Now that the weather is finally feeling like summer (here in New York City, at least), it’s time to truly take advantage. We find every excuse to spend extra time outside and that includes working out. Why stay cooped up on a treadmill when you can get out and explore? Ahead, find out our top tips for taking advantage of the gorgeous weather.
Stretch the limits of your workouts this summer - Photo via tumblr
Mix it up
There is one thing eXO girls love and that is keeping it simple. When it comes to your workout, however, it is vital you mix things up. Try mixing up your runs with intervals of power walking. Try cycling your routines between cardio, yoga and an all-body light weight routine throughout the week. Even try mixing up your rest days to keep your body guessing.
Whether you’re on the beach or in your bedroom, you can sneak in some strength training using your own body. Yes, there are the usual suspects like planks and push-ups, but you can also look up easy body weight circuits that will have give you an all around workout that you can do wherever summer may take you.
Pick a goal
If you’re trying to shake up your cardio routine, keep your eyes peeled for local competitions. Whether you want to stick to your spin classes or amp up your mileage, find a race in the fall and sign up. We’re uber-goal-oriented, so just having that date in mind makes getting up early to work out that much easier.
We know you’re an expert at keeping your skin hydrated (thank you, eXO Face…and, pretty soon, eXO Body!), but in the summer your body needs its liquids more than ever. Try a hydration belt––which puts water within reach no matter where your outdoor workouts take you––or explore drinks that are packed with electrolytes. Best of all, if you keep up those fluids, you can expect quicker recovery and better performance in the long run.
Even if you’re doing everything right, sometimes that summer sun can sneak up on you. Remember to lather up with a sport sunscreen, run with a friend so you can watch out for each other and don’t be afraid to call it quits early––better safe than sorry!