During the warm summer months of Austin, there are so many fun activities you’ll want to take part in. Between picnicking at Zilker Park, watching over one million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge or checking out what’s blooming at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, there’s no shortage of summer fun in Austin.
But what about your workouts? Wouldn’t it be nice to have an efficient workout that you could quickly knock out? And even better — what if you had a yummy smoothie made with summer fruit to sip while you made your way from your workout to, say, the Wildflower Center? Well, you’re in luck!
Here are some quick summer workouts that you can do anywhere — no equipment needed — and delicious summer smoothie recipes!
All you need for this workout is the great outdoors and your phone. Download a free timer app like Interval Timer and set continual 30-second intervals for a total of 20 minutes. During the intervals, perform the following exercises:
Repeat the pattern above for 20 minutes (40 intervals) or as long as you’d like.
Mango has a ton of health benefits! One cup of fresh mango provides nearly 67% of the daily value for vitamin C as well as a good source of the minerals copper and folate. Mango is also packed with polyphenols, which are plant compounds that act as antioxidants to protect your body. This smoothie only has four ingredients but is big on flavor!
Place all the ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth.
Using the timer on your phone, set your intervals to one minute of work and 30 seconds of rest for four rounds, which totals six minutes. There are four exercises in the circuit. Do each exercise for one minute and then rest for 30 seconds before moving to the next exercise.
You can perform this circuit as many times as you like but at least three times is recommended.
Strawberries are always a popular choice for smoothies! They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving — about eight strawberries — provides more vitamin C than an orange.
Blend almond milk, banana, strawberries, yogurt, oats and almonds together in a blender until smooth.
No need to sacrifice your workouts for the sake of making time for summer fun! These quick workouts pack a big punch in a short amount of time. And knowing there’s a healthy smoothie waiting at the end of your workout is a great incentive to finish strong!
About the Author
Whitney Otstott is the owner of GirlPower Fitness, a private fitness studio in southwest Austin that’s just for women. Whitney has been in the fitness industry for more than 25 years, teaching numerous group fitness formats and offering personal training in a way that helps women get stronger and healthier in a nurturing and empowering environment. Learn more at https://girlpoweraustin.com/.