What are the summer sports you should choose, in order to stay in shape?
Summer sports – It is time to free yourself from the conceptions, according to which rapid weight loss is all about diets and countless food restrictions. Keep in mind that a healthy lifestyle, which will allow you to stay in shape and even lose a few pounds, cannot be in any way compatible with being sedentary, quite the contrary.
Even though you are still in the holiday season, there is no reason to stick with a genuinely sedentary lifestyle… this decision cannot be justified, not even when we are talking about a short period of time, for as long as the holiday season lasts. In order to stay in shape and maintain your physical fitness, avoiding the accumulation of excess weight, there are several sports you can practice, right there, on the beach, in the seawater or even at the pool.
Summer sports – swimming
When you are at the beach, the first sport that may come across your mind (perhaps the most recommended of all) is swimming. You have to admit that there is nothing more refreshing than dipping in the cool and rejuvenating seawater. However, if you are spending your holiday in a location away from the seaside, try to consume your energy at the pool.
Swimming is considered a complete sport activity, which helps you to sculpt your body and lose weight in a healthy manner. It works all of the muscles, contributes to the reduction of fat mass (adipose tissue) and to the increase of lean mass (muscular tissue). Moreover, it is the ideal sport for those with problems in their spine or feet (it favors the correction of skeletal deviations).
Summer sports – aqua gym
Did you ever stop to think you could perform gymnastic exercises in the water (aqua gym), even in the sea? The panorama is as inviting as it is possible, whether the aqua gym sessions are organized in the pool or in the sea. The activity is appreciated, regardless of the age, gender or physical shape of those engaging in it.
This sport consists of aerobic or gymnastics exercises, not on the ground, but directly in the water. Aqua gym is the activity that gets your whole body moving and the benefits will become noticeable, sooner than you might imagine. It helps to lose weight, to strengthen your muscles and to make cellulite problems better, without you have to put too much effort into it.
Water sports – jogging
If you like to run and the seasonal heat does not put a damp on your enthusiasm, try to run on the sand, at the beach. You will discover that, all of a sudden, jogging has a different charm to offer. Moreover, this represents excellent cardio training, helping you increase your overall resistance. It also solicits your muscles and helps you notify your calf and gluteal muscles.
Pay attention, however, to your footwear (this should be shock absorbent and keep the foot in a stable position) and the moment in the day, when you are running. It is recommended to go for a jog at the first hours of the morning or late at night, when the air temperature does not increase the thermal discomfort and the beaches are nearly empty and you can jog freely.
Summer sports – beach volley
Beach volley is a fun summer sport, which has become more and more popular among young people but also in those who are older in age. You do not necessarily have to strive for performance, it is enough to be ready to consume your energy, in the favor of your health.
Even though, at first glance, it might seem like a sport which is easy to try and one that is not very demanding, in reality, the effort required is quite big. The jumps and each other movement are made harder by the unstable sand. But do not get discouraged! Beach volley is an optimal method to shape your legs and to work your back muscles. However, we do not recommend it to those who have problems with their knees.
Summer sports – surfing
Those who are braver and love extreme sports can test their courage and sportive abilities by practicing surfing. Its diverse versions are included: board surfing (the floating is allowed by the movement of the waves), windsurfing (surfing with a sail board, powered by the wind) and kite surfing (movement is achieved with the help of the surfboard and a kite, to which the athlete is connected with harnesses.
These activities are not suited for just any person (they require a certain level of physical training) and they cannot be practiced just anywhere. However, if the location is adequate and you feel up to it, you can go ahead and try to get in contact with the sea waves, in a completely different way, but not before you take part to some training courses.
Before you practice any of the above-mentioned sports, we recommend that you consult your family physician / specialist, especially if you have additional health problems. In this way, you will avoid making the conditions you are suffering from worse or you will cause new ones to appear (heart problems are among the most common).