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Fun Ways to Stay Active in Warm Weather

man and woman drinking water bottlesSummer means it’s time to take advantage of the great outdoors and soak up the sun while getting in shape for the season.

Now that warm, sunny days are in the forecast, it’s time to expand your workout routine beyond the Park Place Towers fitness center. You won’t want to miss out on these outdoor exercise opportunities available for all our residents:

Tennis

Grab a partner or get some friends together for mixed doubles. A tennis match is a great way to socialize while burning some calories in addition to getting your heart rate up for a great aerobic workout.

Basketball

The complex has a great basketball court ready and waiting for you and your friends to get a game started.

Swimming

Park Place Towers boasts a gorgeous pool where you can get some laps in each morning or whenever you have some free time. Swimming is a great low-impact exercise that works all of your muscle groups and burns many calories.

Private Park

The Towers has a gorgeous private park for its residents. Instead of sitting on a bench and admiring its beauty, take a brisk 30-minute walk around the jogging trail to get in a great workout. You might also consider setting up a badminton or volleyball net and playing some matches with friends and neighbors.

Other fun, calorie-burning exercises you can pursue near the Towers in Hartford include:

Biking

Summer is the perfect time to add biking to your workout routine. Hartford and the surrounding communities have dozens of biking and walking paths that allow you to get in a great workout while enjoying a beautiful Connecticut summer.

Hiking

Connecticut is a gorgeous state that boasts hundreds of miles of hiking trails in state parks and natural areas. Make a day of it with friends or family by having a picnic after you hit the trails. There are a variety of trails from easy to advance and everything in between, so choose a trail that’s right for fitness level.

Roller Skating

Not only is roller skating a great aerobic exercise, but it’s fun and easy to do in parks and authorized paved pathways. Make sure you wear a helmet and knee pads to prevent any injuries.

Exercising in the summer may be fun but remember the heat can get the best of you if you’re not prepared. Follow these tips to stay safe during your outdoor workouts:

Stay Hydrated

Remember to drink water before, during, and after a workout.

Choose the Best Time

If it’s especially hot, exercise in the morning before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m. to avoid peak sun exposure.

Dress Correctly

Exercise in light-colored, loose clothing. Wear a hat and sunglasses.

Block the Sun

Apply sweat-resistant sunscreen before exercising. Reapply often while outdoors (every 80 minutes) for best results.

Be Aware of Your Body

Don’t overdo it. If you feel tired, take a break and drink water until you feel better. It may take you a couple of weeks to adapt to working out in the heat.

Get a Doctor’s Ok

If you have health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or other chronic conditions, get approval from your doctor before starting any workout regimen.

Park Place Towers is a great place to spend your summer. Contact us here to check for rates and availability.