5 summer wellness activities for the whole family

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Health Assured team

14 July 2021

Summer is here. The kids will soon be off school. And for the most part, the sun has been shining. There’s no denying the warmer temperatures, longer days and blue skies give us all a boost in motivation this time of year. So why not take the ball and roll with it?

Looking to shift some lockdown habits? Want to get moving more?  Fancy taking the kids outside for a day in the sunshine? Summer is a great time to get to work on your goals—no matter how big, or small.

We hope our top 5 summer wellness activities for the whole family will inspire you to get up. Get out. And get the whole family involved!

 

  1. Get gardening

You don’t have to go far to feel the benefits of surrounding yourself in nature. Studies show that spending time in nature can boost our mood, reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure. So brightening your outdoor space up with flowers, plants, fruits and veggies will have double the benefits. You’ll get digging, lifting and moving outside in the fresh air. Burn some calories. And in the long run, you’ll also have a green sanctuary to escape to—whenever you need a little calm.

We all know that kids love to get their hands dirty, which makes gardening great fun for the little ones too. Plant bright sunflowers. Pot some fruits, watch them grow and whip up the result for a healthy family meal together. It's a healthy, fun activity for the whole family.

 

  1. Outdoor swimming

Increasing research is showing the benefits that outdoor swimming can have for us. Outdoor swimming can boost brain power, reduce inflammation and elevate our immune systems. And if there’s any time to give it a shot—then summer is certainly the season. Again, this fun activity is great for the kids too.

You can find plenty of places to dip your toes into. Head to the beach for the day, find your local outdoor pool or discover local lakes open to outdoor swimmers. It’s a great opportunity to discover new places, take a picnic and enjoy some family time together. Dip your toes in, have a paddle, or take the full plunge if you’re feeling brave. Either way, you’re bound to feel invigorated afterwards.

Safety is always the priority – check online before you dive in to confirm swimming is permitted.

 

  1. Animal interactions

Research shows interacting with pets can reduce stress levels and lower cholesterol. It also increases levels of the happy hormone—dopamine. It’s even shown watching fish in an aquarium can have muscle-relaxing effects. As well as lowering our heart rates. But you don’t have to rush out to the rescue centre to feel the benefits.

Local farms, city zoos, aquariums and pet shops also offer a chance to feel the benefits of animal interactions. Spend a day admiring the animals with the little ones in tow. It's sure to leave you all in a feel-good spirit.

 

  1. Visit somewhere new

It’s tempting to always go for our trusted favourites. Whether a walk, lunch with friends, or a trip to the park. But it turns out there are surprising health benefits that can come from visiting somewhere new. Exploring new walks, local towns and different beaches can expand our view of the world. Boosting creativity and encouraging our minds to take in our unfamiliar surroundings. It also means we can get active and move our bodies.

The kids can also enjoy doing what they do best. Exploring, discovering, and interacting with the world around them. Whilst the sun is shining, it’s a perfect time to visit that place you and the family have always wanted to go to.

 

  1. Go fruit picking

The rise of summer sees fruit fields across the UK come alive with vibrant greens, reds and oranges. The berry season is upon us! What better way to celebrate than by taking to the fields with the family to pick some for yourselves? The sun is shining, the berries are bright, and the kids are eager to get outside. You can go fruit picking at farms across the country and come home with punnets of fresh fruit—straight from the source. Not only is it a great way to get active, but it’s also a way to encourage the little ones to eat more of their five a day.

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