Summer is Officially Here!
June 21, 2014
Today is June 21st, which marks the first official day of Summer, 2014 and the Summer Solstice…so exciting! That means fun in the sun, beach time, pool parties, summer camp for the kids, lazy days of vacation, warm summer nights, the smell of fresh flowers everywhere, the feel of a warm breeze on your skin and new memories to create with your family and friends that will last a lifetime. 🙂
It also means it’s time to kick your workouts into full gear so you can have the energy to enjoy this glorious time of year and look and feel your best while doing it! Here are some ideas to help you keep your fitness levels at their peak this summer.
Create the perfect playlist for your iPod:
Here are my Top 10 favorite “of the moment” summer workout songs (includes high energy cardio songs and slower songs that are good for core work, stretching, weights, biking or running):
1. Shakira – “La La La”
2. Ricky Martin – “Vida”
3. Ariana Grande – “Problem”
4. Nico & Vinz – “Am I Wrong”
5. MAGIC! – “Rude”
6. Becky G – “Shower”
7. Jennifer Lopez – “First Love”
8. Calvin Harris – “Summer”
9. Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
10.Justin Timberlake – “Not a Bad Thing”
Sign up for some races:
I’ve been a subscriber to Active.com for many, many years as they have great listings of races throughout the year – 5ks, 10ks, half-marathons, marathons, triathlons, ironmans, fun runs…you name it! Here are some fun events I’ve been looking at doing this summer in my local area:
1. Foam Glow 5k in San Jose, CA
2. Jungle Run 10k and Half Marathon in Los Gatos, CA
3. USCG Station Golden Gate Heritage Run 5k and 12k in Sausalito, CA
4. Race to the End of Summer 5k, 10k and Half Marathon in San Jose, CA
Mix up your workouts with indoor and outdoor options:
Summer makes it easy to get outdoors and go running, biking, hiking and swimming, so those are all great activities to fit into your schedule and if you have kids, you can bring them along! However, for those extremely hot or rainy summer days, there are always great classes you can take at the gym – Body Pump, Cardio Sculpt, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, TRX, Spinning, etc. Another option for those kinds of days is to get your workouts in at home. Here’s a picture of some of the workout equipment I have at my house including an elliptical machine, ballet bar, weights, playground ball, resistance band, yoga mat and medicine ball. Having this equipment around reminds me that there is no excuse not to workout! 😉
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Between hot weather and intense workouts, it will be critical to make sure you drink lots of water so you don’t get dehydrated. The rule of thumb is usually to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day and if you’re exercising, drink even more water.
Workout with ME!
I’m busy working with my video production team to launch my first set of digital fitness videos this summer!!! Here we are, hard at work on the editing. I’m so excited to share my videos so you guys can workout with me from wherever you are this summer and beyond. Stay tuned for more details…
That’s it for today my friends. Enjoy the start of summer and I’ll be back again soon with another post!!!
Works Cited: Shakira. “La La La.” By Dr. Luke, Shakira, J2, Cirkut. Shakira. RCA. 2014; Ricky Martin, “Vida.” By Salaamremi.com, David Cabrera. One Love, One Rhythm. Sony. 2014; Arianna Grande. “Problem.” By Max Martin, Shellback, Ilya. Untitled Album. Republic, 2014; Nico & Vinz. “Am I Wrong.” By Cisse Methods. Black Star Elephant. 5 Star Entertainment, EMI Music, Norway, Warner Bros. Records. 2013; MAGIC! “Rude.” By Adam Messinger. Don’t Kill the Magic. SME. 2013; Becky G. “Shower.” By Lukasz Gottwald. TBA. Kemosabe Records. 2014; Jennifer Lopez. “First Love.” By Max Martin, Ilya, Peter Carlsson. A.K.A. Capitol. 2014; Calvin Harris. “Summer.” By Calvin Harris. Summer – Single. Deconstruction, Fly Eye, Columbia. 2014; Sam Smith. “Stay With Me.” By Jimmy Napes. In the Lonely Hour. Capitol. 2014; Justin Timberlake. “Not a Bad Thing.” By Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Jerome, “J-Roc” Harmon. The 20/20 Experience. RCA. 2014, “Activities near Mountain View, CA,” Active – www.active.com