5 Summer Workouts for College Students

June 30, 2020
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Now that the gorgeous summer weather is here, no one wants to be inside—even when it comes to exercising. Plus, with varying stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and new hours/temporary closures for gyms, you might be burnt out on indoor fitness. We’ve gathered five summer workouts that let you get your sweat on outside—and add a little variety to your fitness routine! 

Now that the gorgeous summer weather is here, no one wants to be inside—even when it comes to exercising. Plus, with varying stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and new hours/temporary closures for gyms, you might be burnt out on indoor fitness. We’ve gathered five summer workouts that let you get your sweat on outside—and add a little variety to your fitness routine! 

As a bonus, we also included hints on how to beat the heat for those toasty days when you still want to get a workout in. 

1. Volleyball on the Beach 

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Nothing quite says “summer” like the beach. Play a game of volleyball in the sand to both take advantage of the season while also getting in an awesome summer workout.

Many people view volleyball as a relatively easy game, but it’s actually an intense workout. Volleyball can help you strengthen your core, improve flexibility, and increase endurance. As another benefit, it’s a great way to meet up with fitness-minded friends and have fun while being active.

(Hint: Epoch Beach is the perfect place to play beach volleyball!) 

Beat the heat: Hop in the water in between sets to cool off, which brings us to our next exercise… 

2. Swimming 

Swimming is one of the best workouts for college students and offers a wide variety of benefits. Not only will it tone and strengthen your muscles, but you’ll get in great cardio at the same time. Lucky for Clemson students, we live on beautiful Lake Hartwell!

Since swimming puts so little stress on your body, it’s also an excellent option for those recovering from an injury. And because water makes your muscles buoyant and easier to support, it can be great for those with Multiple Sclerosis or other disabilities. 

Beat the heat: Take a dip in the morning or evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day. 

3. Jogging 

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Jogging and running are classic outdoor exercises for a reason. They’re simple, inexpensive, flexible, and let you enjoy the fresh air while working out. What’s more, regular running is a perfect buddy exercise—ask a friend to join you so you can hold each other accountable.

Worried that jogging may not be enough of a challenge for you? Focus on running on hills or other inclines to get a more intense workout and strengthen your upper body. 

Beat the heat: Avoid lunchtime jogs, the hottest point of the day. Instead, opt for an early morning or evening run. It’s a great way to either pump yourself up for the upcoming day or clear your mind before heading to bed. 

4. Basketball 

If you’re looking for a fun workout with plenty of health benefits that also offers a bit of competition, a game of hoops is ideal. Not only does it give your heart a workout, but it also improves your coordination and helps with strength training.

Basketball is one of our favorite workouts for college students because you can have fun, socialize, and get fit at the same time. If you’re looking to meet new people or make friends, consider finding pick-up games on sites like MeetUp

Beat the heat: Bring a cooler bag with lots of water and sports drinks with electrolytes. You can also throw in a wet towel to put on your head/neck during game breaks. Alternatively, consider organizing a regular evening game of basketball with friends, when the temps go down. EPOCH’s full-size, regulation courts are fully-lit for evening games.

5. Outdoor Yoga 

Trust us; nothing feels better than doing a sun salutation while sitting in the sunshine. Practicing yoga outside is a great way to increase your strength and flexibility. Even better, it’s a wonderful chance to be mindful, breathe, and really take in the beauty of the summer.

Regularly practicing yoga can also lead to a better overall mental and physical health routine. To make this a season for focusing on total wellness, integrate outdoor yoga into your week, focus on clean eating, meditate, and remember time for self-care.

Beat the heat: EPOCH residents can take advantage of our outdoor yoga classes, then cool down with a tasty coconut bowl!   

Enjoy These Summer Workouts for College Students 

Working out can be refreshing, inspiring, and fun—especially when you shake off your routine and head outside. This summer, think beyond the gym and fitness classes on your laptop, and take advantage of all that Clemson has to offer. Whether you hit the beach, the basketball courts, or stretch outside, getting in shape will be more fun than ever before.