We all do it in the depths winter, we make those promises to ourselves about getting fit for summer and taking advantage of nicer weather (when it finally it arrives), to get out and enjoy it. But somehow it is always so easy to make excuses that it is too hot, or you are on holidays so you should relax and enjoy it – it’s not called the holiday season for nothing. But here at North of Here, we are strong supporters of training through summer and keeping that motivation up. Here are our top tips to keep at it all during the warmer months.
Make the most of every day
I love summer because it feels like you can fit more into each day. Thanks to daylight savings, it is usually light when you wake up in the morning and stays lighter later into the night. Meaning more daylight hours to fit in your training! Whether you’re an early riser who does their training first thing so they can enjoy the day ahead guilt free (that’s me) or a night owl who prefers to work out at night, summer is your time to make the most of it. Whenever you get active, make sure you do your training during the coolest part of the day and if the temp is high, stay well hydrated and take breaks as you need to!
Change it up
Many of us will be back at work now, or starting to think about leaving the summer holidays behind us and re-entering reality so it is the perfect time to change up your routine. Think back to last year and what worked for you and what didn’t. If plans to do an after work training session rarely actually happened, try for an early morning session or research what gyms or exercise classes might be close to work. Identify what your excuses were and work around them. Otherwise, you might just be thinking your 2017 routine is getting a little stale so find a new program, a new class or new gym and inject some new life into your day.
Try new things
Speaking of mixing things up, the new year is the perfect time to try new things and water sports are top of the list of summer activities. While the weather is fine, maybe swap your morning walk, run or gym session for a surf or bodyboard; try your hand at stand up paddle boarding or kayaking; or just take to the pool or beach to swim some laps. If water sports aren’t your thing, there are so many different exercise classes and styles available now so keep things fresh and motivation up by trying something new – take a dance class, try F45 or pilates or even a high-ropes course – the options are endless!
Working towards a goal is always more motivating that aimlessly approaching each training session. The great thing about this time of year is having so many fun events available because the weather is more stable. Get some help from a PT or expert to work out a training plan to reach your goal event so you have a solid plan. Check out runningcalendar.com.au for a list of all kind of fitness events in Victorian during 2018, including fun runs, obstacle courses, triathlons, bike races and swimming events. One of my favourite events at this time of year is the Sunset Series, a series of three 4km or 8km runs (you can do one or sign up for all) held at twilight at some of Melbourne’s favoured running locations and the Melbourne Zoo. You can’t get much better than that in summer!