5 New Things for Summer (Plus a Giveaway!)

SEPTEMBER 5th UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who contributed by sharing your ideas for an action and adventure-packed summer! Entries closed at midnight Pacific Time on August 31st.

We’re excited to announce the five random winners who will receive a $50 Athleta gift card — Erica, Nicole, Aimee, Amy, and Lisa. All winners have been contacted via email. CONGRATULATIONS ladies!

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Our Fall Collection arrived online and in stores this week. For Team Athleta, the shift of retail seasons is a reminder that, before we know it, summer will be over. To keep ourselves in the moment, we’re putting out this challenge: Do at least 5 new things before the Fall Equinox on September 22nd.

Check out our gallery of summer to-do ideas below, and learn how you can contribute to the fun for a chance to win an Athleta gift card!

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Share your ideas for a chance to win an Athleta gift card!

In the comments below, offer up some summer must-dos for our movement-minded community to consider. One entry per person, but list as many ideas as you can think of in your entry. On September 1st, we’ll select 5 random comments from entries received by midnight Pacific Time on August 31st to receive a $50 Athleta gift card as a “thank you” for sharing your ideas. Read the Official Rules Β»

Sarah Brooks

August 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Going kayaking in the river or ocean is a great way to get cooled off! Star gazing is great right now, the Perseid meteor showers happen every August, so if you live in a populated area take a hike to a place without light pollution and see some shooting stars! If you have kids (or even if you don’t!) geocaching is a fun way to get outside and look for treasure with your GPS. Check out geocaching.com.


August 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Here are some things I’ve tried so far this summer that I would HIGHLY recommend:
1) Indoor rock-climbing- I was a great workout and provided a great challenge for me
2) Mountain biking on trails – I found some great trails and a bike park near my house that have proved to be both challenging and exhilarating
3) Sign up for a sprint triathlon – I signed up for my first (very nervewracking!)
4) Swimming in the lake – especially a great view around the time of sunrise/sunset
5) Cycling class – incredibly hard workout, but it was actually kind of fun with the loud music and an encouraging trainer
6) Water Tabata – a class at my local Y that is a fun workout!
7) The next things on my list are water skiiing and whitewater rafting πŸ™‚


August 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm

This sounds ridiculous, but river snorkeling & lead weight recovery is my new favorite hobby. While currents are always something to be cautious of, late summer water levels are usually low and slow especially if you carefully select shores of river straightaways or the outer edge of a river bend. All you need now is a cheap mask, a snorkel, some thick gloves and a mesh bag!

Swimming in a river is awesome all on its own, but swimming and snorkeling with a purpose makes it funner. Fishermen’s lost lead weights look delicious to loons and other waterbirds, but their appetite eventually gives them lead poisoning. That’s where your treasure hunting comes in – kick into the current while you scavenge for those little weights and then dispose of them properly at your region’s hazardous waste disposal. MAKE SURE YOU WEAR THICK GLOVES so you won’t need to worry about wayward hooks! There’s nothing more exciting than surfacing after a little lead recovery workout to find you’re swimming alongside the same waterbirds you’re trying to help!

Roberta Sanders

August 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Here are a few ideas…
1. Run a 5k
2. Try a triathlon
3. Hike local trails near your vacation spot
4. Disc golf game with friends
5. Try an outdoor yoga class
6. Try an adult gymnastics class, but have ice and Advil ready
7. Rock climb or boulder outdoors
8. Try an organized bike ride. They usually have pit stops with food and water.
9. Go canoeing
10. Try white-water rafting
11. Hike a mountain and zip-line down. We did this near Lake AtΓ­tlan in Guatemala. The hike over waterfalls and the views on the way down were so cool!
12. Teach swim lessons to young kids. It’s a great workout.
13. Waterski and tube behind a jet boat on a lake
14. Try out a cross fit session
15. Wanna get out of the heat? Try a spinning class indoors.
16. Teach a gymnastics class to young kids. You’ll burn calories and tone muscle lifting and chasing them around. Plus you get to be in the A/C.
17. Join a recreational softball or sand volleyball league.
18. Go camping. Just setting up a tent is a workout.
19. Swim indoors or out
20. Try surfing or just body surfing
21. Play roller hockey
22. Rollerblade around a lake
23. Go birding
24. Cliff jump and rope swing in a beautiful river
25. Go caving
26. Plant Nd cultivate a garden


August 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Items on my summer “bucket list”
-mountain biking on some of our great state park trails
-yoga in the park
-a 5K with my daughter (her first)!
-live life; have an awesome time!


