Bring on the sun and humidity because it’s finally summer! (YAY!) This summer is all about finding what makes you happy and healthy, and today’s CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes & Actions to Recreate Girls) post rounds up five of our favorite fun outdoor summer workouts. So throw on your favorite gear, gather your friends and get movin’!
Find your inner mountain girl and head out to your local park. Parks across the U.S. have trails that vary in length and difficulty, so find a course that matches your fitness level. When you go, make sure to pack the necessary gear for the amount of time you plan to spend hiking, including snacks, sunscreen and most importantly, water.
you’re looking for a workout to tone your entire body, including your abs, this is the one for you. Stand-up paddle boarding requires you to use a combination of balance and strength. Core muscles are in constant use to maintain your balance, and leg and arm muscles are used to propel yourself forward. It’s low impact, but it’ll torch hundreds of calories per hour. Don’t worry if you’ve never boarded before. Classes are often offered at different levels to ensure that everyone is comfortable and safe on his or her board.
5K, 10K, ANY-K Run
Summer is the time that runners come out to play. Yes, many runners prefer cooler spring and fall months, but summer is when fun runs are at their height. Not all races have to be done for PRs (personal records), and in the warmer summer months, expecting to beat your previous mile times during every race would be silly. It’s sometimes just too hot. Challenge yourself to let go of the technical details and enjoy a fun run!
Outdoor Yoga, Pilates, Barre
Discover your “om” in nature. Yoga, pilates and barre studios love to take advantage of the great weather by hosting classes in local parks or—if you’re lucky—beaches. You’d be surprised what a little sunrise yoga can do to start your day!
You’ve done indoor spinning classes. You’ve gone on scenic bike rides. Now it’s time to kick it up a notch. Grab your bike and a group of friends and head out for a fun, sweaty day in the sun. Pick a trail near you or plan a route prior to leaving, so you know exactly how far you plan to be riding that day and pack fuel (water, snacks, etc.) accordingly.
Do you have a trail that you love or a favorite outdoor program in your city? Share it with us! We’re always looking for new workouts, and with more than 5,000 CHAARG girls around the country, you may just help a girl find her new favorite workout spot.
We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.
You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weight lifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.
Grace Murray is a CHAARG blogger from Kent State University. She divides her free time between CrossFit and running, and plans to tackle her first marathon this fall. When she’s not studying or exercising, she’s eating enough carrots and peanut butter to feed four out of New York’s five boroughs.