We’re now well into summer and I hope you’re having as much fun as I am. To help you take full advantage of the rest of the summer I talked to the qualified exercise professionals at the Physical Activity Line and together we created a bucket list of activities that we wanted to share. Think you can cross ‘em all off by September? I’m sure gonna try.
- Go star watching. For children this might mean staying up a bit later, but will be quite the magical experience. Ideally, you want to be on hill or other elevated area with little light around. If you’re hiking or biking remember to bring your lights and reflective clothing for your journey back down the hill. Start by locating easy constellations (e.g., the Big Dipper, the Northern Star).
- Learn to play a racket sport. Badminton is a great backyard activity; no net, not worries, we used the clothesline when I was growing up. Tennis anyone?? Seek out a local community court, they’re free and often close to a park for a post game picnic. If the sun gets too hot to play outside, take your racket sport inside and try your hand at Ping-Pong...Yup that’s right a game of Ping-Pong (also called table tennis) is a great source of physical activity, and it’s FUN!!
- Make your own trail mix and go hiking. Visit the bulk section of a grocery store and create your own personal snack; try unsalted nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Then hit a local trail with your healthy snack in hand and plenty of water to keep hydrated.
- Have a beach day. Build a sand castle, play some Frisbee, or beach volleyball (a string attached to two sticks makes an impromptu net), and don’t forget to read our water activity blog for more ideas!
Need any extra motivation, or ideas about how to get the whole family out being active together? Give the Physical Activity Line (8-1-1) a call and we’ll help you and your kids plan something fun.
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