August 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm

This summer? Hmmm. Well,
*if you haven’t done it yet, run a 5k. It’s fun and gives you just a taste of what the running world is like. It doesn’t matter how fast you go, you’re in once you do it.
*Go skinny dipping. I did it for the first time this summer. Yeah, I’m a mom who’s never skinny dipped! And it felt so liberating!
*Go for a ride in a hot air balloon. Haven’t done it yet, but want to do it at the balloon festival in September here. It’s on my list of things to do…
*Go grilling in a park by a lake. So relaxing!
*Go for a run at night when the kids are asleep and your honey is sitting on the couch. Have some “me” time. Just don’t forget the pepper spray and reflectors!
*Go rollerskating. A great past time, and just as fun as when you were a kid. While you’re at it, you’ll feel those outer thighs burn.
*Check out a Farmer’s Market. Healthy natural foods at your fingertips. And prety inexpensive too!
*Take your bike and go get groceries with it. Holly homemaker, here we come! A mommy who can grocery shop and exercise all at the same time…
*Try out at least one trail run. It uses other muscles than hitting the pavement.

And have fun! Don’t think you’re too old or busy to try new things because new things mean a newer and fresher you!!!! πŸ™‚

Sarah Carbajal

August 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Fall is here and I haven’t even come close to completing my TO DO LIST of great things.
But here are some I will attempt to do before September 22, 2013 , my favorite time of year, FALL!!
1) Hike a trail with my husband
2) RIDE my bike to work ( 11 miles one way)
3) Go backpacking over Labor Day Holiday
4) RUN- start training for my first 1/2 marathon on November 10th
5) Go to Yoga at Athleta store in Roseville, CA
( my last chance tomorrow 8/16, since school starts on Tuesday. Back to work I go, teaching my amazing Kindergarteners.

Tiffany Yu

August 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

1. Finding balance with SUP yoga
2. Conquering new heights while rock climbing
3. Feeling the ocean breeze with a beach run
4. Hike some new trails
5. Bike ride to the beach with some treats along the way
6. Run on a new route or trail
7. Swim in the ocean
8. Triathlon workout in one day. Run. Bike. Swim.
9. Rollerblade to a farmers market
10. Go for a night run decked out in glow sticks
11. Try a new class at the gym
12. Go on your farthest run yet

Stefanie R

August 16, 2013 at 6:06 am

I LOVE going out on my SUP, and I purchase rentals for friends and family as often as I can so I can get others as hooked as I am. My other outdoors fun in the summer includes Mountain Biking on trails, running trails, road cycling (another new one for me), hiking, beach strolls, attempting to surf, and frolicking in the surf when I can get to the beach.

Susan G

August 16, 2013 at 6:07 am

Things to try:
1. Arial Yoga
2. Dancing in the Park Classes
3. Boot Camp with your dog!
4. Biking early in the morning
5. Log rolling


August 16, 2013 at 6:10 am

Here are some things on my list:
Learning the Texas Two Step
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” -Anais Nin

Amy Gorton

August 16, 2013 at 6:15 am

Step out of your comfort zone – sign up for a triathlon or running race.
Learn how to sail.
Find a local cycling, running or triathlon club and join in on their workouts.

Erin A

August 16, 2013 at 6:16 am

SUP Yoga
Kayaking with the kids
Boot camp
Run on the beach
Rock climbing lessons at a gym

Run With Jess

August 16, 2013 at 6:16 am

I already do a lot of run/cycle/yoga things on a regular basis… but here’s NEW ideas that I’d like to try…
rock wall climbing
salsa dancing
hike Starved Rock

Nicole M

August 16, 2013 at 6:18 am

Just moved back to the desert southwest! Love it in southeastern Arizona. So my list includes
-Hiking in the Mountain.
-Cycling around town.
-Canoe on the the lake.
-Bird watching along the river (we are in the hummingbird capital)
-and my favorite! an OCR or us run.

