3 Fun and Healthy Family Activities for Summer
By Genevieve Cunningham
One of the best parts about summer is that we get to spend a lot of time with our families. From vacations to lazy beach days to movie nights, spending time with family is a perk that we don't want to miss. But we also don't want to miss the opportunity to improve our health. So how can we find time for both? Before summer officially arrives, take a look at these fun activities that are great for the family and your health too.
When is the last time you spent a day at the zoo? This is a great activity for families. But if you don't remember, it's also an incredible workout. Why? Because you will be on your feet all day long. You'll be walking miles and miles around the zoo of your choice. And if you have little ones, you may also be pushing 50 pounds worth of stroller. A zoo may not feel like much of a workout, but by the day’s end, you'll be sweating, sore, and ready for a rest from your fun but challenging day.
Swimming is a phenomenal workout. It works the muscles, enhances stamina, and it feels incredible. After a day spent in the swimming pool, you will be utterly exhausted. And while this is a great workout, it's also a great way to spend the day with your family. It's a blast! Everyone will be spent by the time the day is over, so you can get in a great workout, head home, and everyone can get the rest that they need in a little peace and quiet.
Hiking is a great family activity. If your family is a bit older, then you can choose a challenging trail. If you have a younger group, then choose a beginner trail. Hiking means that you get in a long beautiful walk in nature. But your walk will be more challenging than if it were on a sidewalk or down the road. This is great exercise, and it may also instill a love of nature and movement into your children. What more could you ask for than an exercise that brings all of this good into everyone's lives?
You don't want to miss out on family time, but you don't want to miss out on your exercise time either. With summer upon us, why not do both at the same time? Use these great family activities as a way to get fit and spend time together. You may find that doing these together brings you all closer and instills a common passion for the family to enjoy for years.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Livermore, Calif.