10 Fun and healthy activities for Summer

Increase your activity levels by enjoying the best of the Summer weather

It’s Summer in South Africa and in case you missed it, we have some of the best weather in the world.

Let’s relish the sunshine as we strive to be fitter and healthier.

To this end, we’re giving you 10 fun and healthy activities for Summer. You’ll be so busy having fun, you won’t even realise that you’re “exercising”.

The idea is to incorporate more movement into your weekends and holidays. The added bonus is the quality you’ll spend with your family and friends.

Safety Tip for all outdoor activities: remember to wear high-protection sunscreen. Where appropriate wear a hat and sunglasses as well.

10 fun and healthy activities for Summer

1. Go for a Swim

This one’s a no-brainer. When it’s boiling hot, all you want to do is jump into a nice, refreshing swimming pool.

Swimming is a favourite Summertime activity

Or the ocean, if you happen to live at the coast.

The thing we love the most about swimming is that you don’t feel hot while doing it.

You can play numerous games in the pool using a cheap With a cheap plastic ball (try the Crazy Store).

Plus the water supports your body which makes this a fantastic activity for anyone who is unfit or carrying extra weight.

2. Hit the waterpark

Ok, this one is similar to swimming but it’s a bit different in that you don’t just spend time swimming in the pool.

Water parks are designed for fun because they have wave pools, heated pools and all sorts of slides to slip down.

3. Visit an amusement park, market or fair

There’s always something to do and see at amusement parks, neighbourhood markets or a local fair.

These activities don’t need to cost you a lot of money but can be a fun time out of the house.

4. Go for a picnic

Picnics are an easy and cost-effective way to spend time in nature and with your family.

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Assemble healthy snacks such as fruit, biltong, crackers, hummus, Tzatziki, cucumber and carrots, to name a few.

Good spots to consider are well-kept parks and botanical gardens.

5. Play frisbee

This is a fun activity especially if you have young children who often say “I’m bored”.

Get them throwing and running after the frisbee for a healthy, relaxed workout.

6. Go for a walk

Wake up early one day on the weekend or during the school holidays and go for a walk.

The best is if you can time it just as the sun is rising for a unique and deeply memorable experience.

Also, you will avoid the summer heat by going for a walk first thing in the morning.

7. Visit an amusement park, market or fair

There’s always something to do and see at amusement parks, neighbourhood markets or a local fair.

These activities don’t need to cost you a lot of money but can be a fun time out of the house.

7. Play a round of adventure golf

This is the BEST! Whether you’re playing with your kids, your best friends or just your significant other, adventure golf is bound to bring out your competitive streak.

Adventure Golf

These activities don’t need to cost you a lot of money but can be a fun time out of the house.

8. Go for a round of tennis

If tennis is your thing, there are plenty of courts that you can rent for a few hours.

Tennis is a good way to develop your child’s hand-eye coordination, not to mention a great cardio activity

9. Use your green fingers

Summer’s the perfect time to work on your garden. By now, most of your seedlings will have turned into small plants and some might already be flowering.

Keep weeds at bay and tend to your garden for 30 – 40 minutes every weekend.

10. Ride a bike or roller-skate

Go for a family bike ride or watch the kids roller-skate down the street.

Come up with fun challenges for them to do: like reach a certain lamppost.

The Takeaway on fun and healthy activities for Summer

Summertime is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and making the most of the warm weather.

By adding some fun and healthy activities for Summer into your normal routine, you’ll keep the whole family moving and laughing.

What’s your favourite summer activities? Let us know.

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