Summer's Here!! Fun Active Ideas for the Whole Family

Summer is finally here and it's the perfect season to spend time being active.  There are so many ways to get physical activity that you can do while soaking up the sun.  Children and adolescents need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.  Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.  Let the nice weather help you to reach your goals!

Find a national park or a local park near you. 

Check for local hiking trails near your home.  Take the family for an outdoor adventure with nature.  Explore the trail and see what you can find along the way.  Take a healthy Popcorn Trail Mix along as a snack for when you get hungry.

Biking is a great way to explore the area around you and it's a great workout.  Take the whole family and ride around the town or through a local park.

Enjoy the weather and check out new places.  Go as a family and if you have a pet bring them too!  Have a picnic or take snacks for a treat after a long walk.  Great picnic or snack ideas are MyPlate Hamwiches or MyPlate Wraps as they are quick grab and go meals!  Make sure to keep them in a cooler or have ice packs on hand to keep them from getting too warm and spoiling.

Go to the local pool and play or swim some laps.  Swimming is a good workout and a great way to cool down in the hot summer sun.  If you don't have a pool nearby you can use a sprinkler to jump through instead.

Play soccer, basketball, baseball, kickball, or any other backyard games you can think of.  Grab your friends and family, make teams and be active!

What is your favorite way to be active outside during the summer?

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