Rev it up

Your summer fitness choices are just about endless

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
By LISA LIDDANE The Orange County Register Among summer's delights are the longer daylight hours, which mean more opportunities to work on our fitness outside.
Going outdoors can be a fun way to spice up our exercise or sports conditioning programs - as long as we take measures to reduce risk of heat- and sun-related problems.
One of the best aspects of outdoor activity is that we can do it with friends and family.
Here are some ways to rev up your fitness this summer:
  • Go in the water: Swimming is one of the best answers to keeping cool while burning a lot of calories. It's an all-around great workout for cardiovascular conditioning. Or take a water-fitness class.
    If you like jogging, you can do this in a large pool - there are flotation devices that enable you to "run" in deep water. Organize a game of water polo, basketball or volleyball with friends or neighbors. Enroll in a surfing camp. Learn to body board. Rent a kayak if you don't have one and go paddling with a friend.
    Consider a slew of cardio machines that are being adapted for swimming pools. Some of these machines, such as treadmills, have been used for rehabilitation, but fitness enthusiasts are slowly discovering them.
    Hydroride, which debuted in New York last year, is a pool group cycling class that uses specially designed bikes similar in concept to those used for Spinning.
  • Take it to the beach: Sand can pose a different challenge to your body since it's an unstable environment. Check out beach boot camp classes. Go for a brisk walk along the beach at sunset. This not only can invigorate your body, but can also help you destress after a busy day at work.
    And of course, there's the classic summer sport - beach volleyball. Why be content with watching it? Go out and play it.
  • Build activity into a vacation: This is a wonderful way to combine sightseeing and maintaining fitness and even enjoying nature. Besides, it's a good excuse for scheduling that relaxing massage afterward at the spa.
    Many of the vacations my husband and I take have a fitness component.
    At the end of summer last year, we went hiking in Alaska. In previous years, we've hiked into a crater in Maui and ridden our mountain bikes through Joshua Tree. Space out the activities so you have enough days to recharge your batteries.
    Think about packing sports socks and a pair of good walking shoes if you're visiting a city, or day-hiking boots if you're headed to the countryside or near wilderness. You never know when you might have the opportunity to explore a place on foot.
    If you prefer inline skating and have room in your luggage for skates, by all means bring your gear.
    If you're a cruise-loving person, consider the ship's exercise and sports amenities.
    Scripps Howard Working out on sand is a great challenge for your body. So how about a game of beach volleyball this summer? Above, Eric
    Fonoimoana of the U.S. digs a ball at a tournament.
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