Friday, May 23, 2014

Barbecue Games to Get in Shape for

Now that barbecue season is upon us, it’s time to ponder all the outdoor activities (and delicious foods) there are to explore. From playing horseshoes after a healthy serving of chips and dip, to topping off a swimming race with cherry pie, there are any number of fair-weather combinations to enjoy. 

Whether you prefer yard-based games or would rather spend your afternoons near the snack table, consider getting in shape for your favorite summer activities. Such as:

Yard Games

Heavy favorites, such as Frisbee, washers, beanbags, horseshoes, and more, all allow you to enjoy the nice weather. And while they may not be the most strenuous of movements (depending on how serious you are about your Frisbee game), they offer the ability to get some blood pumping either before or after the food has been served.

Summer Races

Runners and walkers alike can unite with these fun-themed races. Sign up to feed your competitive side, or simply enjoy the company as you are coated in colors, decked out in neon, or create a living version of the American flag. 


No matter your level of swimming, the pool can be great place to cool off for the summer. Jump in for a few intense laps, or wade the afternoon away with the help of a supportive floatation device. 

Hauling the Gear

While this might sound like a no-brainer, items like coolers and lawn chairs are often heavier than you’d think. If you’re not ready to pack light, remember to lift safely or practice by lifting smaller weights or stretching before each main backyard event. 

Foot Races

Whether chasing kids, a rogue firework, or any other number of items, summer can be a time of impromptu races. Staying mentally and physically prepared – for all of these ventures – can ensure a safer and happier outcome all around. 


Steven Pressfield said...

I think I need to find some kids to play capture the flag with. That would be a great workout!