How to make the most of a rainy day

It’s that time of year in Lee County, when the weather is hot and humid, and thunderstorms can crop up at any moment. In many ways, the rain is wonderful, a key component of Southwest Florida’s green, lush environment, and the lightning displays and rainbows are often breathtaking. However, frequent summer storms can make it difficult to make outdoor plans, and since most of the year is sunny and clear in Lee County, residents are not accustomed to staying indoors.

Don’t let a rainy day stop you from leading a healthy, active lifestyle though. Here are some ideas about how to make the most of a rainy day!

Indoor play areas – Pack up the kids and journey to one of the area’s many indoor play areas featuring trampolines, bounce houses and other activities. In many cases, parents and grandparents can join the fun, and everyone will benefit from the boost of endorphins and release of energy.

Living room romps – If you prefer to stay off the roads, a wise decision during extremely harsh storms, spend some time working out indoors. Do a workout video, enjoy some quiet time with yoga or play an indoor game like charades with friends and family. Engage kids in active indoor games like building forts out of blankets, playing Simon Says and table football.

Cook up a storm – While it’s storming outside, use that time to cook healthy meals that you can freeze for later in the week. Chop up fruits and vegetables for an easy grab-and-go snack.

Join the gym – If you don’t already belong to a gym, perhaps because you prefer to run, walk or play outdoor sports, consider joining one on a month-to-month contract during the summer season. It may cost a little more than

Slowing down even for a few months out of the year can have a negative impact on your health and lead to injury when you resume a more active lifestyle. It can also impact your state of mind. Stay fit all summer long with these tips, and share your own ideas! Post your rainy day fitness opportunity on this blog!

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