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Edward-Elmhurst Health: 7 ways to make this your summer of fitness

Edward-Elmhurst Health: 7 ways to make this your summer of fitness

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As the days lengthen and sunshine becomes a staple, it’s easy to let a fitness routine slip away. But it is important to continue with a routine, even a modified one, to avoid regression through the summer months.
Follow these simple and effective methods to meet summer fitness goals. Smarter time spent in the gym

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As outdoor obligations pick up during the summer, take advantage of the time spent in the gym.
  • Focus on strength training. Use outdoor activities like walking, or even yardwork, to supplement or replace your normal cardiovascular routine.
  • Perform compound (multi-joint) exercises at the gym. Think squats, deadlifts, lunges, push-ups, pull-ups, rows and overhead presses. These movements have a greater demand on larger muscle groups.
  • Cut down on rest periods. This is an issue many people struggle with. It is important to get the maximum amount of work done in the time available. Use a stopwatch to ensure adequate rest between exercises.
Take advantage of the weather

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  • Go on longer walks. Try going farther than usual in the same amount of time or maintain the usual pace for a longer time.
  • Golfing? Walk instead of taking a cart. The added cardiovascular benefit from walking will add up.
  • Use yardwork to maximize fitness goals. Instead of walking behind a self-propelled lawnmower, push it manually. Use a broom instead of a leaf blower. Focus on proper form when squatting down for garden work or lifting to move heavy loads like soil to avoid back injuries.
  • Take training outdoors. Instead of sweating in the gym, run outside. Use park benches for push-ups, step-ups, box squats and dips. Many parks also have outdoor pull-up stations or weight equipment; take full advantage.
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Get more information at EEHealth.org/healthy-driven/fitness-centers.

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