Tips to get through the heat


Courtney Williams

Well, as another school year comes to a close, I suddenly find myself in a panic moment. I’m not going to have a free gym membership for the summer. The Elmen Center is not practically in my backyard. I’m going to have to find some new way to get my workouts in during summer vacation, where, let’s be honest, all anyone wants to do is lounge by the pool.

Enter my conscience. I know, I know. I need to stay active, otherwise I’ll become a couch potato and preseason workouts in the fall will really suck. But what should I do?

Here are some tips for staying healthy and active during your summer vacation:

1. Fruit is plentiful. Eat fruit. That ginormous watermelon at the family picnic? Indulge. Have some berries at breakfast, or instead of reaching for that bag of chips at snack-time, grab an apple.

2. Wear sunscreen. ‘Nuff said.

3. When you go out for a run, walk, hike or bike ride, take your dog, or if you have a cat that you can successfully put a leash on then more power to you. They like being active just as much as you do.

4. Water, water, water. Take a water bottle with you whenever you go workout. Being dehydrated is not fun in the summertime.

5. If you don’t have the funds to join a gym, like most of us poor college kids don’t, you are perfectly capable of doing most of your workouts without a treadmill or weights. Your body is a weight, use that. Find a playground and do pull-ups on the monkey bars. Do lunges up and down your driveway.

6. Workout with your family or friends. It’s more fun, and you’ll push yourself harder when you have someone else with you.

7. Do a 5K or a half- or full marathon. The Color Run, Mud Run and so many other 5Ks take place during the summer. Do some training and get out there with a group and have a blast.

8. When you’re at the pool, don’t just lay on the comfy chairs reading a book and listening to your iPod. Get in the pool and swim. Doing a few laps, playing water polo or splashing around is the best workout you can do since it works your whole body. Bonus: if you babysit, take the kids to the pool. Easiest way to give them the time of their life but also wear them out for naptime.

9. Try to exercise every day for at least 30 minutes. Your television show can wait, the great outdoors is calling.

10. Most importantly, just get off the couch, and go get some Vitamin D every day. We all know that summer won’t last, and since it’s still snowing in May, be thankful we even get a summer.

These are simple tricks that will keep you moving and staying healthy this summer. I wish you the best of summer vacations, and I challenge you to get up and go each day. Have a great break!