MODESTO — o matter how rigorously teens follow fitness routines during the school year, it's easy to be lax in summertime. Admittedly, life's leisurely pace and the longer days can lull us into relaxing. However, a break from school should not also mean a break from physical activity.
For those wanting to stay in shape this summer, here are some tips to get you up and moving:
Work out with friends Not surprisingly, it's easier to fall out of routine when you don't have someone to keep you motivated. Getting together with friends or even teammates from your sport is a great way to ensure you keep your heart rate up while also having fun.
"Going to the summer workouts we have for cross country is my favorite way of keeping active," says Turlock High junior Raveena Samra. "Running with your friends is really enjoyable and helps keep everyone motivated."
Incorporate movement in daily tasks Make the most of mundane tasks. Offer to check the mail. Volunteer to mow the lawn. Walk the dog. In short, make an effort to keep yourself moving.
Says Raveena, "I believe that taking measures to keep fit and active is beneficial in many different ways. Being active is importantbecause it helps you stay healthy and alert."
Explore the outdoors Summer is the perfect time to soak in the sunshine, so make an effort to integrate the outdoors with your fitness routine.
"Running, swimming, biking and walking are some of the many ways I use the outdoors to stay fit during summer," says Amanda Medina, a junior at Turlock High School.
What's more, being able to enjoy the fresh air while you exercise can be exhilarating and refreshing.
"It's a great stress-reliever for me."
Join a gym If you don't want to feel limited to just outdoor workouts, visiting a gym is another great option.
"Working out at the gym is really different from exercising outdoors," Amanda says. "In the gym, I'm usually making my legs and arms stronger by lifting or pushing weights and using the elliptical and treadmill."
Search around to learn what deals and classes are being offered at gyms and fitness centers in your area. You're likely to find one with features that fit just right for you.
Henna Hundal is a junior at Turlock High School and a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom Program.