Summer is here, and though having a beach bod might not be one of your primary concerns, I am sure that staying healthy and having fun (which go hand in hand) are. Summer should be all about trying new things — or starting to do the things you enjoy again. Here are five activities you that will keep you in tip-top shape this summer.

1. Attend a Book Club (or start one!)
Reading is good for your mental health, and it relieves stress, can be fun, and most of all is great for your eyes! It’s also great to participate in lively discussion with your friends about what you are reading. For more book club ideas, visit your local library or check out Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

2. Healthy Cooking
Perhaps you should join a cooking class, but not just any cooking class, a healthy cooking class. Learning to make delicious foods that are healthy as well is a great way to implement simple diet changes that will help you in the long run. Join with a friend, husband, wife, daughter, son, or go alone and make new friends! If there is not a class near you, then look up healthy recipes online and challenge yourself to make five healthy recipes a week. A good place to find healthy recipes is from Taste of Home.

3. Let’s Get Physical

No matter your physical condition, there is some form of exercise that will suit you. That could range from walking or hiking, to rock climbing or cycling. You could start out with some light form of exercise and try to increase your time each week. Your body will thank you! For some ideas, check out this list of fun outdoor activities for adults from Livestrong. Also, remember to take care of your skin and eyes outdoors with sunblock and sunglasses.

4. Family Bonding
Try to get together with the whole family at least once a week. The ideas are limitless. You could have a meal together, play board games, watch a movie, go swimming, or anything your family enjoys doing. The important part is that you will all be together.

5. Make Music
Whether you have never played music in your life or are a seasoned musician, try picking up some instruments this summer and taking lessons if you need them. There are many benefits to playing an instrument, such as increased memory capacity, enhanced coordination, and sharpened concentration.

I hope you will take the time to check out some of these stress-relieving and health-boosting activities this summer. You deserve to take care of yourself every now and then.

Are there any healthy summer activities you particularly enjoy? Let us know your thoughts!

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