The sun is out, the air is calm, the birds are buzzing and the fresh scent of grass is wafting through the air, it’s summertime baby and it’s time to get outside and active. Shorts, tees, tanks and flip flops are summer staples and reusable water bottles, and great music makes the vibe of the summer strike up a notch.
Do you have your old favs that you do each summer like cornhole and patio sitting? Maybe horseshoes or tennis? Let’s add in 6 outdoor activities to try this summer that you have not before. For me, it is time to create a bucket list of summer fun and do things I have not done before or have done and should do more of.
New is fun, summer is a great time to push those activity limits to the sky! Lavishly live the summer time out loud and get into new outdoor activities that let you even indulge in the beautiful summer weather more!
SPORTS, ACTIVITIES AND INDULGING IN SUMMER
I personally look at summer as a giant bucket list of things to do. I consider each day a gift and a challenge, wondering what can I get into today? While planting flowers and pulling weeds seem like a normal way to spend summer days, they are not the outdoor activities I am referring to for trying out new skills and finding new passions. If you do what you always do, there is no challenge, no change, nothing fun left in the tank, rather take on some new things you never thought you would conquer and have a blast with it.
I bet when you read the word ‘Intramurals’ you automatically thought high school and college kids, but this is not the case. Did you know that communities, towns, companies, and churches organize intramural sports so that like-minded people can come together and play their favorite sports?
Get in touch with your former self, the good old college days by kicking around the soccer ball or try something new like Quidditch. Are you ready to play on a team but don’t know where to look to find one in your community? Try a site that I found called Meetup. At Meetup, you will be able to find a group of people who also love doing what you love to do. Do you need a tennis buddy or a basketball team? You can even find out if the company you work for offers a league of some sort of sport.
Chances are since you have not been playing this sport you will not have the equipment you need in order to play, so you can ask the admin on the team or the team captain what you need. Don’t forget to ask if they will provide the equipment or if you need to supply your own. As I mentioned before, it is doubtful you kept your old equipment so, start hunting online. Playing baseball and need a new glove? Check out the baseball gloves I have found here. Perhaps you need a selection of cleats? Cleats are needed for baseball, soccer, football, and golf, so you might need more than one pair.
Keep cool and stay in shape by participating in a water sport. There are a lot of community pools and gym pools that sign just for the summer. Did you know that often these pools have communities that compete? Adults that want to compete, or join into swim groups can too!
Of course, you could also challenge yourself by taking professional lessons so you can beat your time, or join a water polo team.
A few years back I had plantar fasciitis so bad that the only thing I could do was swim and because my joint were also sensitive, I tried out water aerobics. This sport raises your heart rate, increases lung capacity and works out your muscles without stressing your sensitive joints.
Who’s ready for a little downward dog? Work up a sweat without hitting the hot yoga studio with an outdoor yoga session. Have you ever seen an outdoor Yoga session? I love seeing this in Oakland (Pittsburgh) it is such a great way to meet people and enjoy the outdoors all at once.
Meetup groups and fitness centers alike offer outdoor yoga classes so you can perform this restorative exercise in the sunshine. Soak up the rays during your Sun Salutation pose and feel the cool earth in your Savasana pose. Yoga festivals break out across the nation during the warm summer months, so get your yoga mat (affiliate) ready for some fun times in the sun.
Beach volleyball is the quintessential sport of the summer. My favorite time of year is when we head to our summer family picnic and the volleyball game begins. It’s about fun, a light bit of trash talking (haha) and lots of exercises.
Whether you live by the beach, the lake or a sand volleyball court, beach volleyball is a fun full body workout. Beach volleyball engages all the major muscle groups including your core, back, quads, calves, shoulders and arms. If you love working out a sweat outdoors, join or form a volleyball team to make the most of the summer sun.
It’s time to talk cleats and clubs and of course golf fashion. I am all about the pink when it comes to golf, but there are so many fun styles. Take those dust covers off your golf clubs and get ready to DRIVE those golf balls. From driving to miniature golf to playing 9 & 18 holes, it is all about watching that little white ball sail into the air and right to where you want it, “Schwing’ is all I can say!
Nothing beats the sight of a blue sky meeting the lush green lawn of the range. Golfing is a fun and relaxing game to play with friends. Spend a day out on the course taking leisurely nine rounds or get competitive with whopping eighteen rounds of golf.
Backpacking is much like hiking, except you hike for days at a time and stay overnight. If you love to hike nearby trails during the summer months, consider taking a backpacking trip. The U.S. has some of the most breathtaking national parks in the world so don’t miss out on your chance to see the majestic scenery the U.S. has to offer.
Consult a professional at an outdoor sports store like REI and get the best gear for you. Research where you’d like to go, ask questions, and obtain any of the proper permits so you’ll be fully prepared for the big trip. Always remember to bring a friend or join a group so you can stay safe and have fun.
Summer is the best time of year to get out and get moving. Try something new and get in shape by getting involved in one of these activities this summer.