Get in shape this summer without hiding out in a gym. The summer months can bring too much freedom to be stuck indoors on a stair master. Change things up this year with these seven ways to stay in shape.
1. Become a dog walker.
Even if you don’t have a pooch of your own, this activity is still doable. Local animal shelters are always in need of dog walkers. And borrowing a dog is a great excuse to take a walk.
2. Plant a garden.
This activity isn’t for the retired set. Visit a garden supply store to get all the information you need to start a garden in you own backyard. If space is an issue, create your own garden indoors. The daily attention flowers need get you working all year round.
3. Volunteer for the local Habitat for Humanity.
The organization needs volunteers. You can commit to one day or seven days a week. The schedule is flexible. It doesn’t matter if nailing isn’t your forte; Habitat can teach you everything you need to know.
4. Be a kid again.
Whether at your church or at community center, summer is a great time to help out the kids in your neighborhood. There are activities planned all summer for kids, and volunteering can keep the programs going and keep you in shape. Try coaching a summer league or organizing field days in the park.
5. Take a hike.
Plan a weekend outing to the mountains or plan for a day trip with friends. Hiking might seem like a stretch to suburbanites or city folk, but there are ways to get a piece of the great outdoors in your backyard. Localhikes.com lists hiking opportunities near metropolitan areas. After your trip, head back to the site add your own reviews and suggestions.
6. Ride a bike.
Commute to work on local cycling paths.
7. Run for a cause.
There are benefits of volunteering at a race even if you are not a runner.