Photo: Man and Woman on Stand-Up Paddleboards

by Tandis Bishop

Summer is a great motivator to get fit and healthy as we do our best to look great in swim wear on the beach!  With the beautiful weather and the many opportunities to take advantage of both indoor and outdoor activities, it’s easy to get into shape and stay healthy. If we're not careful, however, summer can also be our ruin!  In addition to vacation parties, barbeques, ice-cream, cold sugary drinks, and other not-so healthy foods, summer's hot weather can make us reluctant to exercise.  Here are some tips to keep you and your family healthy and fit during the summer.

Enjoy indoor activities to beat the sun

Take a yoga class! Beginning Tuesday, June 3rd, Down to Earth is introducing weekly yoga classes with Danielle Tatik in our new Community Room upstairs on the 3rd floor above Down to Earth Honolulu, at 2525 S. King St. Classes are $10 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am -11:00am. For more information, please call (808) 947-3249.

Hit the beach

What better way to stay cool and get active than to swim, surf or do other water sports? It’s free, fun, and great for the whole family! Drink lots of fluids to keep hydrated, and go before 10:00am or after 2:00pm in order to limit sun exposure and exertion in the heat.

Have fun with the kids

Backyard water activities are a childhood favorite that’s fun at any age. Water balloon fights, squirt guns and slip n’ slides are great ways to keep cool and active!

Shady hikes and waterfalls

Hawaii is famous for our beautiful hiking trails filled with shady pathways and often leading to gorgeous waterfalls. This is simply an amazing way to stay active over the summer. For refreshingly cool trails in Hawaii and how to get there, look up these trails online:

  • Oahu: Manana Trail, Nu’uanu Pali No ‘okina: Nuuanu and Judd Trails, Maunawili Falls, Manoa Falls.
  • Maui: Pipiwai Trail & Waimoku Falls, Waihee Ridge Trail, and many trails off Hana Hwy.
  • Kauai: Hanakapi’ai No ‘okina: Hanakapiai & Na Pali coast trail, Kalalau trail.
  • Big Island: Akaka Falls State Park

Enjoy evening activities

Play tag-football with friends in the early evening while it’s still light but cooling down or take an end-of-day walk after sunset.

Go ahead! Enjoy your summer and take advantage of these opportunities to be active all summer long!