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Get Moving This Summer: 3 Activity Ideas for the Whole Family

family summer chiropracticSummer is here!  The sun is out and the weather is warm – no better time to get outside and make lifelong memories with the ones you love.  There are hundreds of activities for you and your family to choose from when deciding what to do on these precious summer days.  When you choose an activity that gets your heart rate up and your blood flowing, not only do you benefit from those “happy-feeling” endorphins that put everyone in a better mood, you also get the chance to teach your family how to make exercise a fun and enjoyable habit that they can carry with them as they grow older.

Here are 3 activity ideas to get the whole family moving this summer:

1. Bike Rides: In Chicago and in the surrounding suburbs, there are a wide variety of bike trails suitable for all ages.  Pack the bikes, a picnic lunch and snacks as well as plenty of water for your off-road trail adventure!  Leave the cell phones on silent and make the most of your quality time on some of Chicago’s most family friendly bike trails (1).

2. Day Hikes: A day hike is a perfect mini-escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.  There are fantastic resources available, such as the 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles series (2) (a TBC staff favorite!) which offer detailed information on hikes in and around Chicago – some of which are even accessible by public transportation.  With so many trails to choose from, finding one for your family will be a breeze.  Don’t forget the bug spray!

3. Explore Your City: Plan a day to explore your city!  Plan a guided walking tour to either major landmarks, hidden gems or a mixture of both.  Breaking away from the day to day routine and learning more about your own city can be an exciting journey and a great way to create memories right in your own backyard.

Whether you enjoy the great outdoors or are happiest in the heart of the city, make sure you take some time this summer to have fun and break a sweat!

(1) http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/parenting/chi-five-bike-rides-for-families-story.html

(2) http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/885999.60_Hikes_Within_60_Miles

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