SAMANTHA EVANS

Now that spring has sprung, we are all well aware that summer is literally weeks away. Along with the warm weather come receding hemlines, bikinis and board shorts. So if you haven’t already started getting into shape now is probably a good time to embrace a plan of action. If puffing away on the treadmill or elliptical doesn’t appeal to you, there are a number of alterative options to get fit and healthy this summer:

Group classes at the gym: Firstly, there are the tried and tested favourite-group classes at the gym. These include spinning classes, aerobics and Pilates to name a few. So grab a buddy and your yoga mat and head to your nearest gym to enquire about classes.

Pole Dancing: Now this one is for the ladies in particular. No longer just a profession that sees scantily clad females slide up and down a pole in exchange for money, this extra-curricular activity has become popular in shaping, toning and improving core muscles. Many celebrities have adopted the pole-dancing option in an attempt to get fit.

Walking the dog: A little more conservative than pole dancing (and perhaps more family friendly) this activity is a great way to spend a sunny morning. Not only is it good for you, but your dog will also appreciate getting out and about for a walk.

Trampoline: This will surely take you back to your childhood days. Trampoline is often overlooked as a fitness exercise, but by incorporating a few twists and turns you can burn a sufficient number of calories. And besides, its fun!

Pool activities: whether you prefer doing lengths or playing a tough game of pool volleyball with a group of friends, the pool is a great place to stay cool and keep fit this summer. The benefits of aerobic activity in water are countless and it’s a great opportunity to work on your tan and improve your fitness level all at once.

Rock climbing: This one is not for the faint hearted and if you’re afraid of heights then it’s a definite no-no. But if that’s not a problem for you then you should probably give rock climbing a try. With the proper equipment and guidance, it’s a safe and fun way to strengthen both arms and legs.

Recreational cycling: We’ve all tried out spinning classes at the gym, but if rows of stationary bikes and pumping music don’t do it for you, then maybe outdoor cycling is the way to go. It’s a growing sport in South Africa with more people becoming interested in it for not only the health benefits but also for social reasons.

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