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Summer Activities: Time to get 'outdoorsy'…

Posted May 20 2010 6:44am


The beginner's class for Bikram Yoga runs at a temperature of 105 F with a humidity of 40% in which twenty-six postures and two breathing exercises are taught to its students over a period of 90 minutes.

Bikram Chowdhury, has caused a lot of controversy over the years by enforcing copyrights for his form of yoga.

However, one interesting fact that I gleaned from reading about the man from my hometown who has arrived on the global scene after completing his studies from the acclaimed Ghosh's College of Physical Education in Calcutta is the fact that the loosening of muscles due to being in a room with a high temperature of 105 F, makes it so much easier to exercise.

For those who consider exercise a must every week, you should recognize that working out in summer is much easier as this very principle that Bikram has been using to great effect for his yoga classes comes into play because of the increase in temperatures.

Summer Activities

If there's any way to describe the summer, it is a time when everyone gets (or should get) outdoorsy. This works perfectly well for those who would like to get into shape. Much better than if someone tries to workout during winter or months when it is much colder, as the tendency of muscle sprains etc. are likely due to muscles not being loosened by the heat.

So the summer is fantastic for having fun while getting into shape, and here are a few ways by which you can do so:

1) Swimming

Not only will you stay cool but now you can burn up to 360 calories for every half an hour that you swim. If you aren't a swimmer, then trying your hand at surfing, aquaerobics, kickboarding, water skiing, shallow water walking and deep water running of which the first three are just 'cool' things to do while the next two can help you burn calories because of the resistance that water offers.

2) Rollerblading

Go skating either with your friends or solo, and lose about 500-600 calories in 30 minutes. Not only is it inexpensive but all that one needs is a safe path to travel along. And once you've taken care of both these elements, set aside some time everyday for this activity and enjoy the scenery along the way.

3) Cycling

One can lose about 380 calories for every 30 minutes spent cycling and all that one needs is a bicycle (not unless you want to steal a monocycle from the circus) and a pathway to ride on.

4) Play a Sport

There are several sports to play either solo or in a team. All you have to do is find a sport that is appropriate for your level and fitness, and you will see the calories drop.

5) Gardening

Surprisingly, gardening can help you lose 500 calories for every hour that you spend pulling out the weeds, repotting and so on and so forth.

6) Spring Cleaning

Although, this might not be the most fun thing to do, not only will you burn a lot of calories but clean the clutter at your place. You will be glad that you did so.

7) Walk

Try to walk or cycle to wherever it is you want to go. Since bikes are used only for fitness purposes, why not use it to get into shape. Walking is another way to lose those calories and one can get a pedometer to measure the amount of walking done everyday.

In Closing

Just don't stay indoors and miss out all the fun. After all, summer is not only for those with a sunny disposition. So get out there and use any or a combination of these ways by which you can stay in shape during these lovely summer months.

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