Fun Ways to Stay Healthy and Active

About the Author

Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author of One Size Does NOT Fit All Diet Plan, one of Amazon's Top Gluten-Free and Weight Loss Diets. (You may read more about Abby at the bottom of this article.)

Fun outdoor games and activities may include kickball.
Fun outdoor games and activities may include kickball. | Source

Ways to Stay Healthy

Staying healthy doesn't have to be a chore. There are many ways to stay healthy and active, and by making it fun in the process is what will help you continue along this path. Include your family and friends in the process as well. This will only make your healthy lifestyle activities more pleasurable. So, don't be a couch potato with them! Be the leader by grabbing their hands and pulling them along for some fun.

From outdoor to indoor games, you can make life interesting and fun. Just make it active to stay healthy. In addition to your active games, include the kitchen. No, you're not going to go hog wild on lavish desserts filled with sugars and refined starches! By including fun cooking games, you, your family, and your friends can have fun together by learning how to make delicious entrees or desserts. After all, we love to dine as part of our socializing. Why not make it fun and healthy in the process?

Below are a few fun ideas to help you stay healthy and active. Choose one or two this week, and grab your family and friends for some active merriment.

Kayaking can be a great source of fun and exercise to stay healthy.
Kayaking can be a great source of fun and exercise to stay healthy. | Source

Fun Outdoor Games and Activities

Part of staying healthy is being active. You can do that with so many choices, from outdoor games to sports. Some favorite games throughout history have been hide-and-seek, kickball, and backyard volleyball. Most of these games can be played with your family and/or friends and creates memorable moments. Not only are memories formed and cherished, but you receive benefit by being active which contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Some other games with children may include Four Square, Chinese or Double Dutch Jump Rope, and Tag. Games with teens or adults may include Frisbee, Paintball, and Capture the Flag. In addition to games, outdoor activities may include sports such as hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking, water or snow skiing, biking, or team sports (i.e., basketball, softball, or football).

10 of the Greatest Spots for Kayaking

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A markerGlacier Bay, Alaska -
Glacier Bay National Park, Gustavus, AK 99826, USA
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No prior kayaking experience is necessary to kayak Glacier Bay. Unlike whitewater boats, sea touring kayaks are extremely stable and easy to paddle.

B markerSan Juan Islands, Washington -
San Juan Island, Washington, USA
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Specialize in 3-4 day personally guided sea kayaking tours from June-September incorporating camping, kayak sailing, hiking, and whale watching.

C markerThe Outerbanks, North Carolina -
Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, 5230 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949, USA
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Include Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Kitty Hawk Maritime Forest.

D markerPictured Rocks Lakeshore, Michigan -
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Grand Marais, MI 49839, USA
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Kayak miles of colorful sandstone cliffs from 50-200 feet high rise from Lake Superior's rugged shoreline and long stretches of white sand beach.

E markerPrince William Sound, Alaska -
Prince William Sound, Chugach National Forest, Alaska, USA
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Experience premier ecosystems with a diversity of wildlife and habitat enclosed by high mountains and glaciers, and protected from the high seas.

F markerCumberland Island, Georgia -
Cumberland Island National Seashore, St. Marys, GA 31558, USA
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The premiere sea-kayaking destination in the Southeast. Paddle across a maze of tidal marsh for 12 miles.

G markerAtchafalaya Basin Sea Kayaking, Louisiana -
Atchafalaya Basin, 525 Court Street, Port Allen, LA 70767, USA
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Filled with bayous, bald cypress swamps, and marshes that give way to more brackish conditions and end in the Spartina grass marshes.

H markerIsle Royal Sea Kayaking, Michigan -
Isle Royale National Park, 800 East Lake Shore Drive, Houghton, MI, USA
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The largest island in Lake Superior, Isle Royale is over 50 miles in length and is accompanied by multiple smaller islands.

I marker1000 Islands, Cocoa Beach, Florida -
Cocoa Beach, FL, USA
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A group of natural and modified mangrove islands in the Banana River Lagoon, Cocoa Beach in Brevard County, Florida.

