Finally, schools out! You’re on summer vacation with no studying, no homework, no tests, and no nothing! What do most kids do during the summer? VIDEO GAMES AND NETFLIX. Who doesn’t love hanging around the air-conditioned house all day, playing some Fortnite or binge watch your favorite show? Unfortunately, after a few days of apparent bliss, your mind begins to wander and you begin to go stir crazy. Sitting around for days can definitely increase your anxiety! What else is there to do?
Let’s go back to the good ole days, when your parents were kids, where there was no TV, no iPhone, and no video games! What did your parents do for fun? It might be hard to imagine how they kept busy, from your perspective, but your parents likely spent more time outside connecting with the world around them. So this summer, consider engaging in some of these activities instead to keep your body moving:
Ride Your Bike: Make sure to put on your helmet and tell your parents where you are going! This is an excellent solo or team activity.
Take Your Puppy Out for a Hike: This is a great way to get some exercise and practice mindfulness. Ask your friends, siblings, or parents to go on the adventure with you if trekking far from home.
Play Your Favorite Sport: Put on your favorite team’s jersey and head outside! Whether it’s basketball, football, or soccer, being outside with peers can be a blast. Of course, don’t forget your sunblock!
Go Swimming: You could grab a few friends and play popular games, such as Marco Polo or Sharks and Minos. Make sure there’s a lifeguard on duty!
Ice Skating: Escape the summer heat, but keep that heart rate up. Ask your parents to take you to the nearest skating rink and skate laps, play hockey, or practice your favorite figure skating routines.
Whatever you decide to do this summer, just remember that remaining active is just as important as having fun. And you can do both at the same time!