Michael Phelps . What more can be said of his performance at the recent Summer Olympics in London, and the previous two?
Not only is he the most decorated Olympian ever, but he holds the distinction of winning the most number of world records and medals in the Olympics in his respective discipline.
And with his gold in the 4 into 100 medley relay, he's called it a day, in terms of his career, and probably in the best way that any athlete would dream of.
Speaking of swimming, it's probably one of the oldest forms of "fun" that people participate in during summer, and probably one of the best ways to get into shape…
…which only goes to tell you how much more easier it is to get into shape during the summer, and something that you should keep in mind, if you take health & fitness very seriously.
A Note on Exercising in Summer (as opposed to Winter)
Even though working out during the winter requires you to "warm up" well, there are hazards with exercising in the summer too. For one, if it's too hot, the chances of dehydration are highly likely, and this is one thing that people must watch out for.
Another shortcoming if it's too hot is the chance of you succumbing to a heat stroke, and which is to be avoided at all costs. Overexertion is not a good idea in this situation.
From a fitness point of view, you end up sweating and increasing your heart rate twice as much as you would on a normal day, giving one the impression that they're doing twice the amount of work – when they actually aren't.
But if you are careful, you'll find that working out during the summer months tend to be productive (and easier) for numerous reasons rather than during the winter, especially if you live in extremely cold regions.
So, here are a few summer exercise safety tips that you must keep in mind before getting involved in the numerous summer activities that make people want to get outdoors despite the heat and humidity.
Now, let's look at some interesting summer activities that might just work to get you back into shape with some being easier than a normal workout routine with cardio and weights.
Summer Activities – A Top 5 List
So, without further ado, here's a top 5 list of summer activities that might just get you in shape, no matter what level of fitness you find yourself at:
Considering Phelp's achievements off late and this discipline being in the Summer Olympics, it shouldn't be surprising that swimming is on this list. The number of calories that you lose when spending an hour swimming is about 720. Interestingly, one can try water sports such as surfing, kickboarding and water skiing among others too.
#2: Playing a Sport
A workout, no matter how effective, can get really boring. Playing an individual or group sport is a good idea if you want to have fun and meet some new people as well.
This activity ensures that you lose at least 740 calories per hour, and all one needs is a bicycle. Well, you know – the original bicycle trainer …
Rollerblading, while being a lot of fun, can help you lose at least 500-600 calories in half an hour.
This one is recommended for those who don't necessarily workout or aren't young enough to run around much like when they were kids. But whatever you do, ensure that you walk at a brisk pace.
And much like Phelps who said that he wanted to explore other countries because he was tired of seeing hotel rooms and pools, it's probably a good idea to hit the "great outdoors" yourselves.