We can all feel it, the heat is creeping in through our windows and our fans are being brought out of cupboards to help us acclimatise. The days are longer, the air is stickier and the BBQ’s are being dusted off once more. That’s right, summer is here!
For some, summer is the time to get outside and explore Aotearoa's great backyard and for others, it’s the perfect time to get together with friends and whānau. Either way, keeping active during the warmer weather in summer is easy and fun, even if you can’t access your June365 from home.
Here’s a list of some easy and fun ways to keep active over the next few weeks:
Go on a bike ride
Bike riding is fun for your whole family and with so many beautiful places to cycle to in this country, you’re truly spoilt for choice.
Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment. It is proven that regular cycling strengthens your heart muscles, lowers resting pulse and reduces blood fat levels.
For some inspiration of places you can check out with your bike visit https://www.nzcycletrail.com/find-your-ride/22-great-rides
Surf the seas
New Zealand has an abundance of glorious surf spots, from Piha beach to St Clair’s, Dunedin, there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find the right spot for you, whether you’re a beginner or a World Surf League champion.
When it comes to fitness benefits, surfing ticks off a lot of boxes. According to The Wave, surfing aids in; mental health, cardiovascular improvements, muscles building and body coordination amongst other benefits. All the more reason to hit the waters!
For a list of great beaches to visit this summer check out https://www.newzealand.com/nz/feature/new-zealands-best-beaches/
New Zealand is well known around the world for its vast amount of adrenaline based sports, from throwing oneself headfirst into a canyon to rafting through treacherous waters in dark caves, there is no other place like it.
However, did you know that adrenaline helps your body react more quickly? Whilst making the heart beat faster, increasing blood flow to the brain and muscles, and stimulating the body to make sugar to use for further future fuel.
The time is nigh for your perfect tomatoes to be growing and your Hydrangeas to be blooming. Gardening under the summer sun allows your body to soak in Vitamin D whilst surrounding yourself with the oxygen you need.
All that digging, planting and pulling does more than produce plants, it’ll also increase your hand strength. Whilst gardening can be a great solo activity, it’s also an ample opportunity for bonding with your whānau and friends. The happiness and stress relief that gardening provides is a great thing to share with loved ones.
There is nothing like a good hike, the burn in your legs, the fresh air, the mountainous views. Physical exercise like hiking helps build stronger bones and muscles, improves your core balance and increases stamina. As hiking is a weight-bearing exercise, the more you do it, the stronger the muscles become. Being outdoors in natural light tops up the body with vitamin D too, which is important for strong, healthy bones.
If not a hike, hitting the pavement, beach or park for a simple stroll, brisk walk or run will continue to help you achieve your active lifestyle goals. In New Zealand we have a great selection of local hiking trails and walks which you can take a look at here; https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/national-parks/
Overall, there are too many ways to stay active in the summer for us to be able to list here. The above ways are the easiest, most fun and impactful activities to help your body and mind stay active during the summer sun.
If you’re ready to jump back into your physical health journey with June365, we’ll be right beside you every step of the way.
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