Are sweaty summer workouts leaving you flailing on dry land like a fish out of water? Water sports are the answer here, friends. This week's Around the Web is exploring a few refreshing options for those looking to beat the heat while they're trimming that physique. Marco!
Need some motivation to hit the pool? Men's Health writer Jim Thornton joined Olympic contender Ryan Lochte to observe the athlete's training in action, and the result mirrors the success that is sure to follow this guy in London. This compelling piece not only serves as an introduction to Michael Phelps's biggest competition but is also a surefire kick in the butt for anyone who has been logging too many hours on the couch in the A.C. Lochte's vigorous routine proves that hard work and dedication can guide any of us toward our fitness goals.
If you're anything like us, you've been dying to try stand-up paddleboarding for years now. Sure, we can't all give it a go at a celeb hotspot in Anguilla, but WSJ's Charles Bethea can, and he'll draw a few laughs while he's at it. Whether you're considering taking a class in this fair weather fitness craze or simply in the mood for some lighthearted fun, this article makes for a great beach read. We love that Bethea isn't sugarcoating how tough this activity can be, properly gearing up readers for the challenge they'll face if they try SUP. Hey, if you're nervous, you could always follow suit and have the lure of booze beckoning to you from the shore.
Some of us have no trouble exercising alone – and some need a little competition to rev their fitness mojo. In the latter case, a series of laps up and down the club pool are going to get boring pretty quickly. No need to subject yourself to that monotony; get those endorphins flowing in all all-out open water race, instead! You'll need to be prepared for the change in conditons, though, and that's where Fit Sugar comes in. So, what's the most important of their tips to remember? It's a simple one: Stay calm. You may think you're fit and fast enough to shun fear, but if it's your first try then there's a reasonable chance that you may panic a bit. Change in water temperature, the proximity of others and just the mere fact that you can't hang by the ladder if you need a break can rile up a bit of anxiety. Buy the right gear and familiarize yourself with the route for smooth swimming.