While the scorching summer heat may leave you lazily lounging by your couch all day, that doesn’t mean you should resign to the fact that you’re going to be unproductive. Summer, despite the rising and unbearable temperatures, is the perfect time to get fit and healthy, and with all the sports clinics available in the metro, enrolling in a class is easy as pie. Who says summer sports are only for kids? Here are just a few of the fun and fab activities you can get into this season in order to get that beach body you’ve always wanted.
This activity is practically everyone’s favorite summer sport, especially in this tropical country we’re in. With the myriad of swimming centers all over the city, it’s easy to slip into your fave swimwear and splash away to your heart’s content. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the pool or at the beach—there’s something about chillaxing in the water that makes all our troubles (and heat problems) go away. The best thing about swimming though is that it’s a wonderful way to reduce the impact stress from your body, as well as help build up your muscle strength, endurance, and overall cardiovascular health. It also keeps up your heart rate for a full all-around fitness. So if you already know how to swim, go ahead and indulge in those laps your high school swimming coach would be proud of. And if you don’t quite know how to master the waves just yet, there’s no shame in enrolling in a summer swimming class. You’re going to want to flaunt those skills when you’re at the beach!
- Beach Sports
Speaking of the sun, sand, and sea, summer will not be what it is without some friendly competition by the beach. Engaging in some beach volleyball fun helps you burn calories and fat, as an hour-long game on the sand can help you burn up to 400 calories as it is. The fun sport also tones the body, increases metabolic rate, and enhances your hand-eye coordination. In addition to improving your agility and balance, it also helps build your social and interpersonal skills. After all, it is a team sport, and nothing brings team members together better than healthy competition.
It’s mood boosters all around as well with playing ultimate Frisbee at the beach, as a mere ten minutes of playing catch can already help you burn around 30 calories. Your biceps, shoulders, and core are all working together to help you run, jog, and catch that disc, not to mention your thighs and calves are getting worked up, too. It’s a full-body workout that’s not only exciting but also very beneficial to your overall wellness.
Of course, when you’re engaging in all these activities, especially the ones where you’re under the sun all day, it’s just common sense to slather on some healthy SPF to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Keep yourself hydrated by chugging down water every now and then—don’t wait until you feel thirsty before you reach for that water bottle. Top up regularly especially since you’re sweating buckets. You wouldn’t want to collapse in the middle of a perfectly good game, would you?
If you’re not much of a team-sports kind of person and you’re more comfortable on your own solitary route, you can always take advantage of blue skies and nice days by going on a carefree bike ride. No, we’re not talking about hitting the gym and going on a stationary bike. What you need to do is unearth your dusty old bike from the garage and go out on a ride. Forget stuffy and suffocating gyms and go for fresh air and the warm summer breeze instead. When you go cycling, you exercise your legs and get your heart pumping without having to stress your joints with impact stress. Constant running can take a toll on your body, but cycling helps you engage your leg muscles without heaping on all the force on your knees. So it doesn’t matter if you’re training for the marathon or simply out on a nice mountain trail ride—biking will always be your leisurely way of working out while having fun.
If you’re more of an indoor person, why not make like Hawkeye and the Green Arrow and enroll in a summer archery class? This awesome Katniss Everdeen activity has steadily been rising on the popularity ranks in the country, and it definitely should—it improves coordination, strength, and focus. If you’re feeling up for a Hunger Games showdown with your pals, you can check out the rates and schedules over at Gandiva Archery Range here: http://www.gandiva.com.ph/.
- Ice Skating
Speaking of going indoors, if you’re really determined to beat the heat, what could be better than going ice skating? These indoor rinks will shield you from the relentless summer sun, and you’re literally surrounded by ice everywhere you look. Can anything be cooler than that? Make like Elsa and spin across the frozen floor in this low-impact and joint-friendly activity. What’s unique about this form of exercise is that it strengthens your larger muscles and tones your legs, core, and behind. As you propel yourself across the ice, you’re keeping your bum sculpted—where else can you do that?
As with any sport, always be careful. Be wary of injuries to your wrist as ice skating often comes with falling, either on your tailbone or hitting your head. The trick is to gain more control by bending your knees a little when you lose your balance so that you will fall on your side instead of falling back. If you want to learn more about this cool and refreshing activity, you can check out the schedules at the Milo Summer Sports Clinic here.
Of course, in a country where shooting hoops is all the rage (and you can see a makeshift hoop or DIY court in practically every barangay), no list of sports will be complete without basketball. This camaraderie-building game is not meant to just be watched on TV or in the stands during a heated university match. Basketball is best enjoyed not via a screen but via the actual ball. It not only boosts cardiovascular fitness and self-discipline, but it also fosters good mental development, strategic thinking, and spatial awareness. Bet you didn’t think of how beneficial it is to your body when you’re shooting hoops with your best buds, did you? So go ahead and get that ball—your healthy body will thank you for it!