Shelby Triglianos

August 16, 2013 at 6:18 am

Save gas!
Grab a bike and try out commuting, touring, or just running errands. It saves gas and gets you moving.
Kayaks and canoes are great ways to get places instead of jumping on your boat, plan an afternoon excursion, find a place to picnic and swim. It’s a great way to spend a day with friends

Janice Kennedy

August 16, 2013 at 6:21 am

1. SUP
2. Yoga in the park
3. Go hiking with family
4. Run on the beach
5. Go kayaking
6. White water rafting
6. Zip lining


August 16, 2013 at 6:22 am

We plan to take intro to outdoor rock climbing in September – great way to transition over from indoor climbing (and hopefully a lot of fun!).

Also kayaking would be a great way to enjoy the rest of summer!

Jenny Coates

August 16, 2013 at 6:24 am

Our must-do list in Burlington, Vermont includes: kayaking, Paddleboarding, hiking the beautiful mountains and I can’t forget a nice relaxing run. Anything where we can have fun and enjoy nature as well as exercise is a perfect combination! If we can bring our two year old daughter along that is great too!! We can do a swim in the lake and local berry picking too!!

Michele Phillips

August 16, 2013 at 6:31 am

1) HOT yoga – I got a groupon for it recently!
2) Cross Fit- you don’t have to go to an actual CF place; look up a workout of the day online and give it a try!
3) Running naked – no devices, no tracking of pace, time or distance. Remember your love of the sport!
4) Sign up for a race of any kind
5) start a training journal


August 16, 2013 at 6:36 am

Go Canoeing, if kayaking isn’t your thing. I saw that a lot of people suggested it. Hike a new mountain, maybe one you have to drive to.


August 16, 2013 at 6:41 am

So many good ones already posted! How about —
Support someone who is following her dreams–go to a yoga class taught by someone who just finished teacher training or attend new class that hasn’t been established yet. Invite all your friends.
Make a meal from all local produce bought from your farmer’s market.
Go for a long evening walk with your loved ones as often as possible before the days get short again–don’t forget the dog!
Hike. SUP. Kayak. Run. Invite someone you’d like to get to know better to come along.
Go on a date with your partner.
Wear lots of sun dresses–and sunscreen!
Start a meditation practice.
Read a good book.


August 16, 2013 at 6:41 am

So far this summer I have tried many new things! Spin class, an exercise class on a giant trampoline, a mud run, taking my kids for a run with me. Next up is volunteering at a 5K, a water-themed race, a Spartan! Also need to do more hiking with my kids for sure!

Lisa Grigg

August 16, 2013 at 6:42 am

Make a commitment to do at least 1 active thing with your kids each day. Try hiking, swimming in the lake, or a bike ride or even something simple like dancing around to music or playing in the rain. Shake off those end of summer blahs and keep connected with each other as the hectic school year begins. Get moving!


August 16, 2013 at 6:42 am

I’m doing an intro class in Aerial Circus Silks. Basically I will dangling gracefully (or most likely clinging clumsily) to two pieces of fabric that hang from a single point on the ceiling. It’s something I’d never heard of or imagined doing before, but I can’t pass up the adventure and chance to try something new!

Debbie H

August 16, 2013 at 6:42 am

Now that the kids are back in school, I have a little more flexibility to focus on me. Before summer is over I want to:
1. Do a mud run!
2. Check out a Color run, with a group of girlfriends πŸ™‚
3. Find a yoga studio fit (and try new classes)
4. Try SUP
5. Waterski!!!!
6. Walk the dog along the lakeshore & see what he discovers
7. Hike the Prairie.
8. Follow a trail all the way to the end.
9. Dance in the rain, or under the stars.
10. Be mindful of how much fun movement is


August 16, 2013 at 6:42 am

My bucket list includes:
Beach kayaking
Join a women’s softball team
Dance lessons
Nightly swim at the Y

Stephanie P

August 16, 2013 at 6:50 am

Here’s some random thoughts:

1. Try skydiving! It doesn’t really require athleticism, but if you’re looking for something new and exhilarating, it’s the mother lode.

