How to get your exercise groove on this summer
Exercising has never been more important as we increasingly embrace a sedentary life behind office desks, TV screens and car steering wheels. Being able to get up and move will do wonders for our health, but finding the motivation and time to actually do some exercise can sometimes be hard to achieve. This summer, here are some easy ways to move more and have fun on your feet as a way to improve both your physical and mental well being.
The summer sun brings with it myriad opportunities to get out into the glorious countryside for a long walk. Whether you like stomping through woodlands or strolling around a meadow, being outdoors and engaging in some exercise will raise your spirits without you even trying. If you like to listen to music while you walk, consider investing in a portable speaker that you can pop in your backpack to motivate you onwards when your feet start to feel the strain.
Dance it out
Another great way to use music to get you fitter is to turn up the volume and have a good dance. Whether you like to dance alone, unseen, or prefer to strut your stuff on the dancefloor, don’t be afraid to crack open some moves this summer and dance your way to better health. Keep the party going with a personalised playlist using one of the many music streaming services available via your smart speaker. You never know – you could even dance your way into a brand-new friendship or relationship if you meet like-minded people.
Hitting the water for a paddle or a swim, be it at the beach, in the open-air lido or even in a river or lake, is one of the most refreshing things you can do in what we hope will be a lovely, hot summer. You could work on your back stroke, learn life-saving water safety skills or simply enjoy a fun splash about before drying off and relaxing on dry land while you listen to music, eat a spot of lunch or chat with friends. Bliss!
Get the kids involved
Don’t let the children get out of the habit of moving about during their long summer break from school. Just as experts advise some gently intellectual activities to keep the brain cells ticking over in readiness for September, so too should they be encouraged to move about and get some exercise whilst on their holidays. There are so many ways to do this – sign them up to sports camps and summer schools, set them your own exercise challenges and join them in a dance-a-thon or fitness challenge in the garden – accompanied by some upbeat music and followed by a welcome round of cooling drinks or ice lollies.
Music while you move
You may have spotted a theme here of using music to motivate you while you exercise. However, you don’t have to limit your listening pleasure to specific exercise times. Put on your favourite tunes while you are doing the housework, driving your car or getting some summer DIY done and combine completing your to-do list with burning off some calories with a quick boogie or jive. Go on – you know you want to! Plus, investing in a portable speaker means that you can take the music with you into any room of the house, into the car or even when out and about on errands or visiting family.