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10 Activities I Like to Do in Summertime

Updated on September 3, 2020
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I grew up in Malaysia, where I enjoyed cooking and eating local dishes every day.

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Summer is the best time to be outside and getting the sun as much as we can. Hiking up! Beautiful view!
Summer is the best time to be outside and getting the sun as much as we can.
Summer is the best time to be outside and getting the sun as much as we can.
Hiking up!
Hiking up!
Beautiful view!
Beautiful view!

Summer

Summer is the perfect time for us to do outdoor activities. Though this year is a little bit different on how we can enjoy the summer vacation, I try to enjoy it as much as I can with extra care. If I go walking outside, I'd be wearing a mask and try to be six feet away from others. During this time, it's essential to be diligent and aware of the surroundings when we are outside.

Before moving to the US, I have never done some of the activities and some I had. For example, I have never made salsa in my life, and now it becomes one of the things that I like to do before the summer ends. The other thing is that I never drink green juice in Malaysia. It has never been in my diet. However, after I moved here, I have exercised more than I have been before, and I love drinking a green smoothie as my post work out.

I hope the activities can bring ideas and tips for you to get healthy and stress-free. Remember it's not too late to enjoy the activities you like during the summertime with your family. Have a great summer everyone!

Ten Activities I Like to Do in Summertime

1. Exercise

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I track my work out every day so I can achieve my goal. My home gym equipment is basic. However, I love working out here every day.
I track my work out every day so I can achieve my goal.
I track my work out every day so I can achieve my goal.
My home gym equipment is basic. However, I love working out here every day.
My home gym equipment is basic. However, I love working out here every day.

Summer is the best time to exercise. Usually, I prefer working out in the morning after a simple breakfast. I started with a cup of coffee and a fruit bar. Sometimes, I cheat with a blueberry muffin. I like to combine my exercise with cardio, lifting weights, and running on a treadmill. If you don't have any exercise equipment at home, don't worry. Put on your walking shoes or sneakers and go walk outside in your neighborhood.

2. Make Healthy Drink

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Green boost smoothie. A combination of broccoli, kale, spinach, banana, lemon, apple, parsley, and barley grass. Fruit smoothie is one of my favorite drinks during summer. Homemade beet juice.
Green boost smoothie. A combination of broccoli, kale, spinach, banana, lemon, apple, parsley, and barley grass.
Green boost smoothie. A combination of broccoli, kale, spinach, banana, lemon, apple, parsley, and barley grass.
Fruit smoothie is one of my favorite drinks during summer.
Fruit smoothie is one of my favorite drinks during summer.
Homemade beet juice.
Homemade beet juice.

During summer, one of my favorite drinks to make, besides iced coffee, is fruit smoothies. You'll be amazed at how making smoothies at home so easy. By the way, you'll save a lot of money rather than buying them at the store. The best thing about making smoothies at home, you can choose what type of fruit or vegetable that you want. Usually, I drink a smoothie as my post work out. However, I also like it in the afternoon while I was sitting on the porch.

3. Make Salsa

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Homemade salsa. Salsa is in a jar and ready to be sealed.
Homemade salsa.
Homemade salsa.
Salsa is in a jar and ready to be sealed.
Salsa is in a jar and ready to be sealed.

Salsa is a summer recipe that I usually never missed to make at home. I first learn how to make salsa from my mother-in-law. By the way, summer is a perfect time to jar your homemade salsa. I like to go to a farmer's market to get fresh ingredients for making salsa. This year, I will do the same.

4. Grill On The Porch

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Tandoori chicken. Chicken satay.
Tandoori chicken.
Tandoori chicken.
Chicken satay.
Chicken satay.

Grilling on a porch or at the backyard is a requisite activity during summer. As much as it is a hot day in June or July, grilling is a fun activity with your family. Decor your porch or backyard with a picnic table, chairs, plates, cups, and utensils, you are ready to smell delightful smell from the meat burning on the charcoal grill. I don't have a backyard, so I enjoy grilling on my porch.

5. Eat Fresh Fruit

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Sweet red and juicy watermelon. Sweet yellow and juicy pineapple. Sweet and juicy rambutan.
Sweet red and juicy watermelon.
Sweet red and juicy watermelon.
Sweet yellow and juicy pineapple.
Sweet yellow and juicy pineapple.
Sweet and juicy rambutan.
Sweet and juicy rambutan.

Fresh fruits are easy to find during summertime. I love getting myself pineapple, watermelon, oranges, raspberries, mangoes, and many others. I eat more fresh fruit during summer rather than fall or winter. The juiciness of the fruits is perfect for the hot weather.

