Best Summer Cardio Activities

June 27, 2022

Now that it is officially summertime in Chicago, it is time to be outside! Remember, the best investment that you could ever make is into your own body. In this month’s blog, I want to share the best summer activities for cardio.  It is important to find activities that you like. The activities that you enjoy will be the summer activities that will be beneficial for you. Here is a list of some activities that you might enjoy.





Grab your hiking shoes and try those forest or lakeside paths.

I find it naturally easier to walk or run more in the beautiful sun. Soak in every second of those rays. This is one of the greatest free things you can do. Hiking doesn’t have to a crazy thing. Simply, a walk in a park can be considered a hike.





Ride a bike.

Nothing is better than the wind blowing off your face and into your hair. With biking, you are able to travel longer in less time. Perhaps start doing your errands or meeting friends with your bike instead of driving or walking. There is something about the high from moving faster and feeling the natural wind.






Join a volleyball league.

This is one of the best summer activities in Chicago. You are in the sun by the water, and you can naturally feel those endorphins explode out of your body. This is a good sweat, and you can jump and fall, and most likely feel fine.






This activity is one for the upper body but is still considered cardio because your heart will pump. Paddleboarding gives a lot of vitamin D from the sun while keeping you active. Don’t underestimate the weight of swinging a paddle around! If you get too hot, you can splash some water around.




Take a swim.

Is being wet considered cardio? YES! Anything that gets your heart going is a cardio activity! Swimming offers a full body workout, proving great for your heart’s health and upper body area, especially focusing on the back, shoulder and arms muscle groups. Increase the number of laps you do daily to set yourself a target whilst increasing your fitness. You can even use swimming as a warmup exercise if you want to do weight training on your upper body.



The Author

Carlo Varquez, M.S.

I believe in the practice of preventative health. The only way to combat chronic diseases is through preventative action such as exercise and diet. My health and wellness career started within myself. After being an active person in high school through sports, my fitness dropped entering college. I gained unhealthy habits that lead to weight gain. To prevent any complications, I made some time to be active again by picking up weight lifting. Through that, I found myself wanting to help others before it was too late for them. As I gained my masters degree, I interned at the Cardiac Rehabilitation department at Advocate Lutheran General. I saw firsthand what cardiovascular disease can do, and what the action plan is to help those people return back to their daily routine. The time to make change is now, but it doesn’t need to be done alone. The science behind exercise is a powerful tool that is often overlooked. I want to motivate and increase self-efficacy to help others achieve their goals.

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