We always think of summer as the perfect time to go on adventures, but let’s be real—we often end up just laying out in the sun or even sitting home on our laptops. How can you make sure you actually stay active during the summer months? Check out these effortless suggestions below.
Explore new places.
One of the best parts about summer is that the nice weather opens up plenty of options for fun activities. This is the perfect time to scope out new cities, parks, or landmarks. You’ll be doing a lot of walking, but that’s going to be the last thing on your mind when there are so many cool things to see and do.
Head outdoors on your lunch break.
If you’ve got a job or internship that requires you to sit at a desk all day long, you probably don’t really even think about getting up and walking around. You might even take your lunch break right at your desk! Try taking your break outdoors instead. This gives you an excuse to get up and moving. And once you’re done eating, how about walking a few laps around your office?
Ride your bike.
Since the weather permits, how about taking your bike instead of your car whenever you’re heading somewhere local? Those miles on the bike add up fast!
Find local trails.
Possibly the easiest—and most suggested—way to stay active is by taking regular walks. Walking through your neighborhood day after day can get old, though. Hiking trails are not only a great way to stay active, but they also give you a change of scenery and all the benefits of being in nature. Check out this site and find some trails near you!
Participate in summer sports.
If you’re the sporty type, this one is a given! Get your hands on a little bit of friendly competition—from beach volleyball to pick-up games on the basketball court.
Look up local street fairs and festivals.
Your first instinct on a summer weekend might be to lay out on the beach and catch some sun, but there are other fun options that can keep you on your feet all day long without even thinking about it. Look up local events in your area and search for things like street fairs, or anything else that involves walking around. Getting in your 10,000 steps per day will be easy!
Head to the pool.
The pool isn’t just a great place to lay out and cool off from the heat, it’s actually a really healthy way to exercise. Make it a point to actually swim some laps whenever you head to the pool this summer—rather than just taking a quick dip or laying out on a raft.
What are you doing this summer to stay active? Share your ideas in the comments below!