Less is more when it comes to summer workouts. For many people, longer days and warmer weather mean less frequent visits to the health club and less consistent exercise. Don’t let this deter you from maintaining all of the hard-earned fitness gains you worked for during the winter months.
Instead of beating yourself up emotionally for missing your favorite group exercise class this week, try and fit in just 20-30 minutes of some activity either at home or here at Dedham Health.
If you can raise your heart rate and move your body for just 20-30 minutes at least twice a week, you will be able to maintain much of the strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular benefits that you have worked so hard to achieve.
Our bodies are very efficient and it can take months to build lean muscle mass and improve aerobic performance. Though, once our body has adapted and taken the time to grow stronger, we can maintain much of those gains by signaling to our body a few times per week that we still need those strength and cardiovascular abilities.
Try 30 minutes cycling, treadmill work, or a TRX class. Take a chance with a 20-minute H.I.I.T. class. Go for a brisk walk at a moderate pace.
Try hiking the local parks or city neighborhoods. Summer is a great time to try a new class or activity that can be motivating, physically beneficial, and most of all, FUN!
For more health and wellness tips, visit our website.Have a wonderful summer and stay fit!
-Robbie G., Exercise Physiologist at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex