Choose a Summer workout that’s right for your body

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With summer just around the corner, many people are looking for a new form of exercise that is suitable for the summer months.

However, there’s no ‘one perfect workout formula’ when it comes to your personal health and fitness goals, so we’ve come up with a solution to help you find exercise that you love and will stick to.

Think about physical activity you enjoyed as a kid.

Sounds kind of silly, right? But if you think back to the exercises you loved as a kid, you’ll find they were actually a really good source of aerobic fitness – swimming, rock climbing, tennis, bike riding and more. The more you enjoy something, the more likely you are to stick to it and actually look forward to working out.

Is it appropriate for a hot South East Queensland summer?

You may absolutely love hot yoga, but do you really need to be sweating in a sauna like environment during the steamy months? It’s always a good time of year to mix it up and engage in more summer friendly sports, like swimming so you’re less likely to cancel when the weather is scorching.

Consider your budget.

There’s no use committing to more expensive clubs and gyms if you cannot afford it. Set a weekly or fortnightly spend for fitness, and stick to it.

Many places are happy to negotiate a price for you – don’t be afraid to ask for a discount!

Enjoy some variety!

Programs like the Ipswich Hospital’s Fit4Life offer a variety of different sports and activities to try weekly, for the low price of $5 per class or $15 per fortnight if you take up a membership. Mixing up your workouts not only stops you from getting bored, but allows you to work different parts of the body for optimal results.

Take your current health into consideration.

If you’re currently overweight, recovering from an injury or surgery or perhaps just haven’t worked out in awhile, it’s best to begin slowly before going all out. Going for gentle walks and bike rides are always a good option until you gradually improve your health and can move on to more challenging exercises.