6. Play Basketball

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Let's play!My husband and I play basketball at the park.
Let's play!
Let's play!
My husband and I play basketball at the park.
My husband and I play basketball at the park.

Summer is the perfect time to do a new activity. Before moving to the US, I have never played basketball. My husband used to play while he was in high school. I love trying something that I never have done before. By the way, I used to play netball in high school so, it is a little bit similar to that. This summer, I have asked my husband to teach me how to play basketball. I have fun playing and shooting the ball into the net. We play at the park where it has a basketball hoop.

7. Take A Walk

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Walk by the small creek. Walk near the park.
Walk by the small creek.
Walk by the small creek.
Walk near the park.
Walk near the park.

Believe it or not, walking is one of the best exercises you can do if you're not a fan of high-intensity activity. Before I started exercising, I love walking in the park. It doesn't take a lot of time to think about what you should be wearing and where to go. If there is no park by your house, you can walk by the neighborhood. Trust me, walking can take away your stress and clear your mind.

8. Eat Popsicle

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Pineapple popsicle. Raspberry popsicle.
Pineapple popsicle.
Pineapple popsicle.
Raspberry popsicle.
Raspberry popsicle.

Everyone loves eating popsicle during summertime. My husband and I are fans of fruit bars or popsicles. Most of the time, we have it while watching tv or while sitting outside on a porch. My favorite is pineapple and mango flavor.

9. Make Iced Coffee

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Cold brew coffee.Caramel iced latte.
Cold brew coffee.
Cold brew coffee.
Caramel iced latte.
Caramel iced latte.

So, one of my favorite things to do while simmering hot weather in the afternoon is drinking iced coffee. I love making iced coffee at home. From iced vanilla latte to cold brew coffee, you name it. I have done it! Iced coffee is a perfect companion during summertime. I like sipping the coffee while sitting outside on the porch or while reading a book.

10. Clean and Organize

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Organize the bookshelves. Clean up!
Organize the bookshelves.
Organize the bookshelves.
Clean up!
Clean up!

Last but not least, before the summer ends, I like to clean up and organize inside the house. Before transitioning to Fall, I make sure the house remains tidy. Therefore, I clean up a specific area such as the bathroom, closet, and office. While cleaning up, I like opening the window to let the sun brightens, especially in the living room and the bedroom. Fresh air is the best to start your day. Besides, clean up and organize gives me extra activities to do if I don't want to go outside.

© 2020 Liza

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      9 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Umesh.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      9 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Good suggestions. Well presented.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      10 months ago from USA

      Hi Devika, summer is almost over. September's weather is so nice right now. It is cooler in the morning and slightly warm later in the afternoon. However, these activities are still can be done. Thank you for taking the time to read and commenting! Have a lovely weekend.

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      Devika Primić 

      10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Liza These activities are awesome! Each and every one is beneficial and I enjoyed reading your suggestions for summertime.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      You're welcome. I hope everyone enjoying their summer! Thank you for reading, Vandna.

    • Vandna Patel profile image

      thoughtsprocess 

      11 months ago from Navsari (India)

      Hi Liza,

      Thank you so much for sharing this article with us. I enjoyed reading this.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Lisha, for commenting. These activities do keeping me busy! Smoothies and cold coffee are my favorite beverages in the summertime. Have a great summer!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      Thank you, FlourishAnyway. My mother-in-law has an apricot tree and an apple tree. I remember picking up these fruits during summer last year. However, this year seems a little bit different. The trees do not produce healthy-looking fruits. Have a great summer!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Linda. Summer is a great time to enjoy these activities. I hope you have a great summer!

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      Lisha C 

      11 months ago

      This is a good list of things to do to keep busy and cool during the summer. Smoothies and cold coffee are great, especially in hot weather.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      I enjoy several of the activities on your list, most especially walking, organizing, and eating peaches and watermelon.

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      Linda Crampton 

      11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoy doing several things on your list, including making smoothies, eating fresh fruit, and going for walks. Your article is a great reminder to make the most of summer.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      You're welcome. It's hard not to enjoy ice cream and cold coffee during summertime. Yes, fruit and vegetable smoothies are the best for summer drinks. I prefer making these cold beverages during the afternoon time as it is the best time to enjoy them. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      11 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Great things to do in the summertime. I enjoy ice cream and cold coffee, in fact, a lot of healthy cold beverages make up my go-to summer drinks. Thanks for sharing your list.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Lora. I tried to do as many as I could to be stress-free at home. I started my day by work out in the morning. A green smoothie or fruit smoothie is one of my favorites as a post-workout drink. I hope you try to make one because I'm sure you'll like it! By the way, I prefer to make the salsa before the summer ends. This year, I plan to make more than last year because my husband loves salsa. Salsa is not just good with chips but with fried eggs too! Thank you for stopping by, Lora. Have a nice day!

