Summer Fitness Tips

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Summer Fitness Tips

Are you ready for swimsuit season? The following tips will help you maintain your shape throughout the summer and beyond.

Kill the routine: Try alternating activity to keep things interesting. How about Monday: bike ride after work; Tuesday: jogging; Wednesday: weight training; Thursday: Yoga; Friday: aerobics class.

- Pressed for time? Try three 10-minute sessions at different times of the day-maybe 10 minutes of cycling in the morning, a 10-minute walk at lunch and a 10-minute jog in the evening. It's an easy way to keep your metabolism going.

- Get off the beaten path: Take a a park that is. Alternate this with regular strength training and cardio.

- Set goals: Find a 5k race and sign up. The objective isn't necessarily to win but instead to have the discipline needed. As you train in preparation, you'll be amazed at how lean you're getting.

- Get serious: Really want a fit body? Do weight training for 30 minutes 2-3 days per week, cardiovascular exercise for 30 minutes 4-5 days a week and cut back on calorie intake. That's what it takes.

- Boot camp: Despite the name, it's fun. Just before summer, many health clubs offer programs combining calisthenics, cardiovascular exercise and obstacle courses. Just two days a week will surely strip fat from your body.

- The great outdoors: There's always something out there that you'll love doing that also burns fat. For example, after the first few falls, you might enjoy rollerblading.

- Power walk: Many parks today have exercise paths that describe which routine to perform at each station. For example, you might power walk for 20 yards and find a sign that tells you to do 10 pushups. Try it.

- Morning drive: Working out in the morning can decrease your appetite and help your body burn calories all day long. Try to walk, jog, swim etc. at the start of each day to kick start your metabolism.

- While you want to stay fit during the summer, you also want to stay safe and healthy. offer some tips to keep heat exhaustion at bay.

- Avoid exercising midday when the heat and humidity are greatest.

- Drink plenty of water.

- Wear loose clothing (made of cotton or sweat-wicking material).

- Wear sunscreen, a hat or cap, and sunglasses to avoid direct sunlight.