Summer is the perfect time to set out on new adventures and try new things. It's warm, the weather's nice - why not shake things up a little bit by creating a summer fitness bucket list to help you reach some of your health and fitness goals? Sometimes all you need to do is just push yourself a little bit outside of your comfort zone, and it can make all the difference in how you view life, as well as how good you feel physically and mentally. With that in mind, below are some exercise and fitness ideas you can add to your list to get you started.
1. Go the extra mile--literally. If you normally jog one mile a day, try jogging two. See if you can learn how to pace your steps and your breathing in order to increase your stamina. Your body will more than likely fight you a little bit on this, but that's normal; it's used to only going your regular distance, and then quitting. Push yourself a little bit and break through to a new level.
2. If you're not interested in going longer distances due to time constraints, etc., see if you can beat your personal record in terms of how long it takes you to jog one mile. If you normally get it done in 11 or 12 minutes, see if you can trim it down to ten, or even break into the single digits.
3. Take your planks to the next level. Let's say that you're doing great holding a plank for 30 or even 60 seconds; try going for 90 seconds, or even more. Achieve a new personal best time, and see what it does for your confidence, as well as your core strength.
4. One of the most effective exercises you can do are push-ups, and one of the most common fitness metrics around is the push-up test. For example, a 30-year-old male is considered to be in "Excellent" shape if he can perform 41 or more consecutive push-ups without pausing. Challenge yourself to achieve "Excellent" status in the push-up test; you can find tons of charts for this test online by simply Googling "push up chart by age."
5. If you've never tried your hand at tennis, now's an excellent time to start. Tennis is one of the most fun and rewarding sports you can play, and it is a fantastic way to stay in shape. Five Seasons Family Sports Club offers a wide range tennis classes to people of all ages and skill levels; you can sign up today and start developing your tennis skills right away!
6. Go rock climbing at a local nature park, or an indoor rock climbing facility. Rock climbing is considered to be a sport of finesse and strength, as it requires you to use both your mind and body to strategically maneuver your way up the face of a rock. It also provides your body with an outstanding workout.
7. Kayaking will work your upper body and develop core strength, and you won't even realize that you're doing it. Spending time out on the water is also a great way to enjoy beautiful scenery and connect with nature.
8. Speaking of connecting with nature, one of the most therapeutic activities you can add to your bucket list is horseback riding. Horses are some of nature's most amazing and majestic animals, and learning how to ride a horse can often act as a natural stress reliever. After spending time on horseback, you'll quickly discover how much of a leg workout you get as well.
7. Sign up for an outdoor fitness boot camp. Whether high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or another style of exercise, definitely make sure that you've cleared this with your physician first, as you want to fulfill your bucket list, not kick the bucket.
8. Beach volleyball is not only a great way to get a full body workout, but it's loads of fun as well. If you've never played it, you'll quickly discover how much it can sharpen your reflexes and critical thinking skills by requiring you to think and move fast during a game. Playing on sand, a relatively unstable surface, will also help you improve your balance and coordination. Just make sure to slather on the sunscreen if you're going to be out there for a while.
As you can see, there are so many fun activities you can add to your summer fitness bucket list. With a little sense of adventure, you can not only challenge yourself to achieve some outside-the-box fitness goals, but you can also gain a new sense of self-confidence.