Summer means you have a lot of extra time on your hands...or that you're busier than ever going to lots of cheer camps and practices. Either way, it's a great opportunity to devote some time to exercise before you're back in the classroom. We talked a lot about summer fitness on the blog in July, so take these five tips with you into August to guarantee you'll make the most of your summer vacation and be ready to get down to business in the fall:

  1. Take your workout outside. It's more fun than being confined to a gym, and it's good for youscience says so. You have so many exercise options to choose from in the great outdoors, and you'll get plenty of Vitamin D while doing them!

  2. We've got a few tips to help you make the most of your time sweating it out in nature. Number one is to get out there and try it. Go!

  3. There is no offseason. Take these stretches to the beach with you to keep improving your skills and fitness even while on vacation. And maybe even get your Zen on with some yoga to work on your flexibility and strength even more. Then reward yourself with a dip in the ocean or a nap on the beach.

  4. By now you are hopefully planning on taking your next workout outside, so we have a suggestion for you: Take it to the pool. Pool workouts are a great way to get a good workout in while giving your body a break from high-impact activity. Warning: these exercises may take place in a swimming pool, but they are not an easy workout. (Remember the whole no offseason thing?)

  5. No pain, no gainexcept for this one summer workout. It sounds too good to be true, but there is a way to work your body enough to wake up the next day sore in muscles you didn't know you had, all while you're blissfully unaware that you are actually working that hard.

What have you been doing to improve your fitness this summer?