While running is one of the most accessible – and cheap! – forms of exercise and is only growing in popularity, not everyone is a runner. Some people love it and some people loathe it. It’s a great form of exercise, but pushing yourself to do something you don’t enjoy is not going to result in a sustainable healthy habit.

As summer starts to show its face, many of you may be wanting to take up some outdoor activities so you can make the most of the sunshine and get your daily dose of exercise. But while running may be the first thing that springs to mind – it’s not the only thing you can do!

Yoga or T’ai Chi
Many classes head outdoors when the weather warms up, so why not see what’s available in your local area? If you’re not usually into group classes, this could be a great way in as outdoor classes don’t have the claustrophobia of indoor classes and everyone’s mood is improved by the sun on their faces.

Gardening
While not an exercise in the traditional sense, gardening is a great work out. Digging and weeding, carrying pots and mowing the lawn are all good ways to move your body and you’ll have the satisfaction of a job well done at the end of the day. Be sure to take your time and consider how to do things before you do them as rushing can lead to you tweaking your back. Remember to stretch, to always lift from the knees and to stop if you feel any pain or discomfort.

Sports
Lots of parks have courts for tennis, netball or football, so gather a group of friends and have a game! If you can’t get together enough people to create two teams, you can always have shorter, swifter games with fewer people. You could even by pass the courts altogether and go for a fast and furious frisbee match!

However you enjoy the summer this year (however short-lived it may be!), make sure to get outside!