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Adding fitness into your summer outings

Everyone loves being outside during the summer. Besides being able to get some fresh air and vitamin D, it’s a great way to sneak in a little fitness. I’m not talking about parking your car further away from the store or taking the stairs, I’m talking about fun ways to get everyone in your family or group of friends fit this summer.

Amusement Parks.  It might not be the first thing you think of when you want to add fitness to your day, but amusement parks are actually a great choice for an active summer outing. You’re walking all day long and some parks have batting cages, water slides and other active games. Just go easy on the fried dough.

Bike Share. Spend the day sightseeing in a new city, but skip the subway and bus rides. Opt to take part in a bike share program. Boston, New York City, Denver, Miami and Washington, D.C. all have their own programs where you can rent a bike for the entire day for under $10.

Rainy Day Cleaning.  Just because it’s raining out, it doesn’t mean you have to sit on the couch watching movies all day. Take a break from your Netflix marathon, put on some music and scrub down your kitchen and bathroom floors. You’ll be surprised by how many calories you burned.

Summer BBQs. You’ll probably attend a lot of BBQs this summer. Don’t forget the active toys like a waffle ball and bat, frisbee, basketball and football.  Playing games is a fun alternative to sitting around and drinking beer all day. Plus it’ll keep the kids entertained!

Swimming.  Summer isn’t complete without a few trips to the beach. Make your trip an active one by swimming a few laps in the ocean. If you’re feeling really ambitious, bring your running shoes and run a few miles in the sand (in appropriate clothing of course).

Beach or Backyard Volleyball. Volleyball is a fun way to work lunges, jumps, and squats into your day.  You don’t have to be at the beach to play either. Set up a net in your own backyard and invite your neighbors over for a friendly game.

Surfing. While you’re at the beach, why not sign up for a surfing lesson? Surfing is an amazing total-body workout that also challenges your flexibility, balance and coordination.

Kayaking. Most people think of kayaking as a fall activity, but why not get out there while the water is warm? Kayaking is a great upper-body workout and a beautiful way to take in the surrounding views of nature.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing