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Healthy Activities To Enjoy In the Great Outdoors This Summer

Written by Erica Kolcz on July 09, 2015. Posted in Activity & Exercise

Living in paradise, you cannot use “bad” weather as an excuse to not get outside. We may encounter an occasional rain shower, but even then we can drive to the other side of the island where the sun is shining.

Get Social with Group Activities

A beautiful day is the perfect excuse to head outdoors. Next time “team-building” pops up on the company calendar, why not propose one of these group activities to get everyone active, together, outside?

  • Take a Hike
    A brisk walk through a local rain forest, mountain trail, or one of Hawai`i’s many state or national parks is an easy and inexpensive way to work out that almost everyone will enjoy. Choose a route that corresponds to your group’s level of fitness and pack healthy snacks to enjoy along the trail. Bonus points if you choose a path that includes scenic lookouts where you can take short breaks to catch your breath (and some beautiful views!) along the way.
  • Get Zen in the Sand
    Yoga is already a great way to relax and get in shape – it combines meditation, low-impact stretching, and strength exercises with a mild cardio routine (especially if you opt for a more active style like vinyasa or flow yoga). Adjust the level of difficulty to match your employees’ skill and comfort level. You could also hire a yoga instructor if no one at the office feels comfortable leading. Modified versions of poses means that employees can move along side each other – whether it’s their first or 50th session. A serene setting like the beach or a park will add even more tranquility. Just let the soothing sounds and the restorative fresh air deepen your meditation fueling further contemplation of your beautiful surroundings.
  • Build Team Spirit
    Basketball, soccer, touch football, beach volleyball, badminton, ultimate frisbee…the list goes on and on. Sports are relatively unintimidating ways to get staff active – especially if you emphasize fun over competition. Team sports are ideal for larger groups since they require little investment (a small fee if you join a sports league, or just a ball and access to outdoor facilities), promote healthy socialization, and provide a terrific cardiovascular workout. Be sure to bring lots of water to stay hydrated in the heat!

Next time the sun is shining and the skies are clear, why not lather yourself in sunscreen and get your team active and outdoors? Use this list as a starting point to inspire some exercise and team bonding and see what a little fresh air can do for energy levels.

Erica Kolcz

Worksite Wellness Consultant / Account Executive

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