With summertime in full swing, it’s time to benefit from activities that are healthy, fun, and generally low-cost in the warm weather. There are so many benefits of being out in the sun and soaking in the much-needed Vitamin D our bodies missed out on during the wintertime. Not only does Vitamin D promote your overall wellbeing (with sunscreen of course), but it can also support weight loss, regulate your mood, and fight disease.

Here are some healthy activities to do this summer.

Biking

Healthy Activities to Do This Summer: Biking | Erin Clifford WellnessCycling has many health benefits and can protect you from diseases including diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and many more. It’s easy to fit bike riding into your everyday routine with or without your family. Ride a scenic bike trail and soak in the fresh air, or ride to the grocery store to pick up some necessities.

Hiking

Healthy Activities to Do This Summer: Hiking | Erin Clifford WellnessIf you want to get your 10,000 steps a day in, hiking is one of the best methods to do so. Finding a hiking trail you enjoy will make the time fly by, and the health benefits of hiking can improve your sleep quality and promote weight loss.

Swimming

Healthy Activities to Do This Summer: Swimming | Erin Clifford WellnessSwimming is a great way to get your heart rate up, burn calories, and get in great shape. If you use swimming as an exercise, it can tone your muscles and strengthen your body. This is an ideal exercise for the older crowd as it is great for aging joints.

Visiting Your Local Farmers’ Market

Healthy Activities to Do This Summer: Farmers Market | Erin Clifford WellnessYour city’s local farmers’ market is a great way to get outdoors and help support local businesses and produce. You can generally find great deals on fresher fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market than at your local supermarket.

Planting a Garden

Healthy Activities to Do This Summer: Gardening | Erin Clifford WellnessIf you have the room in your backyard to plant a garden, take advantage of it! If you live in a more urban setting, setting up a few pots for some smaller plants can greatly benefit your apartment. It can improve your air quality and give you fresh ingredients for cooking that can save you a trip to the store.

Painting

Healthy Activities to Do This Summer: Painting | Erin Clifford WellnessPainting inside or outside can promote stress relief and help concentration and creativity. Take the time to practice your individuality and foster creative growth.

 

Cooking

Healthy Activities to Do This Summer: Cooking | Erin Clifford WellnessAs most of you know by now, cooking is one of my favorite pastimes. I love learning about the nutritional values of different foods, and how they affect my mind and body. Cooking can be a way to bond with your sous chef or take the time to gain independence and more confidence within your cooking skills.

Here are a few of my favorite summer recipes.

I hope these activities will foster your creativity, get your body and mind moving, and help you utilize the longer days and warmer weather!

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