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      I love your suggestions for fun activities to do in the summer. Walking is a great way to exercise and to help relieve stress. I love to walk my dogs in the park too. Smoothies are a great drink to have especially in the summer. And the summer certainly is the time to enjoy such a variety of fresh fruit. Thanks for the green smoothy ingredients too. I will make that soon. I'll have to try making my own salsa. What a great idea!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      Hi Alyssa, I enjoy so much walking in the park. It will continue until the Fall comes. I can't wait. By the way, I agree nature is the best way to release stress. Summertime is the best time to make smoothies at home. I love the fresh taste of mixed fruits and vegetables. Though I drink most of the time after work out, I love them in the afternoon as well. I'm glad I have mentioned salsa on the list, and you're welcome!

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      Alyssa 

      11 months ago from Ohio

      This is a great list of summer activity ideas! I love that you encourage people to walk outside. There's nothing like getting out in nature to calm the mind. My family loves visiting our state parks. I enjoy making fresh smoothies, too! I've never tried to make salsa. I'm going to add that to my to-do list! Thanks for the idea!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      Hi Tery, summer is a wonderful time for us to be active by doing outdoor activities. I like strolling and walking in the park on the weekend. On weekdays, I prefer working out at home. Yes, I like making smoothies in the summertime as it's easy to find fresh vegetables and fruits from the market. Thank you for commenting.

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      Tery Peta 

      11 months ago from Bulgaria

      Such a great article. I do many of these things during the summer as well. I really enjoy making juices from fresh seasonal ingredients during this time of the year.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      It is. I had such a great time making smoothies at home. I choose what I wanted to add in the smoothies, and you know what? I save a lot of money too. Thank you for stopping by, Dejah.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      Thank you, Liz. By the way, I hope to stay and do the outdoor activities till the summer ends. It's important to be healthy during this pandemic time. Of course, I'll make sure to take precautions while I'm outside.

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 months ago from UK

      This is a great list of summer activities to encourage us all to make the most of this season.

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      Dejah 

      11 months ago from Reyes

      Home made smoothies in the morning much recommended. Love this

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      Peggy, the hot temperature is certainly our enemy. By the way, I prefer doing outdoor activities in the morning. Usually, we ended walking and playing basketball before 11 o'clock and leave the park before noon. As much as I like doing these activities in the summertime, I can't wait for Fall. Thank you for your appreciation of my photos!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      Hi Abby, some of the activities are new to me. However, I have enjoyed doing them so far. I can write more than ten activities I like to do in the summertime. But, these are my favorites especially, exercise, make healthy drinks, take a walk, and playing basketball. Thank you for commenting!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      Hi Danny, thanks for commenting. Yes, walking by the creek and the park are my favorite things to do.

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      Peggy Woods 

      11 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I enjoyed reading about the ten things you enjoy doing in the summertime. We are under a heat advisory today and have been enduing feel-like temperatures well above 100 degrees, so our outdoor activities are curtailed right now. Your photos, by the way, are spectacular!

    • Abby Slutsky profile image

      Abby Slutsky 

      11 months ago from America

      This is a nice collection of summer activities. You have mentioned many that I like to do myself. I enjoy taking walks and finding new places to explore.

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      Danny 

      11 months ago from India

      Interesting activities. I liked walking by the creek.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      11 months ago from USA

      Nikhil, thank you for your generous comment and thought.

      I live in Northern Utah. In the summertime, the highest temperature we reached is between 90-96 degrees. However, other parts of Utah reach to triple digits number. Summer can be cruel here, but I tried my best to live with it by doing stuff or activity that can make me feel better. I prefer working out in the morning while the temperature is still not so hot.

      Yes, all photos are mine. Thank you for liking them. I have a great time playing basketball. My husband and I tried to make this as a routine on the weekend. It's nice to know that you like playing basketball, Nikhil. Please do things that can make you feel good during this hard time. Let's hope everything will get back to normal.

      We have to be positive, and hopefully, the pandemic will end soon!

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      11 months ago from India

      Hi Liza!

      It's always such a pleasure to read your article, and this is no exception. While people in the US and the UK enjoy summer, we Indians not so much. Mostly because of the scorching heat in parts of the Northern region where we live.

      As much as the article, I enjoyed the high-quality and clean photos you shared here. I'm sure they're all clicked by you. It's good to know that you've learned how to basketball, thanks to your husband. Even I also like playing basketball but didn't any court nearby. Things have changed a bit due to this pandemic, but we shouldn't stop enjoying ourselves during this time. Thanks for this wonderful article.

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