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Summer is a great time for everyone to stay healthy and happy through physical activities. Staying active keeps us strong, mobile and full of energy. Whether we are into fitness or looking to try new things, there are many enjoyable activities to make the most of the season. Always prepare by applying sunscreen.

Physical Activities

Walking and Nature Strolls: Walking is a beneficial exercise for everyone. Enjoy walks in the park, neighborhood or nature trails to improve cardiovascular health and strengthen bones and muscles. It’s a chance to connect with nature, breathe fresh air and socialize with loved ones. Join local walking groups or clubs for a social and enjoyable experience.

Yoga and Stretching: These exercises improve flexibility, balance and relaxation. Enjoy outdoor yoga in parks or beaches for a dose of vitamin D. We can also practice yoga or stretching at home or in a peaceful outdoor spot.

Gardening: Try gardening to enjoy its physical benefits like improved strength, flexibility and endurance. Gardening also boosts mental well-being and gives us a sense of accomplishment. Plant flowers, tend to a vegetable garden or create beautiful landscapes. If we don’t have space, try container gardening or join a community garden to socialize with other gardening enthusiasts.

Water Aerobics: Water aerobics is a fantastic way to exercise and stay cool in the summer. It’s a low-impact workout that eases stress on joints and muscles, making it perfect for those with arthritis or mobility concerns. Water aerobics improves cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and muscle strength, all while having fun in the water.

Cycling: Cycling is a great way to explore and improve cardiovascular fitness. Grab a bicycle and ride through parks, bike trails or the neighborhood. Make it more enjoyable and social by organizing group rides with friends or joining local cycling clubs. Don’t forget to wear a helmet and stay hydrated during cycling adventures.

Dancing: Dancing is a fun and social activity for all mobility levels. Join dance classes at local studios or community centers or dance at home to some favorite music. It’s a great way to burn calories while improving coordination, balance and flexibility.

Summer is a great time for physical activities that keep you active, energized and connected to nature. Consult a healthcare provider before starting any new exercise and listen to the body.

Roman E. Finn, M.D., is the owner of Center For Integrative & Traditional Medicine, located at 2 Madison Ave., in Paramus. For appointments and more information, call 201-291-0401 or visit

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