Hey all my fit and wanting to be fit Apartmentites! This is Demarcus and I am here to fill you in on a few fitness tips around your apartment. I will be adding my fitness and health “two cents" in every so often, so without further ado. . . let's rock.
The summer heat is crankin’ up as we get deeper and deeper into the warm months. Of course we all still want to be able to hit the beach in our swimsuits with pride, so we still need to be hitting the gym.
I am a strong advocate on getting a little fresh air and doing cardio outside, in whatever way that may be. However I know that is hard for my folks in states like Texas that are really feeling the heat when they step out of their apartment. So what can you do for cardio around the apartment if it's too hot to run or bike outside?
Well the number one rule in doing any cardio anywhere is to be sure and stay hydrated! Drink lots of water and, NO, soda, coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages do not count. Water, gatorade, even kool-aid, but none of that other stuff. Then to avoid extreme heat, try these cardio ideas:
The Obvious- If your community has a fitness center you can easily do your cardio on one of the machines. Yes, they can be boring, but if you get some really up beat music on your I-Pod and zone out thinking about how good you are going to look for your significant other or want to be significant other, the time will pass in no time.
Work Out Tapes- If you live on the first floor of your apartment building, I would recommend getting some workout dvd's like Tae Bo or one of the other awesome programs out there. Then you can rock out in your living room and the only people who will look at you funny when you are flailing around are your cats. If you go this route, you have to stick to the tapes and do them everyday. Additional note: If you live upstairs. . . . please be careful doing any type of workout in your apartment as your stomping around may bother your downstairs neighbors.
Jump Rope- Jump Roping is my favorite bit of cardio. If you do it long enough, you will burn an incredible number of calories. The key to avoiding the heat is to find an area inside where it is okay for you to jump rope. Again, if you are on the bottom floor in your apartment and have high ceilings and non-carpet floors, you could do it there. You may also try in the fitness center or in a shady area by the pool.
Pool- Speaking of the POOL. Swimming is another incredible form of cardio if done right. Hop in and do a hundred laps of freestyle swimming everyday and you will see a difference. You may switch up to the breast stroke a little to really tone your shoulders and upper body. Add water proof leg weights to build those legs! Remember to always be mindful of your neighbors who may also be enjoying the pool.
Hit The Courts- One of my fellow A-Teamers here at Apartment Home Living, Trey, loves hitting the court and playing some round ball. He told me that to avoid the heat, but still get his cardio in, he joins some pick up games during the open hours at the YMCA. This is a great idea and doesn't get repetitively boring like a treadmill. I've played ball with Trey and have to say that if he can hang anyone can hang, so hit the court! You might also try your church or local gym for other indoor courts. OH! And don't forget about the other indoor court sports like racquetball and squash
Spin Class- Join a spin class or an aerobics class at the Y or nearby gym. This is an incredible way to get fit, stay fit, and meet new people in the area. Plus, it's fairly inexpensive and some gyms include it with their membership. Heck. . . check with your community manager, maybe there is someone within the community that offer classes at the community gym.
No matter how you do it, just make sure and get fit. It's good for you and it increases happiness, productivity, and overall life quality. Always keep hydrated and when working out around the community. . .be mindful of your neighbors.
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