With summer in full swing, there are a lot of opportunities for students to get back to their fitness goals. With warmer temperatures, longer days, a break from school work, summer is the perfect time for students to kick start a new workout routine. Katie Bulmer Cooke, a Motion Traxx trainer, a UK Trainer of the year and one of the Top Global Trainers to Watch, has compiled her guide for staying fit and getting the best results this summer.
Since students might be away from campus this summer, share this with them so they have a few ideas on ways to stay healthy during their well-deserved vacation.
While the weather is warm and the days are longer, why not make the most of it and exercise outside. Warm outdoor climate increases the body’s natural ability to burn calories to help fuel weight loss. Additionally, researchers have found that exercising outdoors is associated with feelings of increased energy and greater satisfaction with outdoor activity, in addition to decreased tension, confusion and depression.
If you’ve already worked hard to get in shape for the summer, then make sure you don’t take your foot off the gas now. Keep consistent with your workouts, even when you’re on a summer getaway. Make use of a hotel gym, or mobile fitness apps such as Motion Traxx, which has trainers that push you through an intense 20, 40 or 60 minute HIIT workout with upbeat music that keeps pace with the intensity level. It’s a major motivation that helps you get in, push your ‘all’ and get out quick so you can go on with your day.
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of doing the same workout over and over again. But, if your workout plan doesn’t change then neither will your body, so make sure you keep switching things up. Swap your run for a bike based workout, or your X-trainer intervals workout for some body weight HIIT sessions, and vice versa. Also, working out outdoors presents an opportunity to be active in a constantly changing environment. In addition to cardio and running, use steps and park benches to perform a variety of exercises such as sprints and triceps dips, all while getting tan at the same time.
While steady state cardio is great and most certainly has its place, it’s extremely important that your workouts are challenging enough to create physiological results both internally and aesthetically. That’s why it’s so valuable to work with a fitness coach, in person or via a mobile app, to ensure a level of accountability that will help drive up the intensity of your workout.
Recommend workouts that you enjoy to your friends and vice versa, to always keep trying something new. Then, once you’ve completed your workout, share what you’ve been up to on social media to inspire others.