Six tips to get fit this summer

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen shares a laugh after finishing a long mountain bike ride during a recent trip to Arizona. Getting outdoors and enjoying the good spring and summer weather is a great way to stay in shape.

The weather is getting warmer and warmer and that means a lot more workout options for people on healthy regimens.
With spring in full effect and summer right around the corner, here are six summer workout tips:

1. Do morning workouts – The coolest time of day to work out is in the morning and it’s also a great time to send you into the rest of the day with great energy.
If you can work it into your schedule, seriously consider starting each day off with a morning workout.
2. Buddy system – Find a friend to work out with. It will help you both push each other and make the workouts more interesting.
3. Soak up the sun – Take advantage of the nice weather by getting outside to exercise, whether it’s setting up your weights outside, biking, hiking, or anything else that will get you moving and burning calories.
4. Yard work – A great way to condition your body, and also get stuff done around the house, is to treat your yard work like a workout. Work hard as you put in a flower bed or mulch around trees. And you’ll really have something to show for your hard work at the end of the day.
5. Don’t forget the home gym – Even though the weather’s nicer, it’s also nice to still have the option of working out in a home gym or at a club. You should still keep up a strength training regimen and it’s also nice to have the option to do a cardio workout indoors on a treadmill, elliptical or exercise bike.
6. Keep cool – Don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Another good way to keep cool is to wear a hat or even a bandana or t-shirt wrapped on your head. It will help keep moisture in and keep the sun off you some.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at