Thursday, July 31, 2014

10 Things to Do for Recreation This Summer

by A.L. Woods, Staff Writer

Summer is just a sneeze away. Now's your chance to get out of the house for some much needed recreation and relaxation. Go ahead and make it one of your goals to try something different this year. With this list of 10 things to do for recreation this summer you don't have an excuse.

1. Hiking
Become at one with the great outdoors. See the sights. Take in the sounds. Acquaint yourself with nature.

2. Swimming
Break out that new swimsuit and hit the water! If you don't know how to swim, now is the perfect time to take lessons.

3. Fishing
Most folks who enjoy fishing report that it's good for reducing stress and that it's a good activity for facilitating meditation. There's just something about developing the patience to sit there and wait for a fish to take your bait.

4. Biking
Have fun and get in shape at the same time. Biking is great for toning and strengthening the leg muscles. Bike around and see the sights.

5. Archery
Interest in archery has resurged since the release of the "Hunger Games" movies. Making that arrow fly is a true test of skill. Why not give it a try?

6. Waterslide
This one will bring back memories of childhood past. What a wonderful way to hedge off the effects of the burning summer sun.

7. Boating and Water Sports
Canoeing, paddle boating, pontoon boating, sailing … take your pick. There are a number of different ways to take a boat out on the water.

8. Bowling
Fun for family and/or friends. Great for friendly competition. I just suggest that if you can work it into your budget that you bring your own ball and shoes.

9. Camping
Camping out under the stars is a wonderful experience. Or if lying on the ground isn't your thing, rent a camper or an RV. You'll be sure to create memories for years to come.

10. Golf
This pastime of the rich is now also available to the masses. It takes more skill than you can imagine to get that little ball to go into the hole. Traipsing across the greens is also an excellent form of exercise.

This list is by no means extensive. There's a recreational pursuit out there to fit every interest and every activity level. Find one or two that appeal to you … and enjoy!


*Photo: Scott Ableman via Flickr

[Originally published on Yahoo! Voices on 06/06/2014 (no longer published there).]