2. Sign up for an event that will challenge you. If you’re a runner, try a sprint triathlon. If you’re a runner who needs a new challenge, sign up for a longer distance than you’ve done before. Or how about one of those challenge events (like Tough Mudder or similar)? Look for something new.

3. Try a bootcamp class. This is one of my regular workouts, but no two are ever the same; there are new ways to challenge your body and push yourself every time.

4. Give yourself the gift of slowing down after all those workouts with some restorative stretching. The older you get, the more you need it, but if you’re smart, you’ll start early (I had to learn this lesson the hard way, which is why this is a new challenge for me).


August 16, 2013 at 6:50 am

So today is Aug 16, which gives me a little more than a month before the Fall Equinox. A month isn’t enough time to make major goals, but it is just enough time to get in some short term meaningful ones. This is what I came up with!
1. PR for 5K Race on Sept 7th
2. Make a photobook/coffee table book with all the pictures of the last year I spent traveling in SE Asia. I would hate for all those memories to fade away.
3. Trail running–something I’m interested in, but never have gotten around to really doing. I’m much more of a city runner.
4. Pick out a marathon and start a training program. I’ve run a few halfs and trained for a full, but unfortunately due to bad weather was forced to stop running at mile 22 on race day. I want to finish a full this year!
5. Start/Organize some type of supper club or book club. Community is important!
6. Eat what’s in season and local.


August 16, 2013 at 6:54 am

1) Walk
2) Run with your kids
3) BoxYoga
4) kayak


August 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

I’m taking my first trip to Hawaii next week and I’ll get to try my hand at so many new activities and enjoy old favorites in a new setting.
1. Surfing lessons!
2. Ziplining
3. Hiking to a waterfall & enjoying the lush surroundings.
4. Run along the beach
5. Enjoy the sunrise over the ocean
6. Eat delicious local foods. I’m looking at you seafood & tropical fruits.

Anna Louise Downing

August 16, 2013 at 7:11 am

1. Kick Boxing
2. Streaking (not naked). I just completed a 40 day streak of running every day.
3. Cycling on a trail.
4. Journaling or blogging about your exercising/sport.
5. Eat locally and seasonally.
6. Scrapbook your adventures.
7. Make new friends in your exercising/sport.
8. Try a new venue. I’m doing a Shape Diva Dash in September.
9. Try to become an ambassador for your sport.
10. Have fun! πŸ™‚


August 16, 2013 at 7:11 am

1. SUP yoga with girlfriends
2. Hike a portion of the Colorado Trail
3. Open water swim in a reservoir
4. Sit and listen to an audio book and do nothing else (no multitasking)
5. Journal
6. Morning workouts, even if that means just 10 minutes of movement on days more sleep is needed
7. Read other’s lists and get inspiration and be an inspiration!!


August 16, 2013 at 7:14 am

1.Get out and hike
2. Continue weight loss program to lose 50 more pounds (already lost 40)
3. Go Birding
4. Try a new class at the gym.
5. De-stress


August 16, 2013 at 7:15 am

If you’re in NYC, try Summer Streets (http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/home/home.shtml ) – 3 Saturdays every summer – last one is Aug.17th! I’ve never been and plan to go tomorrow! πŸ™‚

Plan a rooftop movie with anyone who has access to a roof (and a projector), the weather is incredible right now.

Try a boot camp.. and pick a merciless instructor… πŸ˜‰


August 16, 2013 at 7:19 am

1. SUP
2.Women’s Only Cycling Event (Cycle the Wave)
3. Yoga outside
4. Hike in the Mountains
5. Slacklining

Robin Stillson

August 16, 2013 at 7:20 am

5 new things:

1. Go to yoga on a regular basis
2. Make a new friend and call an old friend
3. Move to a new city
4. Start juicing
5. Read more for pleasure


August 16, 2013 at 7:22 am

My favorite summer activity, which will also carry me into winter, is a fat tire bike ride on the beach! Once it gets too chilly/windy to ride along the Michigan shoreline, I’ll head inland for rides in the snow on some favorite paved trails.


August 16, 2013 at 7:25 am

Take your kids to a local historical site. Go back to where you grew up and tour your play areas by bike with your kids. Take your kids fishing. Go to the zoo one last time before winter. Ride your bike to get milk instead of drive. Clean your for an elderly nieghbor.
Try a new class at the gym.


