It’s called summer vacation for a reason, right? Technically when school is out, you’re on a two-month long vacation. You would think that being summer and all, you would be more active than usual. But, between catching up on your Netflix queue, sleeping in every day, and hanging out with your friends and lounging outside, everyone seems to get in a bit of a workout slump during summer vacay.
If schools out, you want to hang out with your friends and have fun, not worry about burning calories or making sure you don’t miss a run. But, what if we told you that you can have a social life, AND stay in shape this summer. There are tons of activities to ensure you have the best of BOTH worlds this summer. We put together a list of fun activities you can do with your friend this summer to stay in shape, and we promise that when you are done it won’t even feel like a workout!
Organize A Volleyball Game
Hanging out with your friends doesn’t mean you have to lounge in the house. You can score cool points with your friends and burn a few calories by organizing a massive volleyball game. Create an event on Facebook, or send out E-Invites, and let everyone know what park you will be playing at. If no parks in your area have a volleyball net, you can pick one up pretty cheap at the store, or even get creative and hang sheets over a clothesline.
American Ninja Warrior is all the rage these days, and obstacle courses are popping up all over at parks and gyms. Obviously, you don’t need to be as hardcore as the ninjas on TV, but creating a fun obstacle course at home is a great workout and a great way to bond with your friends. You can time each other and turn it into a competition.
The next time one of your pals want to make plans, instead of the usual movies or mall trip, suggest meeting up at a hiking trail. Not only will you save a ton of money, but you can gossip uninterrupted, and don’t have to worry about fighting the urge for that large extra buttery popcorn.
Obviously, we don’t recommend participating in a paintball tournament if you are inexperienced and aren’t wearing the proper safety equipment. But, if you have a paintball gun and/or an eager little brother that is willing to show you the ropes, you might be surprised by how much fun it is. And, you also might be surprised by how exhausted you are when you get home because of all of the calories you just burnt running around diving for safety all afternoon.
The next time you go to the pool or beach with your friends…actually, get in the water. Laying around and showing off your new bathing suit is cool and all, but you would be surprised how much fun actually getting in the water is, and swimming is one of the most powerful aerobic exercises out there. Don’t be too cool to get in the pool, hop in and do a few laps, or even bring along a beach ball and convince your friends to join you and play a game.
Have no rhythm and never danced a day in your life? No problem! There are beginners classes for a reason, everyone is a beginner at one point. Dancing is a proven mood booster and great cardio! This summer ask your BFF’s to sign up for a dance class with you. Pick something fun like hip-hop, and you might even be able to show off your new moves at a party this summer.
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER GREAT TIPS FOR HOW TO STAY ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER? SHARE THEM IN THE COMMENTS!
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