5 Activities to Inspire Your Fittest Summer Ever

Summer is here! Why not change things up a bit and add in a new activity to your current exercise routine. These five activities are a blast – and they may be just what you need to “jumpstart” your fitness and take it to the next level.

1. Stand Up Paddle Board – Otherwise known as SUP – is the fastest growing water sport. It has gained so much recent popularity that research is being conducted on the physiology of SUP at Rutger’s University and Bond University in Australia. On flat water or in the surf, it is a fantastic experience that offers a full body workout and high calorie burn. You can even add in a few sets of push ups and yoga positions to make it a complete workout. Try renting a board this summer while on vacation to see if it’s for you. If you’re wondering how it differs from kayaking in terms if a workout read this.

2. Trail Run or Hike – If you’re someone who has been doing a lot of hiking, try trail running this summer. If you are a runner, change it up for hiking. You might find it’s just what your mind and body need.

3. Power Yoga – Yoga is a great way to supplement your exercise routine, or get back into exercising if you have been away from it for awhile. The stress of running and strength training can take its toll on your mind and body, yoga offers great benefits that, when added to your regular routine, can improve your results and have you feeling better than ever. The increase in core strength and flexibility from practicing yoga will benefit any activity you pursue.

4. Smartraining – If you’re looking for a fun, engaging, full-body workout, then check out a Koko FitClub near you. There are 130 clubs open across the country. Koko offers technology guided, circuit-based strength training sessions and interval-based cardio sessions all based on the latest exercise science. It delivers results!

5. Adventure Runs – If 5k road races are getting old, why not try one of the many adventure races that are now available. Look for a RuckusSpartan Race, or Tough Mudder near you. These are typically 2-4 mile races with built-in obstacle courses and they are tons of fun. Not a challenging enough distance? These and other organizations offer longer distances and more challenging courses – just make sure you’re physically and mentally prepared.

Now get out there and have FUN this summer!

Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer
Koko FitClub
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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.

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