When summer rolls around, the gym often takes on a dull and dreary appearance. Who wants to stand under fluorescent lighting and stare at themselves in cheap mirrors when sunshine and adventure awaits outside? While you might not be able to ditch your gym routine completely, a few key items can keep you excited to workout and stay on track throughout the long days and warm nights of summer.
Sure, these headphones come at a premium price point, but they really do deliver premium quality sound and performance. The Bluetooth charge lasts up to eight hours, making them perfect for summer hiking or biking excursions, and I can’t emphasize enough how nice it is to ditch the wired connection. Not to mention, the headphones come with a lifetime warranty against sweat, and offer patented secure fit for sports (they lock in place and really stay put). Since I’m someone who listens to Spotify while running and cycling, these have been a great addition to my regular workout routine. The only trick is making sure you keep the sound low enough to hear ambient noise – they’re almost too good at blocking out sound!
HumanX X2 Speed Rope, $17
Jump rope is an incredible workout, and because of its high-intensity, high-impact nature, a little bit goes a long way. That comes in handy during the summer when all you want to do is hang out with friends and enjoy backyard barbeques.
I had a Harbinger weighted jump rope for years that I adored, but sometime in the last six months it mysteriously disappeared. I’ve tried lots of jump ropes and never liked any of them as well as my trusty old steed, and I was about to give in and buy a new one when I received the HumanX X2 Speed Ropes to try. I didn’t think I could like it as much as my old one, but I seriously fell in love. While the handles aren’t weighted (a feature I really liked), the design of the rope is genius, making it swing fast and smooth. It also comes with an extra-long rope that you can cut exactly to size, a handy feature given my height.
Let those cars know you’re coming! The Bern Berkeley bike helmet may not be as aerodynamic as some of the racing helmets out there, but if you’re riding for fun, you really can’t beat this bad boy. The Berkeley comes in six different color options with comfortable interior padding and a flip visor that’s handy for blocking the sun when you need it. I especially appreciate that it meets ASTM F 2040, CPSC and EN 1078 standards for bike and skate, so you can use one awesome helmet for two separate sports.
When you’re looking for a flashy bike perfect for city cycling, you can’t go wrong with the Big Shot Bikes Havana Single Speed fixie. The bold orange frame is sure to put a smile on your face (and it’ll go well with your Bern Berkeley helmet!), and the flip-flop hub lets you ride it as a single speed or fixed gear. Take it for a tour of your city or load it up for your next camping trip – it may not be suitable for serious cyclists or hilly terrain, but its low-maintenance requirements and easy ride are perfect for summertime fun.
No matter what activities you take on this summer, you want to stay cool and look hot. RYU’s Siren Racerback Tank is the perfect combination. Featuring a lightweight burnout fabric and a built-in, low-impact bra, the airflow this top provides is phenomenal. I love the extra length and the loose, but body-skimming style. Not to mention the color combos are super cute. Just be sure to pair it with a more supportive sports bra if you plan on doing vigorous activity
Just because it’s warm outside doesn’t mean the studio or gym will be. Opt for these lightweight woven capris from REI to keep your legs warm in cooler conditions, but still comfortable when you’re in the sun. I especially love that the pants are made of a quick-dry fabric with UPF 50+ sun protection – perfect for outdoor yoga sessions!
You’re never too old to try skateboarding! When you’re looking for a way to mix up your summer fitness routine, buy a board (or steal your daughter’s), and head to the nearest skate park. You might be terrible the first time out, but who cares? The beauty of fitness is that you determine your path, so if that means trying an action sport, then more power to you!