It’s summertime… and time to get your sweat on! Here are eight fun ways to start moving.
Exercise doesn’t have to mean a boring hour pounding away on the treadmill. Whether you have a gym membership or not, you can have a great workout with these heart-pumping activities.
JOIN A CLASS
Grab a buddy and try a new class at the gym – Zumba, ballet, yoga, Pilates or spinning, there are usually lots of options. If you prefer grooving and stretching at home then pick up a Zumba DVD and yoga mat.
SKIP YOUR WORKOUT
Bring out your inner child with a skipping rope or hula hoop. (That’s what we meant by “skip”.) They’re both major calorie burners and half an hour of jumping and twisting will fly by when you hit play on your favourite playlist.
Ditch the car and choose a bike or some rollerblades when popping to your local shop. Trying to stay upright on your skates will give you a full body workout!
HIT THE BEACH
If you live near the coast, take advantage of the warmer weather and head to the beach for a game of volleyball, Frisbee or soccer. Running on sand is a fantastic workout for the legs.
JUMP IN THE POOL
If low-intensity training is what you’re after, then take advantage of the warm gym pool and swim a few laps – or take an aqua aerobics class. Just remember you’ll need a decent swimsuit, goggles and a swim cap before jumping in.
TAKE A HIKE
Hiking is the perfect cardio and lower body workout. Your legs and glutes won’t know what hit them. Hiking is always more fun with friends and you can easily make heading out on a trail a regular occurrence by setting up a WhatsApp group. Some hiking essentials include: sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, water, healthy snacks and a daypack to carry it all in.
BALANCE IT OUT
Swipe your RCS Card and make yourself the proud owner of a brightly coloured balance ball. This versatile piece of exercise equipment will help you tone your tummy, strengthen your arms and tighten your glutes. There’s a never-ending list of exercises you can try with this – it’s even suggested as an alternative to an office chair!
GO FOR A RUN
Get a pair of running shoes, slip them on, and take your fitness routine to the streets. Summer is a great time of year for running – whether you’re pounding the pavement solo, or joining a big event. The RCS Gugulethu Reconciliation Day 10km Race is a great place to start. It’s flat, it’s not as long as a half-marathon (21km), and the course takes you past some historical landmarks, like the memorial to the Gugulethu Seven. The race is on 16 December, and you can enter the 10km or the 4km fun run – whichever suits your pace the best. Enter now on www.entrytime.com.