For many, celebrities offer #fitnessinspiration and ways they stay in shape. Their posts include what workouts they swear by every day and their followers love it. The summertime is the ideal time to exercise outside and soak up the sun — wearing sunscreen of course, and there are plenty of activities that allow you to do that and get your daily exercise in for the day. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. If you get outside at least three times a week for a half hour, you can easily reach this sweat quota.
These high-intensity workouts will have you in shape and ready to take on summer — with celebrity approval.
When you picture water aerobics, it may not be the first thing you think of when you hear “intense workout.” But this activity isn’t just your grandma’s weekly dip in the pool. Think of it more as an underwater zumba class. It’s a great way to work your muscles and raise your heart rate without putting pressure on your joints.
Kerry Washington from Scandal credits water aerobics for keeping her in shape throughout her pregnancies. Remember, before you jump into the pool, spray on hint sunscreen® to keep your skin protected from the sun (it’s water-resistant). Not sure where to start? Fitness recommends you repeat these motions for 30 minutes next time you jump in.
- Jog in place
- Grab onto the side of the pool and “pedal” your legs at the surface of the water
- Flutter kick
- Stand with your left side toward the wall, lift your right leg 90 degrees out to the side, and complete 20 reps and repeat on the other side
The summertime is the ideal time to get out and bike. It’s the workout for every body because biking isn’t weight bearing and you never forget how to do it. Several celebrities have been spotted out biking including: Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Aniston, and Matthew McConaughey. Although biking is mostly a lower body and cardio workout it will burn approximately 650 calories per hour. You can also customize this workout so it fits you.
- Increase the resistance on your pedals
- Increase pedaling rate
- Find new routes that include a range of inclines and level surfaces
You don’t have to have all of the fancy equipment that a boxing gym does. Grab a partner and head outside. Boxing is a great whole body workout because it gets you working with muscle building and cardio. Boxing will teach you to learn quick combinations, find your core and stay balanced. You can work on a variety of things like drills, fast feet, and sequences.
Gigi Hadid and many other top models use boxing to stay in shape for their shoots. Because of the high intensity of the workout, they leave their workout feeling tired, but accomplished. Boxing is a fast-paced workout that targets your arms and core. To become a master in boxing, you have to learn the basics. Here are some routines to learn before you hit the class…
- Jab, Cross, Jab, Bob, and Weave
- Jab, Cross, Hook, Bob and Weave
- Boxer Bicycle Crunches
- Jab, Cross, Upper and Cover
It only makes sense that Wimbledon is in June and the U.S. Open in August because summertime is the prime time for tennis. Whether you want to play singles or doubles, you will feel the burn. This high energy sport focuses on your legs, arms, and core while playing. Celebrity and actress Scarlett Johansson is one seen around the court. She filmed a movie called Match Point where she played a tennis player, but she still continues to play in her free time. She credits tennis for giving her a rockin’ bod. If you want to get out on the court and practice with a partner, here are some drills for you to follow to strengthen your tennis arm…
- Work on fast footwork— ladder drills and sprints on the court
- Have your partner hit tennis balls at you in all different directions so you are constantly moving across the court
- Stand by yourself with two opponents on the other side of the net. Have the other players rally with you. The goal of this exercise is to keep you running back and forth.
Throwback to your elementary school days and grab a jump rope. This simple exercise will get you sweating in a couple minutes. Throw in as many tricks as you want! Or even grab your crew and get the double dutch started. Justin Bieber and Kate Hudson are fans of this high energy workout. And this is another workout that you could do almost anywhere. To boost this workout to another level, we have some additions to add…
- High knee jumps
- Jumping Backward
Trail running has become a popular activity to many people as it works different muscles compared to if you were running on the road. Cindy Crawford has reportedly given up a treadmill for hiking and trail running because of the additional muscles it works out. Running uphill, jumping over obstacles, and working through tough terrain can add an extra layer of difficulty to a usually flat run. The run can also be interrupted by additional workouts. You should always start at a light jogging pace to warm up. Add these exercises to your trail run to increase difficulty…
- Single-leg squats
- Lateral lunges
- Donkey kicks
- Bicycle sit-ups
Next time you take your workout outside, you may spot a sweaty celeb!