Fun Ways to Stay Healthy in the Summer

Fun Ways to Stay Healthy in the Summer

School Time Activities Will Soon Be Done

We are all “forced” to endure PE (physical education) at school and also Health class where we learn healthy habits. That is what I used to think!  Now, I totally believe that taking PE helps you to stay in shape during the school year and I have to say now that I LOVE PE and all of the physical activity that is involved.  But I didn’t always love it. Don’t get me wrong, I love being physically active but Swimming is my Sport – NOT running!


At my school we have to run the mile and when the school year started I was timed at 10:30 minutes for my mile.  That wasn’t too good but after a whole year of practicing in PE I just received a personal best time of 7 minutes 19 seconds.  Not bad if I do say so myself but I only got there by practicing.  Since school is almost out I am thinking of things that will keep me active and healthy during the summertime.  Here are my Five things that will help keep me healthy in the summertime. I would love to hear your ideas too!

Five things to do that will help you stay healthy in the summer

#1.  Don’t sleep the day away

You might think this is crazy but I think its healthier to get up no later than 9 o’clock in the morning because your body needs breakfast.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And, you will also have more time to have fun and hang with friends; that’s really why I think it is healthier to get up early.  Summertime is a good time to catch up on your zzzzzz’s too and I know that I won’t stay up too late, maybe 10 pm most nights.


#2.  Eat lots of fruits and vegetables to help with hydration during sports activities

Fruit Platter

And I do mean a lot of fruit! Some fruits, in my opinion of course, are super delicious like green grapes. Now I don’t have anything against red grapes if you are wondering, I just think the green ones taste better. Grapes have a lot of water and they can be frozen too so they are great to munch on a hot summer day.  Don’t forget to eat watermelon too because they also have lots of water in them; so much that it is even in its name. And, don’t forget your veges and salads are a great way to eat healthy. What fruits & vegess do you like on a hot summer day?


#3.  Get out of the house

I don’t know about you but I don’t have time to watch much TV during the school year and sometimes it is so easy just to curl up on the couch and watch TV in the summertime.  Save that for a rainy day and on the good weather days get out of the house.  You can have a mellow day just as easy outside as you can inside.  Relax and read a book or listen to music or even draw with chalk.  Holly and I love to paint our finger and toenails and they dry faster out in the sun. I’m not too old for chasing bubbles either!



#4.  Cover Up

Sun is one of the things I look forward to during summer. But it can get a little harsh and too much of a good things is not too good for you. So lather up on sunscreen and use at least a 30 SPF.  And just a little advice, I’m not saying this will happen to you, but make sure to put on sunscreen every couple of hours when you are out in the sun because you don’t want to get skin cancer when you’re older.  One of my former babysitters was just 19 when she found out she had skin cancer and fortunately they removed it all.  Cancer is scary so lets use sunscreen.


#5.  Be Active Every Day

Ok, so I admit that I am a total athletic person and love to stay active.  I’m always practicing my handstands, cartwheels, back bends & somersaults and it is so much fun to practice them out in the sun. And some of my other favorite things to do during the summer is to swim in the lake and also & bicycle around the city were I live. For one birthday my parents bought the supplies and we all worked together and made an old fashioned Tether ball pole.  My friends and I love to play tetherball, volleyball & basketball in my driveway just for fun and an added bonus is that I stay in shape during the summer.


Those are just a few of my tips and remember stay cool during the hot summer days by drinking lots of water!  Please tell me what your healthy tips are for staying fit in the summertime.

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