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Keep Your Family Active With These Ten Summer Sports

Keep Your Family Active With These Ten Summer Sports

Sue Riedl

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Summer’s finally here and it’s time to get outdoors. Below is a list of sports that involve the whole family while helping to keep the heart healthy.

  1. Badminton: The “anytime, anywhere” game. Portable and packable—bring it camping, to the park or cottage.
  2. Tennis: It’s fun, it’s social and you can sign up at local tennis courts for free. It’s a great workout, if only for chasing all your runaway balls.
  3. Hiking: Not only does hiking build cardio endurance it builds muscle strength. Bring lots of water and refuel often with healthy snacks like fresh fruit, trail mix (dry fruit and nuts) or home-made granola bar.
  4. Cycling: With most cities full of bike trails, this is a family-friendly activity great for younger children. Mom or dad can put them in a bike seat and away you go.
  5. Golf: Golf not only provides exercise when walking hole to hole it also requires flexibility and core strength. A great sport for families with older kids. Spend time together and catch up.
  6. Swimming: Whether you’re doing laps in a pool or horsing around playing water polo there’s no better way to beat the heat.
  7. Climbing: Another good way to explore the outdoors is taking up climbing. Your whole family can take lessons at the local climbing gym. You’ll be using muscles you probably never knew you had.
  8. Soccer: Join a soccer league or simply kick the ball around in the park. Get your heart pumping while trying to “bend it like Beckham”.
  9. Baseball: They don’t call them the boys of summer for nothing. Join a softball league or organize a game for your neighborhood. Throwing a ball around in the backyard is a classic summer activity.
  10. Canoe/Kayaking: Sometimes the best way to explore is from the water. Canoeing and kayaking are sports that increase endurance and upper body strength.

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