5 fun summer play ideas to keep you active and help you stay in shape

5 fun summer play ideas to keep you active and help you stay in shape

5 fun summer play ideas to keep you active and help you stay in shape

By Published On: June 2nd, 2023
It’s hard to believe that it’s already June. Do you know what that means? 

Summer play!

It’s the best time of year to shake up your routine and get outside to enjoy the great weather and longer days.

Why not consider some playful, habit-boosting outdoor ways to get your heart rate up while enjoying yourself (and even connecting to your inner kid)?

Here are five fun play ideas to keep you active and help you stay in shape through the summer and beyond.

1. Jump rope

Jumping rope is a fun and effective way to improve coordination and balance.

Start with a few minutes of jumping and gradually increase the time as you get more comfortable.

Techniques like double unders or crisscrosses keep things interesting!

2. Hula hoop

Hula hooping is a fun and playful way to get your body moving, and I love incorporating one into circuits with my clients.  

You can use a traditional hula hoop or a weighted one for an extra challenge.

Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, placing the hula hoop around your waist, and moving your hips in a circular motion to keep the hoop spinning.

Why not try different tricks to challenge yourself, such as spinning the hoop around your arms or legs?

3. Trampoline

Jumping on a trampoline improves your heart rate, improves your balance as well as your coordination. You can purchase a small trampoline for indoor use or visit a trampoline park for a fun group activity.

Just be sure to follow safety guidelines and use caution to avoid injury:)

4. Dance party

Turn up the music and have a dance party! You can dance alone or with friends; plenty of online dance tutorials and classes are free.

I LOVE sharing this incredible Aussie, Nathan Short, who has an online dance platform for people who love to dance!

Plus, dancing is a great stress reliever and can boost your mood. So put on your favourite tunes and get moving. Simple to do indoors or out!

5. Obstacle course

Why not create an obstacle course in your backyard or local park using items like cones, hula hoops, jump ropes and my personal favourite, sidewalk chalk?  

Challenge yourself to complete the course as quickly as possible or compete with friends to see who can finish first.

Obstacle courses are a great way to improve agility, balance, and coordination while having fun.  

Plus, you can switch up the course and add new challenges to keep it interesting.

So grab some friends and get ready to play in a new way this summer!

Need extra motivation? Grab a copy of my book and learn 150 ways to move more this summer and beyond.

Your friend and coach,

Jan xox

PS: Whenever you are ready, here are three more ways I can help you PLAY for life:

  1. Click here to grab a copy of The Play Book:  How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health
  2. Join the FREE 7-Days of Healthy Habits Course that can help you starting today.
  3. Want to work with me on your health while having fun? Click here to book a call.

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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