SUMMER FITNESS FOR THE FAMILY
Warm weather, long days and plethora of choice makes summer a great time to enjoy being active with the whole family. Break up the routine and have some serious fun by trying something different.
It’s good for kids and adults alike to appreciate where their food comes from. Pick-your-own farms make it easy and fun, plus you get a day out in the country with some wholesome exercises that can vary from gentle to challenging, depending on the fruits you choose! You’ll be amazed what you will find within a couple of hours of your town or city, or you can venture further afield for a weekend trip. Pickit.com.au lists pick-your-own farms in each state, the foods available at each and their picking season. You only pay for what you pick at most places, with the price being a lot less and the taste a lot better than the fruit at your local supermarket.
Gear pick: Protect your face from the sun with the new, breathable 2XU Run Cap.
Trampolining entered the Olympics at Sydney in 2000, but it’s only in the last few years that trampolining centres have sprung up in suburbs and towns all over the country. It’s great fun for kids (who have the natural advantage of being fearless and lighter), plus it makes a great fitness activity too – one study even suggests that rebound exercise could have cardiovascular benefits similar to running.
Many centres have a foam pit where you can safely practice flips, or try basketball trampolining, where even the shorties can fulfil dreams of slam-dunking.
Gear pick: Ladies, here’s an activity that truly requires a Hi Impact Support Bra.
Harry Potter fans will be thrilled to learn that Quidditch doesn’t just exist in fiction – it’s very real and even has its own World Cup. There’s no flying on brooms, but you do run around with a stick between your legs. Teams are mixed in a sport that combines elements rugby, dodge ball and tag. With roles including ‘snitch’, ‘bludger’ and ‘seeker’, this running field sport is as fun as it sounds. Look for your local Quidditch league or simply check out the rules here and set up a game at your local park.
Gear pick: Grown-up legs can ward off broomstick-chafe with 2XU Compression Shorts. Available for men and women.
NIGHT NATURE WALKS
Like many teenagers, a lot of Australian native animals prefer to be active at night, so warm summer evenings are a good opportunity to play ‘spotlight’ with the local fauna. Just grab a few torches, some insect repellent and a big can of ‘shush’ so you can sneak up on the animals. Even close to major cities you’ll find owls, possums, mice, bats, lizards, frogs and sugar gliders. Further out you might even see bandicoots, koalas and kangaroos or wallabies. Check your local council for a list of native animals in your area.
Gear pick: Head out with 2XU’s light weight Perform Jacket, available for both men and women.
Anyone, young or old, can enjoy the thrill of riding a wave with a boogie board – no balance or advanced swimming skills required! They’re cheap, too, but be sure everyone has a board the right size for them – stood vertically, the board should be navel height. Always use the wrist or ankle strap, and position yourself on the board so your knees are just on the end. Try using some swim fins so you can really accelerate onto the waves. You don’t need much swell – even 30-60cm waves make for plenty of rippin’ and carvin’.
Gear pick: The quick drying, breathable 2XU Comp Tri Singlet will protect you from chest rash.
On rivers, lakes, harbours and beaches around the country, you’ll find plenty of places to rent out kayaks, surf-skis or canoes, so get paddling! It’s a great exercises for the back, shoulders and core, but even the littler ones can share in the action just fine if they share a watercraft with an adult. It’s a great way to explore, but even if you know the area, everything looks different from the water.
For bigger kids and fitter adults, look for dragon boating teams in your area to experience some serious speed across the water.
Gear pick: Pack towels, snacks and drinks for the trip in 2XU’s new Seamless Waterproof Bag.
If you have kids, then you should introduce them to golf – if they’re good, then they could make your retirement seriously comfortable! Long summer days means golf course are still open after work, often with discount ‘twilight’ fees. This is a great time for beginners and kids – less people are on the course and most serious players have long gone home. If you carry your own clubs and scurry after your balls, you’ll be surprised what a good workout you get over a couple hours.
Gear pick: Look the part in the 2XU Performance X Carbon Polo, available for both men and women.
This hot new activity combines technology with the outdoors for a treasure hunt all the family can enjoy. Caches are registered on several different websites, with more caches popping up in new areas every week. Geo caching is a great way for the kids to learn about the outdoors, problem solving and teamwork. You just need internet access and a GPS device – the GPS on your mobile phone will be fine. Look up the official Geocaching website to see the treasures hidden in your area and race the clock.
Gear pick: Tan those legs on the go and stay cool with 2XU’s Performance Low Rise Sock, available in men’s and women’s.
Abseiling – it’s as easy as falling down (well, nearly!). This is a great entry-level adventure sport that takes you to scenic outdoor locations where you can get both the heart rate and the adrenalin pumping. Strength is not a factor, so even small kids can join in and gain confidence, plus they will learn about safety and teamwork.
Always abseil with an experienced abseiler and/or commercial operator – look up an adventure sports operator near you or ask for a contact at your local climbing gym.
Gear pick: With the harness on, you’ll appreciate 2XU’s Sport Short – Long Leg
If it’s summer in Australia, then the tennis is on – so why not get involved? Even if tennis is not your sport, it’s great for hand-eye coordination and all-round fitness, speed and agility, especially if you play the new, speedier Fast 4 format recently seen on TV. It’s great for kids, too, as matches are over faster and there are no tedious deuce games or long tie-breaker or advantage sets. Alternatively, beginners can forget about the lines and multiple bounces and just keep count of the shots in rallies, always aiming to increase the number. Try teaming two kids against one adult.
Gear pick: Stay cool with 2XU’s light weight GHST Short Sleeve Top, which is made for hot, high-sweat conditions. Available in men’s and women’s.