The longest day of the year is behind us, and that can only mean one thing, summer is finally, officially, here! During the season of sunning, swimming and sipping cool drinks, it can be easy to fall into a pattern. Why not try something new this year? We’ve got some ideas on how to make the most of your summertime.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
Farmer’s markets seem to pop up everywhere in the summer. They are a great place to find fresh fruits and vegetables and often other tasty treats like honey, granola and salsas and sauces. Also, walking around a farmer’s market can be a great way to fit a workout into your day as you search for the perfect produce.
Plant a Garden
Spring may be the first season that comes to mind when you think of gardening, but summer is a great time for it too. Plenty of fruits,
vegetables and flowers are in season during the summer months. Corn, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers all do well growing in the heat. If flowers are more your style, try planting black-eyed Susans or daylilies. Both hold up well during the summer months.
Take Your Yoga Outside
Few things can top performing a sun salutation in the actual sunlight. Take advantage of extended daylight hours and move your yoga practice outside in the morning or evening to avoid any extreme heat during the day. Check out your local studio for outdoor options.
Make a DIY Drive-In
Save yourself the drive, and create your own outdoor movie experience at home. With just a few supplies you probably already have, you can enjoy the benefits of a big-screen movie without all the added costs. Make your own popcorn and add your favorite healthy toppings. If you crave sweets while you enjoy a movie, try a chocolate bar that tastes just like a Crunch bar, but is made with quinoa.
Visit a National Park
Every state with the exception of Delaware (but they’re working on it!) is home to at least one national park. Though they might not be a large-scale park like Yellowstone, plenty of the national parks offer historic sites, recreation areas and trails to explore. Chances are you’re closer to one than you think. Take the opportunity this summer to explore one of your state’s parks.