5 ways to channel your inner athlete this summer

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Whether you're heading home for the summer or staying put until the next semester begins, you're going to have plenty of free time on your hands until university starts. If you're looking to improve your fitness, this is a great opportunity to do so.

There are plenty of ways you can channel your inner athlete this summer, and we've put together this list to give you some inspiration. Whether you're a team player or prefer to go it alone, there's bound to be something that suits you perfectly.

Join a sports team

If you're looking to improve your fitness and would like to make some new friends in the process, joining a sports team is a great idea. Whether you enjoy playing football, rugby, netball or hockey, there are plenty of amateur teams up and down the country who are sure to have a space you can fill.

We would recommend using a website like PlayerWanted.co.uk, where teams can advertise if they're looking for a new player to join them. Filter these by your location, as well as the sport you would like to play, and you'll be presented with a list of all the places that will be happy to have you!

Get some coaching

If you're serious about getting fit or learning all there is to know about a new sport, you'll progress much quicker with the help of a coach. Whether you want to improve your cricket skills at Durham County Cricket Club, perfect your stroke with Edinburgh Golf Coaching, or practice your backhand at Northern Lawn Tennis Club, a mentor will be able to support you in any way you need.

There are many benefits to enlisting the help of a coach. Firstly, they'll make sure you have good form at all times, which will reduce your risk of injury. They'll also be able to give plenty of feedback on how you're doing, and will point you in the direction of teams or competitions you could join if you're interested.

Join a Park run

Running is one of the best exercises for improving your general fitness and burning calories, but running on a treadmill or taking the same local route can get boring after a while.

So, why not join a Park run in your area? Not only will this give you a change of scenery, but running alongside other people is bound to give you an extra boost of motivation, and help you run faster and further than you ever have before.

You can find a local run near you through Park run, which is an organisation that allows volunteers to set up their own events.

Head to the gym

If you've never joined a gym before, now's the time to do it! It's a one-stop-shop that will offer everything you need to improve your fitness. And, if your Liberty Living accommodation comes with its own gym, you won't even have to leave the building.

If you're daunted by the idea of going to the gym for the first time, HuffPost has some great exercise tips for beginners that will help. Among other things, they advise that you should start off slowly, take advantage of induction sessions, and stick to weight machines before you move on to free weights.

Compete in an obstacle course race

If you're interested in doing something that's a bit out of the box, why not compete in an obstacle course race with some of your friends? Companies like Total Warrior, X Runner, and Tough Mudder host fun but challenging events that will test your strength and resilience. When you get to the end, you'll feel like a champion and come away with some memories you couldn't make anywhere else.

If you would like to improve your fitness this summer, give any of these ideas a go. When next semester rolls around, you'll be happier, healthier, and ready to begin the year on the right foot.