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Our top 5 tips to stay in shape this Summer, wherever you go!

We know it can be challenging to keep up your fitness plan over the Summer months. We’ve outlined some handy tips below, that you can take with you wherever you go! Please note you should always seek the advice of a medical professional if you have any concerns before undertaking any exercise. These tips and exercises are simply a guide to help you along your fitness journey!

Short cardio bursts

 

The word ‘cardio’ can often put shivers through people, but it’s not to be feared! Not all cardio means running on a treadmill for hours on end. At danceSing, we make exercise FUN. Dancing is a great cardiovascular exercise, and regardless of what you think you don’t need any experience to do it! There are so many different styles for you to try out and find your favourite and at danceSing we like to share them all. For a fun cardio workout, no matter where you are, try out our ‘Keep danceSing’ workout video. Download and watch at home, on your phone or tablet in the hotel, or wherever you are to enjoy a great half hour dance workout! You can download it here.

Bodyweight exercises

No need for heavy dumbbells and bags load of equipment – use your own body as a gym! No matter where you are, a quick bodyweight workout is great to keep up your wellbeing plan on holiday, and it means you’re allowed another glass of wine (all in balance)! Here are some of our favourite bodyweight exercises. Doing them outdoors in the sun is an optional added boost for some Vitamin D!

  • Squats. There are many variations; narrow, closed stance squats, wide, open stance squats, squat jumps, sumo squats – just choose what one works best for you, or do a combination!
  • Push ups. There are many variations of a push up which make it suitable for all levels. If you’re building your upper body strength, you can keep your knees on the ground and lean forewords as an option to the full push up.
  • Planks. Simple, but very effective! The plank is great for strengthening the whole body, but especially the abs. Try a side plank as a variation to work your obliques.
  • Walking lunges. These will work a variety of muscles in your legs. Mainly, your quads, glutes and hamstrings.

Take the scenic route

We’re all guilty of booking a taxi for a journey that could easily be walked. Instead of getting a ride, next time leave a little earlier to walk to your destination – take in the sights and everything nature has to offer! It’s a great way to discover new spots and explore new places, especially if you are on holiday. Plus, you’ll do your bit for the environment and save yourself a few pennies whilst you’re at it too! A brisk walk has been suggested to do wonders for the body, including reduced joint and muscle pain, improved balance and a decreased risk of heart disease and high cholesterol.

Try new activities

 

Going on holiday often brings exciting new adventures and activities for you to try, and many of these involve movement! Water activities like snorkelling, diving and kayaking are all great workouts, and you won’t even realise you’re exercising because you’ll be having so much fun. Take advantage of trying out new things, not only will it be great for your body, it stimulates the mind and will give you a real adrenaline buzz and sense of accomplishment! Not a fan of water sports? Try out rock climbing, beach sports such as volleyball, or enjoy a relaxing bike ride around a new place to get your heart rate up!

Strength & Stretch Pilates

 

Whether you need to relax after a long week, or just want to focus on becoming a little more mindful, pilates based exercises are great to do anywhere without any need for equipment. You can take them at your own level, and practicing pilates frequently can provide endless benefits for the body and mind. To name just a few, pilates can help you to improve balance and flexibility, fortify posture, improve circulation and increase joint mobility.

We’ve put together a video containing our favourite pilates moves, so you can enjoy an effective workout wherever you are. You can download it here. We suggest you enjoy this workout at least once a week to see the benefits, or more if you have time!

We hope you have a fantastic Summer, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone back for the start of the Autumn term on the week beginning Monday 26th August.

Missing your classes? Why not come along to our new Summer classes, which are held in Glasgow and Dunblane throughout the Summer for both members and non-members.


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