Get a Jump Start On Your Summer
With summer just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to begin planning vacations, family activities, even your exercise routine. Did you know there are simple ways to get a jump start — leaving you with more time to relax and enjoy the warm weather once summer is in full swing? Here are a few tips to help you make the most of this season of sunshine:
Plan Ahead for Stress-free Travel
It pays to think ahead when planning vacations. It’s well known that many travel sites increase prices as summer nears, so book your reservations now to get the best rate. A good rule of thumb is to make flight and hotel reservations at least eight weeks in advance to avoid last-minute price inflation. If you’re the spontaneous type — no need to stress. There are plenty of options for last-minute and affordable getaways, as well as several travel websites and apps designed specifically to make planning your next trip fun and easy.
Keep the Kids Entertained
Summer often means your kids have more free time than they know what to do with. The key is to find ways to keep them engaged and active rather than glued to their electronic devices. If you’re looking for something new or different — geocaching treasure hunts, guided night hikes and underwater hockey are all fun activities for the whole family to try. The possibilities are close to endless. Care.com has compiled a list of 101 Fun Things to Do With Kids This Summer.
Test Your Green Thumb
Growing your own vegetable garden has countless benefits. Not only will you enjoy readily available healthy vegetables and time spent in the fresh air, but thanks to squatting, pulling weeds and hauling tools, gardening is an effective workout as well. Spring and early summer are the ideal times to start your garden, so plant seeds or starter plants soon to ensure a strong and abundant crop. When you’re ready to take advantage of your fresh harvest, we have a bounty of healthy recipes to choose from, including this No-Cook Mediterranean Tuna Salad.
Have a Backup Workout Plan
With summer comes warmer weather, longer days and more outdoor exercise options — from running and hiking to kayaking and waterskiing. Studies show that along with the obvious benefits, exercising outdoors can boost your immune system, relieve stress and elevate your energy levels. If your summer schedule is booked through August, or it’s too hot or too late in the evening to exercise outside, stay active by taking your workout indoors. Home fitness solutions like the Bowflex treadmills are a convenient and effective way to burn calories in a short amount of time.