20 Jul 2014

5 Ways to Stay Active in the Summer

Summer. When the sun shines bright and strong. When hot days merge into long, sunny evenings. Summer, a time to shake off the lingering shackles of a long-forgotten winter. To revive, to rejuvenate and to reconnect as a family. To step outdoors and bond over a picnic in the park. Or a barbecue. Or a beach holiday. And to gel together as a family unit in the pursuit of some serious physical activity. To partake in the sweat, the exhilaration, the rush of adrenaline that only it can bring.

We are a small family of three, the little one is only just starting out at school. That does not dampen the fierce competitive streak in any of us. Nor are we lacking in enthusiasm when it comes to some fun in the sun. Here are five ways we love to stay active through the warm summer months.

Cycle
J was got a balance bike last Christmas. And a little helmet to keep him safe. There has been no stopping him since. He loves zooming along on his little red and yellow bike, taking long, confident strides as he covers large distances with ease. We have reached the stage where the parents are contemplating following him on their own bikes rather than jogging alongside him.

5 Ways to Stay Active in the Summer

Swim

There can be no better way to stay active in the hot summer months than a splash in the pool. I love a good swim, always have. I am glad that my son does as well. We often head to our local swimming baths for a family fun session where the parents take turns to swim laps, while the little one hones his technique with the help of a float or two.

5 Ways to Stay Active in the Summer

Climb

Our J loves to climb. So much, that I have dedicated an entire blogpost to this passion of his. Suffice to say he can now confidently hover more than 8 feet above the ground with his parents standing by for support. Now the parents have not actually attempted a similar climb themselves, not for lack of enthusiasm or motivation. But most local parks do tend to frown upon grown-ups hogging climbing frames and other apparatus to satisfy their own climbing craving. Perhaps a stint at Go Ape might be the perfect solution to this problem. We can all have a go at scampering up ropes and ladders together as a family.

5 Ways to Stay Active in the Summer

Ramble

All of us in the C-household enjoy going on a ramble. That might be pretty obvious from the title of my blog, or the reason I started blogging, but just in case there was any doubt left, I reiterate. We all love to go for long walks. Preferably in the country, if not any old path will do.

5 Ways to Stay Active in the Summer

Play

M, J and I love to play together in the garden. With a ball, with a frisbee, with bubbles, with water, or with nothing at all. There are times when we kick a ball. Or throw it high up in the air and then try and catch it. Or shoot it through a hoop. We even hit it with a racket or a bat if we can.

But then there are times when J likes nothing better than to run around the garden like a headless chicken, his parents running with him to try and catch him. The delightful squeals and the accompanying laughter are  music to my ears. 

5 Ways to Stay Active in the Summer
Summer. A season when the warm sun dominates. When sport takes centre-stage. When a family delights in the outdoors. And in the exhilaration that being active can bring.


This is my entry to the Mark Warner Blogger Challenge number 2 in association with Go Ape.
Mark Warner Blogger Challenge    LLA


17 comments:

  1. We're planning on getting outside doing some geocaching this summer. We're all very excited :)

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  2. Some great ideas here. We love to go for a ramble in the forest. We take it in turns choosing which path to take and have only got lost once (took us 3 hours to get home!) It's great fun and turns into a bit of an adventure.

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  3. I always tried to make sure my daughter didn't sit in front of the TV all summer. I made her get outside and be active.

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  4. Lots of great activities! We love swimming too x

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  5. I love Summer - so many opportunities to get outside and have fun together xx

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  6. Great activities and they don't really cost anything! Going to swimming with my son is our summer favorite!

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  7. We always like to go to the local park. However, we do have to watch out for the older children who take it over.

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  8. Great ways to keep active, sometimes the simplest activities are the best

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  9. I really want to get my three-year-old a balance bike! For now she's staying active this summer by scooting all over the place. I'll try to take her swimming soon too.

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  10. great ideas. we're out and active most of the year - but it's far more fun in the usmmer!

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  11. Balance bikes are fantastic. My eldest had one for his 2nd birthday and loved it. For his third birthday he had a proper bike and is nearly able to ride it without stabilisers! They are so good to start them off.

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  12. Swimming and going for long walks are such fun ways to stay on the go during the summer. Thanks for this post.

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  13. I'm not sure we're an outdoors family but it sounds like you have lots of fun!

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  14. Getting outside and letting them burn off steam is the only way to have happy kids in our house! Great ideas

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  15. The Mini Mes break up for the summer holidays today and I can't wait to collect them in a few minutes.
    Some great ideas there, we love geocaching as a way to stay active x

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  16. Some fab ideas there - good luck xxx

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  17. Lots of fab ideas. Me and Max are hoping to have a fun, adventurous holiday.

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