With spring in the air, and the last of winter melting away, most of us have warm weather on the brain. And with summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning those fun activities that get the entire family outdoors and into the spirit of the season. So, if you’re looking for fun, exciting ways to spend time with your family this summer, keep reading for a list of activities designed to keep your brood active, healthy and happy!
Want to have hilarious outdoor adventures with your family? Give rollerblading a try! This super-fun activity offers cardiovascular benefits that equal those of running, cycling and other intense workouts, but is also amusing, light-hearted and fun for individuals of all ages. Plus, rollerblading can promote balance, endurance and flexibility, and is a great way to introduce kids to sports like hockey, figure skating, etc. So if you’re interested in picking out some rollerblades for summer and getting in on the inline action, check out the following tips for beginners:
• Choose the right skate. In order to provide adequate ankle support, skates should fit snugly. If your skates feel a little loose in the ankle area, try a smaller size or tighten up the laces.
• Protect yourself. Every skater, no matter their skill level, should wear the proper protective gear when rollerblading. Helmets, plus pads for the knees and elbows, are absolute musts.
• Take baby steps. Rollerblading requires a great deal of balance. To build your way up to serious skating, lace up your skates and practice walking in grass or gravel.
• Once you feel comfortable enough to actually skate, look for a flat, smooth surface on which to practice turning, stopping, etc. Go slowly at first, then try your hand at picking up some speed.
Classic lawn games can be a great way to bring the family, and maybe even the whole neighborhood, together for some outdoor fun and excitement. To make the most of a beautiful day, consider getting your family and friends together for classic outdoor games like the ones listed below. For added fun, host a barbecue or potluck picnic, centered around some friendly competition.
• Lawn darts.
• Beanbag toss.
Camping can be a vigorous physical activity, especially when you add in hiking, swimming and other camping-related fun. And while taking the entire family on a camping excursion may seem like a lot of work, the rewards definitely outweigh the effort. Enhance your experience by keeping the following points in mind:
• When it comes to packing, less is more. Remember, your kids will have nature at their disposal, so leave the toys and electronics at home.
• Use rubber storage bins to tote your food, toiletries and other items.
• Don’t forget essentials like flashlights, bug spray, toilet paper, folding chairs, soap, sunscreen, a first aid kit, plates and cups, wet wipes, etc.
• In case of bad weather, bring along a few books, puzzles, or maybe even a board game.
• If possible, choose a spot near a lake, pool or other outdoor attraction. Don’t forget the swimsuits!
• Plan hikes and other activities during your camping trip. One great idea is a nature scavenger hunt. Make a list of things found in nature (e.g., acorns, bugs, specific types of leaves and rocks), and see if each member of your family can find one of each item.
• So as not to tempt the wildlife, never leave food or scraps outside the tent. Likewise for trash and personal items.
If you spend any time at all near the water, you’ve probably witnessed the latest trend in water sports. Stand-up paddle-boarding, also called stand-up surfing, is quickly becoming a favorite among water lovers of all ages. And with good reason! Paddle-boarding is a lot like surfing; but, as the name suggests, lovers of this sport glide through water with the use of paddles, and typically stick to calmer waters. Benefits include fun in the sun, improved balance, enhanced strength and more. Beginners should heed the following advice:
• When choosing a board and paddles, consult an expert. Factors like height, weight and fitness levels really come into play, so, instead of buying online or from a private seller, visit a reputable shop and make use of the sales staff.
• Before boarding in deep waters or waves, get plenty of practice in calm, shallow waters.
• Safety first! Life jackets are a must.
With the activities listed here, your family is all set for summer fun and excitement. Plus, by staying active, you’ll receive added benefits to health, as well as the advantage of family togetherness. Have fun, and play safe!