As summer approaches and the weather warms up, we can’t wait to peel off our bulky layers and get moving. We’ve asked editors from Greatist and Q by Equinox, the head health coach at Studiomix, and top fitness bloggers to share their efficient and fun summer workouts. Their suggestions are sure to spice up your summer fitness routine–and don’t worry, there’s not an elliptical or treadmill in the bunch.
Liz Miersch, Editor-in-Chief at Q by Equinox
Although having an Equinox literally in my office building does give me somewhat of an advantage, time is always an issue, so I like workouts that combine cardio and strength training. My latest obsession: The ViPR. Twenty minutes of lifting, flipping and rolling this weighted, hollow rubber tube around and you’re spent. And with over 9,000 exercises in the ViPR library it is literally impossible to get bored. We captured a few of my favorites in this workout on Q.
Jordan Shakeshaft, Fitness Editor at Greatist
With warmer weather and more daylight hours, our workout options suddenly multiply times ten. To mix things up, I’ll do an easy three-mile bike ride with friends, stair sprints in the park when it’s time to get intense (five to seven total with one-minute rest in between), and plenty of outdoor bodyweight workouts (circuits of burpees, jump squats, push-ups, and mountain climbers are no joke!). Only downside: allergies!
Julie Fagan, Blogger at Peanut Butter Fingers
In the summer, I love to take my workouts outside. I run in the morning with my dog and load up my iPod with a great playlist and sprint during the chorus of the songs for an on-the-go interval workout. If you’re into water workouts, look into water fitness classes at your local gym. Many gyms offer water fitness classes that can be a great way to cool off and exercise at the same time. Most water fitness classes incorporate aerobic training for a cardiovascular workout and the water provides natural resistance that can increase the difficulty level and offer a new challenge for those who may be new to pool workouts.
Anne Mauney, MPH, RD, Blogger at Fannetastic Food
My favorite quick and easy workout that you can do anywhere is a combination of lunges, squats, and plank holds. No equipment necessary and you’re sure to feel the burn. Try doing 10 lunges (5 on each side), followed by 10 squats, then 30 seconds of a plank hold. Rest for 30 seconds and repeat as many times as you can!
Roni Noone, Blogger at Ronis Weigh
I’m ready to sport my summer suit! And it’s all because I discovered CrossFit just a few months ago. CrossFit is only an hour class a few times a week, but the workouts always pack a punch, combining strength and cardio. The best thing: All moves can easily be modified to meet your current fitness level. It’s by far my favorite workout at the moment.
Katy Jercich, Head Health Coach at Studiomix
One of my very favorite ways to tone up, lean down and get ready for the warmer weather ahead is to take advantage of my own body weight against gravity. Simple body-weight exercises can be a great choice for gaining strength, building muscle, boosting cardiovascular fitness, and burning fat. How can you go wrong with a combo like cheap, convenient, efficient and easily modifiable to challenge any fitness level? It’s perfect, right? Everyone has their workout preferences, but body-weight movements offer a lot of benefits that other forms of resistance training can’t match–it’s worth a try.
Ericka Andersen, Blogger at Sweet Life Ericka
I love doing body-weight workouts–which don’t require anything but yourself. One of the easiest and most effective workouts (that I often use when traveling in hotel rooms) is a simple circuit workout of sit-ups, push-ups and squats. Do each move 10-20 times and repeat the circuit 3-5 times. It’s easy to add extra rounds or incorporate another move, such as the plank or tricep dips (on a chair). I love these easy circuit workouts because you have no excuse to skip exercising. I get a lot of ideas from a website called The Traveling WOD. I also use Pinterest to pin various workouts on my “workout at home” board. It comes in handy when I’m lacking creative ideas!
Editor’s Note: We want to know: How do you stay fit in the summer?