Summer is just around the corner and with it, a host of new activities for you to enjoy. While most people start thinking about how much fun it will be to water ski, hike or hit the links with friends, most of us don’t consider the fact that these activities involve muscles that have probably been inactive for months.
Take gardening and outdoor yard work, for example. You don’t often think of these leisurely activities as a workout, but they are and you’ll be sure to enjoy them more if you prepare your body for the pulling, twisting, squatting, lifting and digging that will be required. Golfing is another popular warm weather activity that most of us don’t prepare properly for. A golf swing involves a number of movements we don’t make on a normal basis, and if you don’t prepare your hips, shoulders and core, you won’t enjoy the activity as much as you could and might even injure yourself.
So what’s the solution? Take time to prepare your body with some simple workouts that target these muscle groups so you’ll be ready to fully enjoy your favorite warm-weather activities. We’ve developed a workout program utilizing the SandBell, which may be the most underrated and misunderstood piece of equipment in our store. The SandBell reinvents free weight exercise by combining the best features of dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, slam balls and sand bag training into one simple yet powerful weight training tool. We’ve included three SandBell workouts in this post that are perfect for summer preparations. You can mix and match the workouts or choose the one that best fits the types of activities you plan to take part in.
1. Full Body Workout
The full body workout is ideal for those who want to be involved in a variety of activities this summer. Working on overall strength, flexibility and balance, the full body workout emphasizes working all muscle groups instead of focusing too much on one area, which can lead to soreness, injury and lower performance. This four-part video series will take everyone from beginner to experienced athlete to a new level of fitness.
2. Getting Ready for Golf
Planning to spend a good portion of your summer on the green? Then you’d better have your shoulders, back and core prepared for the strain that comes with the game of golf. Building strength and flexibility will improve club head speed and rotation and will help prevent injuries. This short workout is also a great companion to the full body workout if you want a comprehensive exercise routine.
3.Dynamic Warm Ups for all of your Summer Activities
Instead of practicing a sport or focusing on cardio activities this summer, maybe you’re instead planning some leisurely walks, a few vacations and some fishing with your buddies. Even though these activities sound relaxing, they can actually be more strenuous than you realize and require balance, lifting and bending that you’re not used to. No matter what activity you’re getting ready for, it’s important to complete a full body warm-up to prevent injuries and the creation of lactic acid that will lead to soreness and stiffness that won’t fit in with your summer of fun!
Get Ready for Summer
As the temperatures begin to rise, it’s exciting to plan the many activities, trips and sports that come along with the change in season. To make sure you enjoy summer to the fullest, make a point to check out new exercises and tools that can prepare you for those activities and prevent any injuries that can bring summer fun to a premature end.