By Melanie Kondor
College is long over for the spring semester, and many students are trying to stay active during their summer vacations. This time of year is filled with fun, relaxation, and -- most of the time -- the sun! Even though this summer started off as not-so-hot and oh-so-groggy (and full of rain), we still need to be safe and healthy in this hot and humid season. There are many great ways to be healthy and active during the summer, and they are all easy to do.
There are many hobbies that students are getting involved in to stay physically active this summer. It is not only important that our bodies stay active during the summer, but as college students, we should keep our brains active too. After speaking with several college students from the area, I learned a lot of new ways that students are staying active during their time off from school (some of these ways involve NOT having time off from school though!).
Some students that are staying active in the summer, like Nicole, a senior at Connecticut College, are studying abroad. Nicole is finishing up her study-abroad term this summer in London, England, and loving every minute of it. This is a great way to keep your brain active during your time off from school in the summer.
Another student keeping their brain active is Ryan, a senior at the University of Hartford. Ryan is taking a summer course in history online this summer. Stephanie, a graduate student enrolled in Fairfield University’s accelerated nursing program, is also working very hard to keep her brain healthy and active this summer. Her summer consists of several different nursing courses, lots of clinical hours in various hospitals, and, in her downtime, Sudoku puzzles! These are all great ways to keep our minds working hard in the summer when we are not in school; other (less expensive) ways to do so are to read books for pleasure, or to do crossword puzzles.
I also spoke with many students who are aiming to keep their bodies healthy and active during the summer. Meredith is a Bunnell High School graduate as of June and she is looking to avoid the dreaded “Freshman 15” before she even arrives at Hofstra University in the fall. She is doing so by dieting and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables during the summer; she has also given up fast food and pizza entirely!
Another student trying to stay in shape this summer is Veseth, a senior at UCONN. Veseth purchased a gym membership this summer and has been attending regularly since school got out in May. His good friend, Joe, also a senior at UCONN, often joins him at the gym when he does not work at a local distributing company. Joe’s job keeps him on the move constantly and it involves lifting heavy boxes all day; Joe says it is a great way to get paid to work out. Many students say that they find motivation in staying healthy especially during the summertime.
Some hobbies that students are getting involved in this summer are listed below. There are tons of other physical hobbies out there that are easy to pick up, especially with the warm weather of the summer months. Feel free to comment with your own hobbies!
-Frisbee or Ultimate Frisbee
-Baseball or softball
Some other general safety tips for the summer are as follows:
- Drink plenty of water! (About 6 or 8 glasses a day to be specific)
- Wear plenty of sunscreen and reapply immediately after swimming
- Also reapply every 2-3 hours when outdoors
- Be sure to wear a helmet when biking, rollerblading, etc.
- Wear light colors in the summer as they reflect the sun’s energy
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine consumption as much as possible; these types of beverages as well as carbonated beverages, like soda, can dehydrate the body.
- Wear hats or sunglasses when outside.
- Eat light meals more often during the day.
- Especially fruits and veggies
Some things that I am personally doing to stay active this summer include returning to my high school job at Stop & Shop, as well as interning here at Church Hill Classics! I am also keeping myself busy by going for runs around my neighborhood, attending a few concerts and shows (for all ages) with friends, and spending time with my family. Other plans for my summer involve some serious beach time (with plenty of sunscreen!), maybe a road trip here or there, and of course visiting some friends from school.
Check out these links for more information on staying active this summer:
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - Summer Fun Brings More Emergency Room Visits
eHow.com - How to Stay Healthy During Summer
Every College Girl - Fun Ways to Stay Fit This Summer
The Ball State Daily News - College, high school age Hoosiers more active and healthy, report shows