Happy Fitspo Wellness Wednesday Everyone!
This week’s Fitspo Wellness Wednesday is all about water fitness! It’s been 100+ degrees this week here in California and I have not been in the mood to do my regular workouts. That said, I’ve been swimming nearly every day and on the weekends because it’s HOT. I’ve done laps, tread water, etc. so my workouts are less stressful, but not entirely gone. It got me thinking about all the different ways one could cool off while burning calories and still having fun with friends. Here are some fun ideas you can try this summer to stay cool and still reach your goals!
- Aqua Cycling – Aqua cycling is something that, as far as I know, is still only offered in Europe (mainly Spain and France) and there’s one studio in NYC. It’s basically spin class in the water. The spin bikes are placed directly in water (a shallow pool) where you are submerged waist deep and then do an intense cycling workout wherein the water acts as resistance. It sounds like a great way to stay fit and cool, no? More on Aqua Cycling ♥
- SUPing – SUPing, AKA stand up paddle boarding, is something you can do in a lake or the ocean, but the ocean is probably a lot more difficult to do. There are places that offer lessons all over. It requires quite a bit of core and arm strength so the workout will be great; just make sure you wear a lot of sunscreen as you could definitely get burned if you’re out on the water a long time. Check out this adorable dog SUPing.
- Surfing – This is a more obvious water fitness choice, but nonetheless, surfing requires a lot of core and overall body strength and balance to do. It’s very challenging, though, so you might want to take lessons first!
- Beach Yoga – Beach yoga is a great way to start your morning (or end your day) and then take a dip in the blue ocean! Or, you can do a yoga class on your paddle board and then jump right in the water at the end.
- Swimming – Swimming is my favorite water sport to enjoy during the summer and it’s the most accessible to everyone, in my opinion. I definitely think it’s a great way to stay fit, get in cardio, endurance and up your stamina. It’s also a lot of fun!
- Kayaking – Kayaking is a great way to exercise with someone else, in my opinion, and it requires a lot of team work! I love it because I am terrible at directing myself around and find it hilarious haha. Also, it’s a great way to explore a lake. I tried it last summer in Lake Tahoe in Emerald Bay and had an absolute blast. My only recommendation (if you go to Tahoe) is to use water shoes. The rocks on their little island can cut up your feet!
- Snorkeling / Scuba Diving – If you like to explore and discover marine life, snorkeling and scuba diving are great fun activities to do that require you to be active. You can see so many incredible things in the ocean and this is a great way to do it. That said, scuba diving requires certification beforehand, but I think it can be obtained within a day or so.
- White Water Rafting – White water rafting is a fun activity to try if you’re near a river and want a very active sport to try. This requires teamwork, arm and core strength, and might be scary for some if they don’t enjoy rushing water. For those who enjoy some adrenaline and excitement, this could be the best new thing to try!
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