(StatePoint) With warm weather, longer days, and more free time, it’s easy to find ways to stay fit in summer without a gym. And while you may squeeze in a solo workout here and there, making fitness a social activity can keep participants motivated and accountable.
Summertime can be a perfect time to establish new fitness routines with friends or family members. If you’re new to finding workout buddies, here are four ways to get started – as well as shoe suggestions to help keep everyone comfortable and stylish this summer season.
1. Create your own fun run: In-person races may still be few and far between this summer, however, it’s still possible to enjoy the love of running. Map out a nature trail to hit once a week, sign up for virtual fun runs, or set up a series of running relay events in the neighborhood.
Men’s shoe to try: The Asics Mens GT 1000 10 running shoe is designed specifically for active runners and includes GEL technology cushioning in the heel to absorb shock. Additionally, the AHAR Plus outsole holds up longer than the high abrasion rubber.
2. Learn a new sport: From tennis to beach volleyball and from soccer to golf, there are various ways to experience healthy activities as a group while adhering to social distancing guidelines. This can also be a great time to offer younger children the opportunity to try something new!
Boy’s shoe to try: Sporty, fashionable and comfortable, the Nike Boys Reposto sneaker is well-suited for a variety of athletic adventures. Its lightweight design and cushioned insole provide comfort with every step, and the mesh construction adds breathability.
3. Participate in an online class: Whether you enjoy Zumba classes or strength training programs, the online options to exercise are abundant these days. If you have several workout friends, set up a shared calendar and let everyone pick a class.
Women’s shoe to try: The Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 2 running shoe combines style and performance in a slim silhouette. Available in three colors, it even provides on-trend metallic accents in gold or silver tones.
4. Lead by example: The next time you go for a run in the park or hit the court for a quick pick-up game, bring the kids. By highlighting the value of exercise and modeling proper form, you can help them gain the skills they need to be active for life. (Plus, the enthusiasm you have for your favorite hobby can be contagious!)
Girl’s shoe to try: For a style that brings comfort fashion-forward, consider the Adidas Girls Racer TR 2.0 Sneaker. It comes in navy, white, grey, or clear – and features a lightweight rubber outsole to keep her ready for any family activity.
For a one-stop-shopping experience and shoe trends for families, friends, and new fitness partners, visit the Athletic Shop at Rack Room Shoes in stores or online at rackroomshoes.com/athleticshop.
Exercise shouldn’t be a chore. With new gear, a great attitude, and a sense of adventure, getting fit this summer can be fun for all involved!