One of the best part about summer is the variety of activities available no matter which part of the world you live in. Summer is also the perfect time to have fun times with the kids, since they are likely to be on holiday from school. So, whether you are planning a road trip, going to the cottage, resort, or just spend some quality time with loved ones at home, there are plenty of enjoyable activities to keep your mind clear and shed a few extra pounds. By combining fun with exercise, it becomes much easier to get in shape and stay fit not just during the summer, but for the rest of the year.
So, if you want to appreciate the fresh air and summer breeze without spending the days locked indoors or behind a screen, then here are some summer fun activities that can help you stay fit.
Fun Water Activities
Outdoor water fun is definitely one of the most popular activities during the summer months. In addition to the fun, it is a great way to beat the heat. Depending on the activity you enjoy most, it can be an inexpensive way to get jump-start your summer fun, and whole families can participate too. The most basic way to enjoy water in the summer is to find a pool and go swimming. Not a swimmer? Then enroll in water aerobics classes, or use a kickboard to navigate the pool. Other super fun water sports includes jet skiing; water skiing; rafting; canoeing and kayaking. No matter which water activity you choose to engage in, make it fun and don’t forget to make safety a priority.
If you leave in a quiet neighborhood with level streets, you can enjoy rollerblading, or inline skating on any warm summer evening. However, If you don’t have that kind of skate-friendly surroundings, you can go to the nearest track or park, where you may even be able to ride with friends to make it more fun, and it won’t feel so much like exercise. Remember to ride carefully and wear protective gears such as helmet and pads for optimal safety and comfort.
If you like horseback riding, or you have been dreaming of climbing on the back of a horse, there is no better time to enjoy this activity than in the summer. All you need is a stable where you can pay for rides. If you don’t know any stable, a quick Google search can show you the nearest place to get some horseback riding lessons. No matter how you choose to get on a horse, it’s a fun activity that can strengthen core muscles and burn calories. Just make sure you stick with your experience level, have a guide with you, and follow all instructions carefully.
Yard and Lawn Games
Whether it’s Frisbee or horseshoes, lawn games are a time-honored way for people to get some exercise without actually exercising. You might even be able to get some of your neighbors involved in a friendly competition. Here are some of the more popular lawn and yard games that can get you and your friends moving outdoors: Frisbee, horseshoes, badminton, croquet, and trampoline.
Summer sports like baseball, biking, tennis, jogging, soccer, and volleyball are fun for all ages. You don’t have to join a fitness club or become a member of any team; you can just play these sports for fun at your local ballpark or recreational center. If you’ve never done any summer sports before, make this the year you learn; so you should try to take advantage of the nice weather and check out the nearest recreational center to learn a new activity while getting fit.
Gardening and Yard Work
Do you normally hire someone to do your yard work? How about gardening – if you don’t have a garden, why not start one this year? These summer activities can really burn some calories and strengthen your muscles. Digging, mowing, trimming, hoeing and so forth all provide a decent workout. In addition you and your family can enjoy fresh homegrown vegetables and herbs all summer long. There are many easy-to-grow varieties can be sown throughout the growing season, and you can be sure that you are getting an abundance of nutrients to keep you fit and healthy.
This summer, why not work fitness into your vacation? A fitness vacation is a time away from home that focuses on physical activity – hiking, biking, camping, fishing, rock climbing, tennis, badminton, as well as yoga. There is some fun and challenging physical activity scheduled into every day of your trip. This may mean that you come home more fit than when you left! You can also try a getaway fitness retreats – these are all-inclusive fitness vacations that combines intensive structured fitness with healthy meals and nutritional education. So, If you love travel and outdoors, meeting new people and value a healthy lifestyle, then this type of adventure is sure going to make your summer a memorable one.
Summer is a great time to get a little healthier with good food, exercise and fun activities. While the summer may offer you some more flexibility and allow ample time to catch up on much-needed sleep, you can also use the extra time to jump-start a fitness program, enjoy outdoors activities with friends, or volunteer in a local soup kitchen. Whatever you chose to do, remember to keep it safe and fun.