J markerDown East Islands, Maine -
Down East Sunrise Trail, ME, USA
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Find out how wild, rugged, and wooly these islands are. One of the few areas left on the East Coast that has honest adventuring.

Fun Indoor Games and Activities

Sometimes you may not be able to go outdoors to be active. How drab! What can you do to be active? There are plenty of games and activities you can do. With children or teens, you can play Freeze Dance, Hoola-Hoop, or Rock the SeeSaw. If you're by yourself, you can get active with a variety of video programs from yoga to kickboxing to cardio with kettlebells. You don't need a lot of space for any of these activities. In fact, you only need enough space where you can stretch your arms and legs. This most likely will be right in front of your television set which is perfect since you will be following along with the video training.

Fun cooking activities can be done with family and friends.
Fun cooking activities can be done with family and friends. | Source

Fun Cooking Activities

Rushing home after work to eat dinner doesn't bring pleasant thoughts of cooking. In fact, we're usually ravished by the time we get home. Therefore, we want to eat and eat now! Cooking sometimes doesn't even get done. This is why drive-thru dining has become big business. The convenience of having food within a moment sometimes seems practical. However, it's not always healthy. To stay healthy, have a snack on the way home. A protein shake, a few nuts, and an apple are great snack sources to tie you over. Or, you may even want to snack on veggies and a healthy spinach or artichoke dip while you are cooking. Food is more appreciated by all who are involved in the cooking activity, so gather your family together and try out new recipes. Make it fun!

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Below are five simple tips to help you enjoy cooking whether by yourself or with family and friends:

  1. Have a positive attitude. Know that you are feeding your body health when you personally pick the ingredients and cook.
  2. Make cooking simple. By keeping it simple, cooking won't seem like a chore. Besides, who wants to wait hours for a meal?
  3. Be creative. If you are missing an ingredient, supplement it with another. Trying new things can be fun.
  4. Relax. Use cooking as a type of meditation. Let yourself unwind from a hard day's work and focus at your task at hand. Play music while you're cooking. By doing this, you begin to relax.
  5. Enjoy. Allow the aromas of food, as well as taste-testing, bring pleasure.

Some activities you may enjoy with family and friends may include some of the following:

  • Looking for recipes. Find recipes with family and friends. Pick some that you all may enjoy cooking together.
  • Joining a cooking class. A cooking class or two may be a fun with your friends. It will provide you with new ideas and possibly meet new friends.
  • Experimenting. Come up with new recipe ideas with family. Use ingredients that everyone loves, and see what you can come up with.

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About the author

Abby Campbell, BSc, SFN, SSN, CPT, is a leading professional fitness and nutrition expert, researcher, and published author. For the past 10 years, she has coached thousands of women locally and online to lose body fat and lead healthy lifestyles. Her clients have lost thousands of pounds, reclaimed health, and call her “Coach No Gimmick.” She is from Northern Virginia but now resides near Charlotte, North Carolina. Abby has been married for 20 years and has three grown daughters, one of which is autistic. She is a 19 year cancer survivor.

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SaffronBlossom 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I love that you mention kettlebell as an indoor activity! I did kettlebell for a semester in law school and my body got stronger and leaner so fast--that is an amazing workout. Great hub!


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Good morning, SaffronBlossom. Yesterday, I noticed that you commented back to a responder of one of your hubs "when I was an attorney." I didn't know you had been in that profession. Wow! I don't know whether you're still practicing or not, but you are an awesome writer and I hope you will continue with it as well. :-) And, yes, kettlebells are great workouts. I love it!


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SaffronBlossom 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Yes, I went to law school and then was an attorney for about six months before I realized that wasn't how I wanted to live my life! Too many hours and too much stress...now I have a low-key job that I enjoy. Thank you for the compliment on my writing! You are an awesome writer as well--your hubs are so educational and useful!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

All good suggestions, Abby! I have been hiking and kayaking for forty years now....I'm sixty-four and my health is wonderful and I feel great....good genes or good, healthy lifestyle? Maybe a little of both I think. :)


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

That's wonderful, billybuc! Hiking and kayaking are two of my favorite things to do. I love the peace nature brings me. I think good genes and a healthy lifestyle both contribute. Keep it up! :-)

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