5 fun ways to stay active this summer

5 fun ways to stay active this summer

by Elizabeth Jones
Stripes Europe

More often than not, the main reason people skip exercising is because they dread it. You may find it hard to wake up early to hit the gym. The thought of being out of breath and turning red doesn’t appeal to you. Or you feel like there isn’t enough time in the day. Whatever your reason, here are five fun and enjoyable ways to exercise this summer:

1. Swimming 
Hot summers call for nice, long dips in the pool. Play water sports, such as pool volleyball and pool basketball (don’t try dribbling). Try being interactive with your kids and participate in classic pool games. This is a great way to splash around, have fun and squeeze in some exercise.

2. Hiking
An easy way to break a sweat while having fun is to hike. Luckily, Europe has tons of hiking trails and mountains to explore. It is always safer and more fun to bring someone else along with you. You can go at your own pace and take in the beautiful surroundings Europe has to offer.

3. Walking
Summertime in Europe is perfect for traveling, festivals, events and more! Whether you’re staying local this summer or traveling, you can always get a workout by walking. If you’re staying nearby, look into local festivals and events happening this summer. You’ll be walking around and enjoying what your city has to offer. If you’re traveling to a different city or country, you’ll be walking from one tourist spot to the next. This form of exercise may be more appealing than running on the treadmill for an hour. However, make sure to bring your walking shoes to avoid painful blisters.

4. Biking
Has your bike been locked up on the side of your house for months? If so, break it out and take it for a spin. You can save gas (and money) by biking to work or the local grocery store if you’re picking up a few items. In the evening, ride with family or friends. As with hiking trails, Europe has a lot of bike friendly routes.

5. Play sports
It may be time to dust off those old soccer cleats. You can sign up with your local recreational league for whichever sport you want to play. If you don’t want to give too much time, you can play fun pick-up games such as basketball, soccer, baseball or whichever sport that you enjoy playing with family and friends. Plus, who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Theses pick-up games can be played in your backyard, local park or anywhere you have space to run around.

A great workout doesn’t mean you need to spend hours in the gym or that you need to be drenched in sweat. The important thing to remember is to remain active and to enjoy the type of exercise you’re doing. Now get up and get moving this summer with these fun exercise ideas!


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