Summer brings warm weather, blue skies and lots of sunshine. And with many kids on break from school, the summer months offer infinite opportunities for families to get moving.
People are more active in the summer because they’re doing things like yard work, washing cars and playing outside with their kids. Commitment to fitness is more likely to slip during vacations when you’re more likely to lie by the pool than swim in the pool.
Never fear, if you’re committed to staying fit as a family, squeezing physical activity into your itinerary will be seamless. Keep your kids off the couch and get your whole family moving with these eight summertime fitness ideas:
No matter which summer activities you choose, it’s important to be aware of potential pitfalls. Exercising in the heat and humidity can be especially problematic, since it raises the risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Even just spending time in the sunshine comes with caveats including sunburn and increased risk of skin cancer. So be summer smart.
Remember: Wear sunscreen, cover up with a broad-brimmed hat and be sure to stay hydrated during the summer months. Equally important, encourage your kids to engage in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes most days. That way when school starts up again they’ll be ready to jump right in.