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STAY ACTIVE, STAY COOL THIS SUMMER

By: Noel McCluney PT, DPT, PCS                                                    

Don’t let the summer heat be an excuse for being inactive. There are plenty of fun activities you can do with your children despite the soaring temperatures. Remember the CDC recommends children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity everyday and adults get at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic physical activity per week. Have fun!

Here are some “cool” ideas:

1.)  Ice-skating. Yes, you can ice-skate in Arizona. It is a great physical activity that works on endurance and balance. Best thing is it is always ice cold in the rink. You can go to the public skate, take a class or even participate in a free ice hockey program with the Phoenix Coyotes. Where: www.polaricechandler.com, www.polaricegilbert.com

2.)  Roller skating/blading. While it might not be as cool as ice-skating, roller skating rinks have good air conditioning. Check out the coupons for Radio Disney Skate or Family Skate. Where: www.usa-skating.com

3.)  Bounce House. Channel your inner tigger and go to a local bounce house. Where: www.bounceu.com

4.)  Water balloon games. Get a water balloon pump or hose adapter and you’ll have hours of active play. Check out pininterest.com for some great game ideas. Some of my favorites are:

  1. Water balloon piñatas
  2. Water balloon angry birds target game

5.)  Slip n Slide. Pick-up this classic favorite. Try these game ideas:

  1. “Strike a Pose.” Unleash your creativity and challenge each player to make a new pose before each slide. Other players have to exactly copy before their turn.
  2. “Slipped My Mind.” Challenge your memory with this game. First player makes a pose before sliding. The next player copies the first player’s pose then adds their own before sliding. Each player adds a pose to the previous sequence. Keep playing until you can’t remember the sequence.

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