outdoor exercise for the summer

Yoga on the beach, anyone?

Summer is often stereotyped as the season of physical activity. After all, what better time is there to go swimming at the beach or on a backpacking trip with the family? Unfortunately, given the muggy weather and incessant insects that plague many regions, summer can quickly turn from a time of enhanced exercise to days of lounging by the air conditioner. But less than ideal weather conditions don’t have to keep you from achieving your fitness or weight loss goal — simply insert one of the following summer fitness programs into your daily routine. Many of these shows can be easily accessed through a cable or satellite subscription, like Comcast.com or GetDirectTV.org or through one of today’s many streaming services. You’ll be amazed at what a difference a simple television program can make!

‘Power Yoga: Mind & Body’

Aired early in the morning on Ion Life, “Power Yoga: Mind & Body” offers an adaptable yoga workout that can get the laziest potato revived for the coming day. Award-winning yoga instructor Adrienne Reed covers several of the most powerful yoga poses for improving core strength and flexibility, as well as keeping stress at bay. Adrienne is accompanied by students at several levels of ability, so whether you’re a beginner or have been taking yoga for years, you should have no problem improving your skills from the comfort of your own home.

‘Total Body Sculpt With Gilad’

Gilad Janklowicz has established himself as one of the most popular fitness personalities on Earth. And there’s good reason for that popularity — only a few fitness instructors come even close to touching Gilad in terms of sheer motivation. Now featured every day on Discovery Health, “Total Body Sculpt with Gilad” offers participants a full workout targeting every major muscle group. You’ll come away exhausted, but revitalized.

‘The Biggest Loser’

Technically, “The Biggest Loser” isn’t really a fitness show, in that you don’t follow a trainer through various exercises while the episode airs. But this popular series can serve as excellent inspiration. Not only do you get to see formerly obese participants learn how to maintain healthy diets, you can also learn a number of interesting exercises to incorporate into your fitness regimen.

‘Healthy Appetite’ With Ellie Krieger

Maintaining a healthy diet is particularly difficult if you’ve never really learned how to cook … of what little cooking you have learned involves a whole lot of salt and margarine. The Food Network’s “Healthy Appetite” offers you secrets of the kitchen so that you can enjoy healthy, gourmet-style food without paying gourmet prices. Host Ellie Krieger is a registered dietitian, so she knows what she’s talking about. But more importantly, she gets the point across in an entertaining manner!

‘Elle Fitness’

Elle Magazine and Hulu Plus have joined forces to offer fitness buffs an exclusive program starring model Brooklyn Decker. On “Elle Fitness,” viewers can learn a variety of exciting workouts aimed at increasing metabolism. These exercise sessions include high-impact cardio, yoga, beauty sculpting and much more. Whether you’re on the hunt for a hardcore cardio workout, a more relaxed yoga session or tips on healthy eating, you can find it on your television. Try one of the above shows and enjoy a happy, healthy summer!

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