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Now that the sun is coming and the temperatures are on the rise, you're probably looking for ways to inject energy into your winter-weary workout and perhaps streamline that waistline for your body-baring wardrobe.
Regardless of whether you're already active or just starting out, why not use the long days of summer to kick-start your fitness program with these fun and easy tips that will leave you looking good and feeling great?
1. Walk your way to shapely legs and buttocks.
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise because it's inexpensive, doesn't require skill, and in the lazy days of summer it can propel you through local parks, hikes, and splendid scenery.
Make it better by:
Checking out urban hikes, river pathways, or other scenic locales in your area. You don't need to trek to the mountains to have a getaway, and your local parks department may have resources to guide you.
How much is enough?
We benefit best from a minimum of 3 cardiovascular conditioning sessions per week. Build up from 15 minutes to 45 minutes or more. Work at a level where you feel sweaty and short of breath. Need a challenge? Walk up hills or stairs (or learn how to start your own walking or running regimen!).
2. Circuit in the park.
In the season of tank tops and halter tops, we always feel better with a bit more muscle tone. On one of your weekly walks, add in the three upper-body strength exercises described below. Walk for 10 minutes then do the exercises. Walk for 10 minutes more and do a second set. If you're feeling strong, walk for 10 more minutes and perform set number three!
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