. Thanks to the warmer weather, you can head out for a spin almost anytime. Biking is the perfect way to relax after a long day, and a good opportunity to bask in all the glory of summertime — just be sure to remember your helmet.

5. Swimming

Is there anything better than the tired-in-the-best-way feeling that comes after a day of swimming in the sunshine? No, there is not.

Grab your friends or family and head to a nearby beach or lake for a low-impact, cardio workout that doesn't feel like a workout at all. What more could you ask for?

As always, please consult with a physician prior to beginning any exercise program. See full medical disclaimer here.