Ways to Stay Active and Fit During the Summer

Ways to Stay Active and Fit During the Summer

Johnny Watley, the fitness coordinator for the UCO wellness center, demonstrates how to deflect an attack during a self defense class. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.

During the summer, students can agree that staying inside when it is over 100 degrees while binge watching your favorite shows or movies sounds like a great day. People post on social media about how they want the perfect summer body, but they aren’t active enough to get tone, lean, or fit.

There are numerous places around Edmond where staying active is not only wishful thinking, but could be a positive summer lifestyle.

Walking is one of the best and safest exercises you can do during the summer. Walking trails, like the one in Hafer Park, could help you burn over 100 calories for the day and could be an excuse to even walk your dog.

UCO Alumni Tyler Mette has spent his summers, while in Edmond, devoted to working out and staying healthy. Mette says, “Staying healthy over the summer not only gives you a fit body, but also prepares your mind for the fall semester.”

Dipping into a pool is both an enjoyable time with friends and another great workout. This workout is great for burning hundreds of calories by the hour and working essentially every muscle in your body.

For those who might not like the great outdoors, the UCO Wellness Center is another way to get fit. The Wellness Center is open over the summer from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.

Students can get a full work out with numerous stations throughout the Wellness.  It also has an indoor track to walk or run on and a basketball court to play pick up with friends. Students can also get help from the Wellness staff for personal training or to get questions answered about health and fitness topics.

Exercising is not the only way to become healthier over the summer. Eating fruits and vegetables for snacks and with daily meals can boost energy and help with toning your summer body.

“Working out is good but getting the right nutrients into your body is what will ultimately make you healthy”, Mette said. Mette works for a company, Profile by Sandford, that helps with weight loss and creates healthy eating plans people.

Drinking lots of water is also beneficial for your diet and for those hot summer days. Substituting fast food for healthy foods over the break could be challenging but the reward of staying fit and healthy will come in handy once intramural leagues begin come fall semester.

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