Kami Blease is a personal trainer on Fyt, the nation’s largest personal training service that makes fitness under the expert guidance of an in-person (or virtual), certified fitness professional convenient and accessible for anyone.
Do things you actually enjoy
Rather than focusing on getting your ‘summer body’, try to move in ways that you genuinely enjoy. Not only will you likely remain consistent, but focusing on exercises you derive pleasure from will help improve your mood.
Workout with a buddy
Accountability is a game changer for so many when it comes to working out more consistently, and you’re probably not the only one of your friends wanting to be more active. Pick up a partner sport like pickleball (one of the fastest growing activities in the states) or coordinate a morning coffee and walk with a friend. There are also lots of different workout clubs, so search online to see if there is a running, walking, yoga, or adventure club in your area that gets together regularly. This is a fun way to meet new friends as well!
Keep it short and sweet
Consistency is better than intensity, so if you can move for even 15 minutes most days, you are likely to not only see results but feel better as well. There’s no need to feel like you have to constantly perform high intensity workouts to feel productive. With that approach, you’re more likely to burn out and avoid exercising in general.
Focus on activities rather than traditional workouts
There are a variety of movements that are still challenging and feel more fun than hitting the gym. Think hiking, surfing, swimming, biking, playing volleyball, or ultimate frisbee! It all counts, so don’t assume your workouts have to be of the traditional variety.
Do it in the morning
Most of us are in places that get toasty by mid-day in the summer so being outside is less desirable. If you prioritize your movement in the morning, it’s likely to be nicer out, and it’s a great way to start the day.
Pick active vacations
While lying on the beach with a beverage is amazing, so is exploring a new city through a walking tour or trying your hand at rappelling in a national park. You can add many fun adventures to your travels to change things up and keep your body moving even while on vacation.