Fun in the sun: 4 fitness accessories perfect for summer
With warmer temps and longer days, summer is a great time to cancel or freeze your gym membership and take your workouts to the great outdoors, instead.
Trade the treadmill for trail runs and the lap lanes for lakes this summer and all of sudden working out feels more like playing. Tell, the gym you’ll be back in the winter when you’re in hibernation mode!
Here are 4 warm-weather workout accessories to help you and the sun melt those calories away.
Make every day this summer a bike-to-work day. Save money on gas, forget about rush hour traffic and bike to work in style with this pannier that is waterproof and roomy enough to tote your lunch and a change of clothes (because those Spandex aren’t going to cut it in the office, even on casual Friday). Ortlieb BackRoller Urban Bike Pannier, $120, rei.com
It’s yoga festival season! What better way to center yourself and enjoy the meditative practice than to do so with an ocean or mountain view? Whether you’re heading to a big yogi convention like Wanderlust or you’ve scouted out the most serene nook in a neighborhood park, these yoga essentials are all you need for an outdoor session. The kit comes with a citron sundial yoga mat with a non-slip grip; an on-the-go mat bag with an exterior pocket to stash your phone, wallet and keys; yoga straps and a quick-drying hand towel. Premium Citron Sundial Collection, $52, gaiam.com
Splish, splash – no board rash
Maybe your cardio is surfing or paddleboarding. Heck, it might even be chasing your kids around the pool area being the Marco to their Polo. Whatever your water sport is, if you plan to spend a lot of time at the beach or the pool, a rashguard is the perfect accessory to keep in your swim bag. This sporty-chic striped rashguard is perfect for surfing because a hidden loop at the hem secures it to the top of your board short laces so it doesn’t ride up when you’re riding a wave. We also love it for all water-related activities because the extra sun protection: It’s rated UPF 50+ protection. Colorblock Stripe Rashguard, $69, athleta.com
Stay on track
Health experts recommend we take 10,000 steps a day, which translates to about 5 miles. Keep track of your movement with a Fitbit, a comfy tracker that logs the steps you take, the stairs you climb, the calories you burn and the distance you travel. Your data automatically syncs with select devices and you can track your progress as well as log meals. Take advantage of the summer months to get more outdoor exercise logged, whether that’s a walk during your lunch break or suggesting a hike with a friend next time she asks you out for brunch. Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Tracker + Sleep Wristband, $122.99 on sale, bestbuy.com