What family goals do you set for the Summertime?
When school is out for the summer, we take a break from pretty much everything. No music lessons, dance practice, and very little homework. If I am being honest with you, we are all pretty burned out from our daily routine.
This year we are going to try some different activities. My kids are getting older and I feel like I can handle more outings with or without my husband.
-Swim Lessons and swim team
-Rock climbing once a week
-Eating healthy (Except on Saturday. Hee hee.)
-Tennis lessons for everyone
-Live in the moment
-Get more involved in our community
I know there are a lot of Summer Activity lists out there, but here are some you can do and lose some calories at the same time while getting your whole family involved.
Rock climbing is new for us. We wanted to see how our kids did before we bought a monthly pass. They loved it. They cannot wait to go back. We had Ian at Nevada Climbing Centers give us a private lesson and teach my husband and me how to belay for our kids. They were a little nervous at the beginning but quickly caught on and wanted to try the hardest walls. Even our 3 year old could climb on the kiddie wall and the big wall with a little help. We want to get better so we can try at the Red Rocks here in Las Vegas. This is a great summer activity and we can’t wait to get better.
Live strong says that rock climbing is a lot like solving a puzzle, giving your brain a mental workout as you figure out the best way to reach the top. Depending on your weight climbing a rock wall burns 660-976 calories an hour
PLAYING IN THE SAND
It’s okay to act like a child. My kids love to bury us in the sand. It is actually relaxing to me. Forget about the day spa. Being buried in the sand is free.
Whether you are at the beach, your backyard or the park your kids are going to love the sand. Building a sand castle can burn 100 calories an hour. If you build the castle further away from water you can burn 2-3 times more calories. Read more here.
Hula hooping is a really fun way to lose calories and have fun with your family at the same time. You don’t have to be a kid to do this work out. Newer hula hoops are larger and weigh more. This makes it easier to to twirl. We even turned it into a game to see who could hula longer.
You can burn 200 calories by hula hooping for 30 minutes based on your weight.
Biking on the sand can burn more than 380-760 calories an hour, depending on your weight and speed. According to Live Strong a 130-pound person burns about 175 calories in 45 minutes of biking at a leisure pace on the street.
We may not be the best tennis players, but we love tennis. It is a sport I grew up playing and now our whole family enjoys it.
You can lose up to 544 calories an hour playing singles tennis. Women’s doubles tennis will burn 289 calories (for a 30 year old - 20 calories less for 50 year olds) Read more here.
LOVE THE CITY YOU LIVE IN
Enjoy your summer by getting involved in your community. My Husband is really good at knowing what is happening in our City. He knows about the summer plays, concerts, movies in the park, farmers markets and much more. I am trying to keep up with him by using a new free app called TABESO. Tabeso allows you to discover. share, create and attend events. This app helps me be in the know so I don’t miss out on anything. I can look up what is going on in Las Vegas or any city I am visiting on vacation.
If you are not loving where you live get involved in your community and I know you will grow to like it and so will your family.
-Get discounts for anything and everything. I even ask if there is a deal of the day. Most of the time they give me a discount just for asking. (groupon, entertainment book, and google offers have great deals)
-Take sunscreen if you are going to be outside. A child with a sun burn is no fun.
-Don’t over plan. Enjoy your summer break with your kids by staying sane.
-Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.
My goal every summer is to make sure I keep my family eating healthy, getting daily exercise and keeping them happy.
What activities will you be doing this Summer to stay fit and fabulous?
Ashley was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and now lives in Henderson, Nevada. She studied in Germany and created a hand knit hat business in 1998–Mutze by Ashley (meaning hat in German). She is obsessed with her Husband, three daughters, fashion, coconut desserts, and garden gnomes.