Over the summer, there are plenty of opportunities to stay active. Even if exercise isn’t a regular part of your life, summer is the perfect time to change this fact and become more active. There are lots of fun options to choose from for something to do, plus you have a lot more free time if you’re a student. Instead of staying home or just sitting somewhere with your friends, find some of these great activities in your area and get involved, either on your own or with a group of friends.


If you live close to hiking trails, this activity is a great option. It’s an interesting and fun hobby and can work for any experience level. It’s easy, doesn’t require a lot of equipment, and you can decide how challenging the trail you go on is. There are beautiful hiking locations across the country. If you like camping, you can do hikes that last several days, giving you the opportunity to see beautiful natural sites and make wonderful memories.


Kayaking is fairly easy and something you can do alone or with a larger group of people. Most bodies of water that allow kayaking also have kayak rentals so you don’t even need to worry about buying your own. Kayaking can be a great physical exercise, but it’s also relaxing and gives you time to enjoy being outside.

Community sports

For most communities, there are some organized sports groups for all ages. If you belong to a gym, there are usually groups there that form summer leagues for sports like soccer or basketball. Connect with one of these leagues if you’re interested in playing a specific sport in a more organized setting.


Yoga has become increasingly popular and is recognized as a fantastic way to stay in shape. There are yoga classes for all experience levels and there’s always something more challenging to move onto in the practice. You can also do yoga year-round, but it’s especially enjoyable to do it outside during the summer. Yoga helps you focus and clear your mind while also keeping your body in shape.

Pick-up games

Maybe you don’t want to play in an official league, but there’s still a specific sport you’d like to play on occasion. Get a group of your friends together and do some pick-up games throughout the summer. Even if it’s just you and one other person, you can still play some basketball, tennis, or something else!