Last Updated on June 14, 2022 by Lori Geurin
I hope you’re having an awesome summer, friend! It’s my favorite season and it always seems to go by too fast. So how do you stay in shape during the warmer months? Below I’ll share what I do to help me stay fit in the summer…with one little caveat.
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Summer Fitness Activities Before Chronic Illness
Having a chronic illness has changed my approach to fitness. A lot.
A few years ago my routine included a variety of fun and challenging activities I rotated to keep my workouts interesting:
- running 3 miles a day a few days a week
- taking Pilates, weight training, and step aerobics classes at my local fitness center
- doing Tae Bo DVDs at home
- taking 10 to 20-mile bike rides
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Current Summer Fitness Activities, After Lyme Disease
But having untreated, and now chronic Lyme has forced me to shift my perspective of what fitness looks like, for now, at least. After spending months bedridden and barely able to walk at all, I’m grateful to be able to move my body and be out in the fresh air.
I enjoy pushing my body to it’s (current) limits – even if
some several days a month may consist of simply doing some gentle stretches. Below you can check out some of the fitness activities I’m enjoying this summer. For me, it’s all about being outside in the fresh air, doing things that are fun and focusing of improving overall health and wellness.
Let’s take a quick look…
How I’m Staying Fit For Summer
Walking is such a great exercise because you can do it anywhere and go at your own pace. When the weather is nice, you can walk outside in the great outdoors – my personal favorite.
David and I enjoyed an amazing hike in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Memorial a couple of weeks ago. (There’s a picture at the bottom of this post. For more details check out New York Times, This Is Lyme.)
Or, if you have a treadmill and the weather is less than lovely, you can walk inside while reading or watching your favorite Netflix show. I use my FitBit to track my steps.
I do yoga poses daily to keep my body limber and give it a gentle stretch. Yoga is excellent for building strength and maintaining flexibility. Plus, it’s a great way to relieve stress and promote relaxation.
In the past, my physical therapy for reconditioning my muscles from Lyme has included swimming. Swimming is so relaxing. I prefer saltwater pools over chlorinated ones because they’re much healthier.
And where would this post be without mentioning one of my favorite activities – kayaking! Even though I haven’t been for a while I’m adding it here because I’m hoping to be able to go one day soon.
Planks are another one of my favorites! Have you tried them yet? They’re also one of the best exercises because you can do them anywhere using your own bodyweight.
Pretty cool, huh?
Plus, planks provide awesome health benefits, including:
- a tighter core
- fat-burning and increased metabolism
- improved posture
- improved mental health
- strengthened major muscle groups, including the muscles in your back
- enhanced bone and joint health
- improved balance
One of my favorite fitness apps that helps me track my planking goals is called *Plank Workout – 30 Day Challenge, Full Body Workout. Check it out!
and last, but certainly not least…
5. Intermittent Fasting
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And, when I’m not able to work out due to health issues I can still practice fasting which has powerful health perks, including:
- autophagy, or cellular repair
- increased growth hormone
- fat loss
- weight loss
- increased insulin sensitivity
- reduced inflammation
- protection against cancer
- improved brain health
Summary – Fit For Summer Plan
I hope you dug this post about some of the fitness activities I do in the summer to help me get in shape and stay fit during these warmer months.
Oh, summer, how I love thee…
(What girl doesn’t wanna look good while she’s working out?!)
Do you have summer fitness tips or a favorite fitness app you can share?
Comment below. I’d love to hear from you!