8 Summer Exercises Disguised as Fun
July 15th, 2013 posted by Cindy Rowe
The best kind of workout is a one that doesn’t feel like you’re exercising at all. When you are having a good time, you are happy and thus, enjoying what you are doing. So how can it be called exercise? We’ve put together a list of some fun ways to squeeze that enjoyable exercise into your routine!
1. Swimming - get off that beach chair and join the kids in the water. Swim around, play catch in the water, jump waves, float around…it all counts! If you are able to jump into a pool and swim some laps, you will enjoy a great cardio workout that is easy on the joints.
2. Walking - do you have plans to visit the zoo or perhaps a theme park this summer? Get yourself an inexpensive pedometer and watch those calories walk away. Just be certain not to fill up on the high-calorie tempting treats these attractions like to sell (consider packing a picnic–healthy and more fun!). Or, if those places aren’t in the budget, find a local forest preserve, park or trail and take the family on a nature hike. Don’t forget about the family dog! Fido makes a great exercise partner.
3. Outdoor Activities – this could be many different things, but one thing is for sure–you will not only burn calories, but you will make memories, too. Think about playing Frisbee or jumping rope. You could even round up a few extra neighbors and get a baseball or kickball game going, too. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
4. Dance – rainy days are the perfect opportunity to crank up the music and dance! We often have Friday night dance parties at our house, and everyone gets into the fun!
5. Electronic Games -do you have a game counsel at home? Have you ever tried the dance games or exercise games? If you don’t own one, see if you can borrow one from a friend. Check with local game stores to see if they have them available for rent. This is a great way to get active with your kids, break a sweat and have fun! Every time we play the dance game, we are all very sweaty (and usually rolling around on the floor laughing!).
6. Biking – One of our summer family fun activities is to take our bikes to a local bike path. The change of scenery is always nice! Biking without your family can be great, too. Try to find a route with rolling hills, not only challenging but thrilling!
7. Outdoor Chores – bet you didn’t think about it, but it’s true. We’ve put together several different ways to make cleaning up the yard fun.
8. Get adventurous! Check out this post for 7 Summer Workouts that are Fun (and a little extreme!)
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Most importantly, get moving and stay moving!