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6 ways to switch up your workout for summer
1. Ditch the weights
Toronto-based personal trainer Kirsty Dunne uses exercise bands in the majority of her workouts. “Bands target multiple muscle groups and bring out muscle definition that most workout machines can’t,” she says. There are a million exercise examples online. One of our faves is tying the band around the ankles for leg lifts. Do 15-20 reps and 3-4 sets. Bonus: bands are easy to throw in a suitcase when you’re travelling.
2. Play a sport
Remember when you didn’t even think about exercise because you were too busy just running around and having fun? Joining a team sport like beach volleyball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee or soccer will bring the same rush and health benefits. “A fun team sport setting will target your entire body and anaerobic system. With more explosive movements in team sports, you work your anaerobic muscle fibres that burn more calories and tighten muscles faster,” says Dunne.
3. Turn your daily routine into a circuit
This is best for busy professions aka everyone. “Ride to work, then take the stairs and when heading to the next meeting try power walk intervals. Schedule a few minutes alone at the office and perform dips off your chair until failure. At your lunch break plan a 30-minute workout with a colleague outdoors such as a power walk or [using] bands in the park,” says Dunne.
4. Create a killer playlist
“Listening to the right music will give you the energy you need to power through those tough workouts,” says Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath. “Keep your playlist fresh with your favourite upbeat music and latest summer anthems.”
5. Use your surroundings
“When you take your workouts outside, take a look around. There are a number of every day things that you can use to switch up your movements,” says Redpath. “For example, when you are at the park, using a bench for tricep dips, monkey bars for hanging knee tucks, or the curb for step-ups is a great way to keep your workouts fresh.”
6. Try tabata
This type of training can be done with any exercise you like – from pushups to squats and beyond. “For each move, complete as many reps as you can in 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds and repeat eight times. You’ll be feeling the burn in minutes,” says Redpath. Translation? Shorter workouts.