Outdoor Family Fun!

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Gather the family and enjoy some fun in the sun.

Clear skies, moderate temperatures and experiencing the beauty of nature are fantastic reasons for you and your family to get outside and have some fun. There’s no doubt that being outdoors, breathing fresh air and seeing wildlife does wonders for the mind and body. And really, who can be stressed out when hearing the birds, seeing brightly colored flowers and watching a rabbit hop by!

Getting outside can be as simple as playing catch or Frisbee in the park or your backyard. Here are some other family-friendly options:

Exploring your surroundings. Going to a recreation area, state park, or forest preserve is a fun way to explore the beauty of nature. To find options close to you, check out www.letsmove.gov/where-go.

Hiking and walking. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a pair of moisture-wicking socks to provide a cushion between your skin and shoe. Hiking and walking gets your heart pumping and allows you to breathe deeply, both of which are excellent for your well-being.   

Bike riding. If you own bikes, great. If not, local bike shops traditionally rent them at a reasonable cost. Riding a bike helps improve your balance and endurance and allows you to explore more areas in a shorter amount of time.

Swimming. Swimming suits are inexpensive, so take the plunge and enjoy this low-impact, full-body activity. Many pools have lazy rivers and twisting, turning slides that add to the day’s fun.


What to Bring:

Sun protection. Unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase your risk of skin cancer, so be sure to apply sunscreen liberally at least 15 minutes before heading outdoors. The American Academy of Dermatology offers other excellent tips for staying sun-safe.

Water. Dehydration leads to fuzzy thinking, lack of energy, dry mouth and headache, so drink water before, during and after spending time outdoors.

Healthy snacks. Nuts, seeds, carrot sticks and apples are easy to pack and are nutritious too.

Appropriate footwear. Flip-flops might be comfortable, but it’s best to wear shoes that are supportive and cover your entire foot. Pair them with moisture-wicking socks to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

Extra clothing. If clouds start rolling in or it gets breezy, you’ll be glad you have a jacket, sweatshirt or lightweight pants to slip on.

A backpack. Put all your goodies into a backpack with padded straps. Make sure it fits comfortably on your back and is large enough to carry your necessities.


Now that you have a few outdoor-fun ideas, let’s compare notes: What are your favorite outdoor activities? Does your state have some can’t-miss spots we should check out? We all look forward to learning more!

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