School’s out, which for some means a lot of extra time. Time can be spent on family vacations, lounging around by the pool, trips to the beach, or summer camps. Why not spend some of that extra time being active? Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, soak up some sun (with sunscreen!) and set some exercise goals. You may find that 60 minutes of exercise daily is easy to do once you find some fun activities that you enjoy.

Here are some fun ways to stay active this summer:


1. Go on a family hike

With nice weather, a hike in the mountains or in the woods can be a perfect way to get some exercise AND get in some quality family time. Look online to find some good hiking spots in your area, and plan a trip!


2. Plan a beach day

If you live near the coast, a day at the beach can be the perfect way to spend a summer day. Take a walk by the water, play and run around in the waves, or play some paddle ball on the sand. You’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even realize that you’re burning so many calories!


3. Find a pool

If you don’t live near the ocean or have a pool, find your nearest neighborhood public pool. Cool off as you swim laps in the pool and play pool volleyball with some friends!


4. Have a friendly water fight

Buy some cheap water bottles at dollar store and chase each other around the back yard. See who gets the most wet!


5. Take a new class

Go to a local community center and see what summer classes they’re offering. Try something new, like a yoga, Zumba or kickboxing class. Maybe one of your parents will want to take one with you!


6. Spend a day at the park

Go with your family to a local park. Find a picnic bench or a shady spot to set down a blanket to set up camp. Pack healthy snacks and plenty of water. Bring a frisbee, some paddles or badminton and play for at least one hour. Cool off and recharge with some water, fresh fruit and cut up veggies with hummus. Then go back and play some more!


There are endless options to stay active this summer. Get creative and plan a fun activity every day that will keep you cooled off and keep you moving!

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