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Fourth of July Workout Ideas

4 For the Fourth: Independence Day Workout Ideas

Just because it's a holiday doesn't mean you should skip your workout! Whether you're hosting a neighborhood potluck or hitting the beach all day, here's how you can fit in some exercise on Independence Day.

  1. Start your day right: If you know you'll have a jam-packed schedule of eating, drinking, and lounging tomorrow, make crossing off your workout your top priority in the morning. Take advantage of the holiday and grab some friends to catch up with or wake up early to get in a morning run before the crowds. You'll feel great for the rest of the day knowing that you still accomplished your workout and started off your day of celebrating on the right foot.
  2. In the kitchen: Chopping, cooking, and prepping your barbecue fare can be a great workout for your arms, but for even more of a workout, add some lower-body moves to your cooking to burn even more calories. Do one of these basic lower-body exercises (like squats, lunges, and deadlifts) while you're waiting for the water to boil, and finish with these stretches you can do in your kitchen.
  3. Schedule it: It's the Fourth, and you've got one thing on your mind — how to get to a beach, stat. Between tanning and gossiping, make sure you schedule in some time to enjoy the sand and surf while being active. A casual swim in the ocean or renting a kayak for an hour or two can break up your day and also make sure you're not sedentary for hours on end. Learn just how many calories you're burning when you do water sports here.
  4. Wind down: If you're feeling stuffed after your barbecue, gather your friends and family for a walk around the block or to catch the fireworks, or go on a bike ride before the sun sets. The light exercise will help you feel less bloated and can help you get a good night's sleep so you can wake up ready to continue your workweek.
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