We have had such a gorgeous summer here on Vancouver Island and some of the most fun activities before the cooler weather comes is making the most of being outdoors. Why not combine your summer outings with a chance to keep in shape with these very easy and fun ideas!
We have so many wonderful hiking trails in and around Nanaimo. It’s fun to go to old favourites and discover new ones. You can make your hike a day trip with the family or have an evening hike straight from work with a picnic dinner while it’s cooler and still light outside. Hiking lowers your risk of heart disease and improves blood pressure.
Here is a link to all the hiking trails in and around Nanaimo, click here.
If you are an accomplished swimmer we have an abundance of open waters in and around Nanaimo to swim and cool off. Remember to always swim with a buddy and if you’re not a strong swimmer there are lakes and pools with lifeguards and roped off areas for swimming. Swimming is aerobic and anaerobic exercise that burns a lot of calories and is easy on the joints. Also a wonderful way to cool off in the hot weather.
Here is a link to some of the best swimming locations on Vancouver Island, click here.
If you have children you know how energetic they are! Harness their energy and use it to keep you fit. Playing with your children is a great way to bond, have an amazing workout and all while enjoying yourself!
This a great link from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits that talks about fun and very simple ways to get fit with your kids, click here.
Your local playground can be a fantastic place to give you a great workout. Many of the traditional playgrounds have pull-up bars and swings that you can use in your workout. Go early before the playground gets busy or if you have children take them with you so everyone gets some great outdoor exercise.
This is a link to some simple playground workouts, click here.
Tennis is such a fun outdoor activity with friends and family. You don’t even need to know the rules just bring a racket and balls and the courts are typically free. Some places require a reservation while other courts are a first-come, first-served basis.
This is a link to local tennis court facilities in Nanaimo, click here.
Have fun with these simple outside activities and make the most of these last beautiful, long days of summer.
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