The summer season can provide a great boost to your health and fitness levels. Exercising in the fresh air and sunshine works wonders on the mind & body. Sometimes, however, the summer can get too hot to safely exercise outdoors. On the days when the mercury soars, here are a few tips to exercise indoors:
- Indoor swimming: As it is a low-impact activity, swimming is excellent for cardiovascular fitness. If you can’t swim, try performing water aerobics or simple range of motion exercises. The water will partially support your bodyweight taking the stress off your joints while at the same time providing resistance to improve muscle strength. The water will also help you stay cool, so you can exercise longer and burn more calories.
- Hit the local gym: There are different types of exercise equipment available at most gyms to suit your individual needs. You can use the treadmill, stationery bike, elliptical, or rowing machine to improve your endurance; and use free weights or machines to pack on the muscle. There is also a social aspect to working out in the gym that can motivate you, and professionals are at hand in case you need assistance.
- Indoor sports: Several great options include basketball, squash, table tennis, badminton, and indoor rock climbing. Regardless of your fitness level, you will notice a substantial improvement once you get involved in the game.
- Working out at home: If you prefer not to drive to a gym or sporting facility in the summer heat, then working out in the comfort of your home may be right for you. Some of the benefits are: you have better concentration, you save time, and you don’t have to pay for a gym membership.
Adding new physical activity to your daily routine can be a good thing; however, if you have existing health problems, are not currently active, or are unsteady on your feet, consult your doctor prior to beginning your exercise program.