Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or a lazy couch potato (we’ll admit, we’re somewhere in between), working out during the summer can be the last thing on our to-do list. But before you reach for the pint of ice cream, get motivated to improve your fitness routine with these summer workout tips. 

  1. If you’re a beginner or don’t really exercise that much, start by walking. It’s the perfect “anywhere, anytime” activity that strengthens the heart and burns calories. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes!
  2. Engage in a variety of activities. Who says you need stellar equipment or to buy a gym membership? From walking to running to tennis to cycling, there are multiple activities that don’t require your wallet.
  3. Exercise first thing in the morning. Exercising at the beginning of the day will boost your energy.
  4. Log your activity. Writing down how much time you spent exercising, how many miles you walked, etc. will keep you motivated.
  5. Exercise with a friend. Buddying up with a friend will hold you accountable and will make your work out experience enjoyable.
  6. Carry a reusable water bottle. Stay hydrated while helping the environment!
  7. When it comes to your diet, eat small meals frequently. Eating in smaller portions will increase your metabolic rate.
  8. Get creative with your surroundings. Use a bench, use water bottles as dumbbells and take advantage of other objects that can contribute to your workout.
  9. Be patient. Don’t expect results overnight. Focus on what you want to accomplish daily and commit yourself.
  10. Have fun (and indulge now and then). Summer is such a fun and relaxing season—take advantage of it and don’t be too hard on yourself!