Some people love having a strict workout schedule year-round. However, there are a ton of people who would prefer not to stick to such an unrelenting exercise regimen, especially during the summer.

After all, during the summertime you’re out of your normal routine. You want to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Maybe you just plain old hate the heat. Even though staying on track might seem difficult, staying fit during summertime really is not as painful as it sounds – I promise.

Here are some ideas to help you stay fit this summer:

1) Find a workout that you enjoy.

You don’t have to go spend an hour at the same gym, doing the same thing every day to stay fit. There are plenty of fun summer fitness activities: beach volleyball, swimming, and biking outdoors are just a few of them. Doing workouts that are fun and new will help you stay fit without even thinking about it.

2) Find a workout buddy.

Having a friend to workout with will help keep you focused. If you don’t feel like exercising, you’ll still go anyways because you already made plans with someone who’s counting on you to do so. Don’t be that person that cancels last-minute. Working out with a friend will also help you stay motivated during the workout itself. Not only because someone else is watching and suffering pushing through it with you, but also because working out with a partner opens up a whole new realm of fun exercise possibilities! Try this fun outdoor partner workout, or maybe this one too.

Even better, your friends will be happy about it, because you’ll be motivating them as well! It’s a win-win situation.

3) Don’t be afraid to enjoy yourself.

Fitness does not mean never going out to eat or taking a vacation. Sometimes, the best way to stay motivated is to take a small break.

The summer should include relaxation, and you should be resting your body every once in awhile anyhow. After taking a week or two off from working out and/or eating a certain diet, you will feel refreshed, motivated, and ready to start again.

Last but not least, don’t forget that fitness is not all or nothing. You can most definitely stay fit and have fun over the summer.

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About The Author

Becca Paul is a Freshman at The George Washington University in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. She has a passion for fitness and for helping others. She is currently studying to become an ACE certified personal trainer.

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