What could the summer bring?

As the craziness of this college semester comes to a close and the sparkle of  “down time” comes into view, I have nothing but ideas on ways to stay fit this summer. You see, it’s MUCH harder to get/stay in shape when you’re running around doing a million different things. And this doesn’t just apply to the college lifestyle, it can definitely apply to the working woman, stay-at-home moms and women doing various other things that keep them busy.

But there’s just something about the summer that inspires that extra push to get up a bit earlier and maybe even just stretch or take a jog.Just the thought of the wonderful weather and bright mornings summer will bring inspired me to create a “Summer Bucket List.” Now I don’t mean bucket list in the sense that I’ll die at the end of the summer (God forbid) but it means that if you live where I live, summer does come to an end at some point so the next three-four months of warmth are important to capitalize on!

I came up with about a list of twelve summer specific activities, here’s just a few of them:

  • Swimming: It is truly sad when you live in a coastal city, surrounded by beaches and with plenty of pools and lakes, to say that you haven’t gone swimming in years. And I honestly can’t even remember the last time I actually swam. I was probably in middle school. I’m in college now, eh, there’s the math. Although swimming is an intimidating spot for some, taking lessons and getting the hang of it can happen within a few short practice sessions. It’s also an incredibly toning activity. Your arms, legs, back and stomach all benefit. Cool water on a hot day? Yes please.
  • Early morning jogs: These can be the hard ones. Feeling the morning dew on your skin as you make your way through a few fresh aired jogging cycles can definitely be rewarding.  But waking up the crack of dawn when you don’t necessarily have to can be, can in itself be a challenge. Need to get over that lack of motivation? Plan your jogs ahead and try spreading out the days if it helps. Call it an even earlier night the night before and take a few minutes to stretch beforehand to ease your body into being active so early.
  • Attend some outdoor events: Music festivals, kite festivals, food festivals, you name it, I’m there. No better way to gain some healthy sun exposure while enjoying the company of nature, friends and whatever you’re favorite creative activities are.
  • Foreign-themed dance classes: A little random but why not. Belly dancing isn’t exactly family tradition but it’s a great way to move the body, experience new cultures and have fun. In most metropolitan areas various dance classes are open to the public for a small fee, but if you’re in a more remote area and can’t find anything close to you try popping in a good dance dvd and giving it a try for an hour or two!
  • Skateboarding: Yeah, that would be my reach goal. 🙂

Do you have any activities you’re itching to get into or back into this summer? Does summer inspire you to be more or less active? Feel free to share your thoughts!

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