August 16, 2013 at 7:28 am

How about a session of Parkour aka Free Running aka Urban Gymnastics? That’ll make your heart pump, and you muscles sore like not much else πŸ˜‰

Pole dancing is another great workout, especially for the core!


August 16, 2013 at 7:30 am

Some of the new adventures on my end-of-summer list:
1. Do Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater
2. Pick wild raspberries and gooseberries
3. Walk a really long way. I would like to do a walk that I typically drive, so I can get the new perspective of traveling to the same location on foot.
4. Go camping (a first for me!)
5. Travel by train
6. Explore a city by foot, then draw a perception map (trying to map the city based on what it seemed like to me, and not by looking at a real map)
7. Try 5 new and exotic foods I’ve never had before. Perhaps I will go to an ethnic grocery store for ideas!
8. Learn to identify some local trees and wildflowers, then teach the names to someone else when we’re hiking together.
9. Live car-free for a week
10. Go on a listening hike

laura williams

August 16, 2013 at 7:45 am

1) Play sand volleyball
2) Windsurfing
3) Kiteboarding
4) Surfing surfing
5) Body boarding
6) Build a sandcastle
7) Organize a kid 3k
8) Stargaze
9) Do a starlight canoe or kayak
10) Run hills – a lot of them


August 16, 2013 at 7:48 am

So far this summer I have had a PR on a 5K (Athleta Esprit de She!) and done my favorite workout – barre classes. I highly recommend them! Next up, hike the trail near my house and try a bootcamp class.


August 16, 2013 at 7:49 am

Ride my bike in the park, walk the dog a bit further, do Tai Chi in the park, hike in the mountains on the weekends, swim, run/walk a 5k and jump rope!

Julie Orta

August 16, 2013 at 7:50 am

1. Hiking
2. Parkour
3. SUP
4. Indoor rock climbing
5. Kayaking
6. Outrigger paddling
7. Take a spin class
8. Start swimming regularly
9. Try every yoga studio within 10 miles of home
10. Make new friends


August 16, 2013 at 7:51 am

Summer must-do’s:

1) Get out in the sunshine
2) Get out in the water
3) Get out in the fresh air
4) Get out of your house
5) Do anything that makes you happy

Melissa Dehne

August 16, 2013 at 7:52 am

What a great idea to have suggestions from others! I love it! Some of my ideas are: rent a paddle board at a local lake or river, attend a sport practice with your child (if they okay the idea first!), find a new area to hike and hit the trails, find local rummage sales and google map your way around town on foot to hit the sales, and have a neighborhood kick ball tournament!

Lynn D.

August 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

For me, I’d like to explore local areas with a hiking group, go on brisk walks around our neighborhood or a local park picking up any trash I find along the way, try paddle boarding, attempt a triathlon, and try a crossfit class.


August 16, 2013 at 7:55 am

* Run a 5K with my son
*Go for a run on the Beach
* Swim in the ocean
*Hike local trails while on vacation with family
*Try a crossfit session


August 16, 2013 at 7:59 am

I’m focused on a few goals:
– Set a PR for my October 10K
– Explore more adventurous hiking trails
– Master a perfect pushup

Katie H

August 16, 2013 at 8:01 am

Backpacking! Heading up to Rocky Mountain National Park for the weekend πŸ™‚

Other ideas include signing up for a race, biking on trails, hiking, going to a local farmers market, rock climbing and hiking a 14er!

Jeni K

August 16, 2013 at 8:02 am

Dance on the beach
Yoga on the mountain/bluff/hill
Kayak in a new location
Family scavenger hike
Water polo
Family Mini tri


August 16, 2013 at 8:05 am

Take a belly dancing class
Take a Bollywood dance class
Play Beach Volleyball
Find a new path to walk with hills and views
Wake Surf
Do one new exercise a week!

Jamie Jacobson

August 16, 2013 at 8:09 am

Go on a “naked” run. Okay, by naked I mean just you ( fully dressed) and the road. No music, phone or gps watch.


August 16, 2013 at 8:12 am

Camp out in your backyard!
Have your girlfriends over for a slumber party!
Pay a compliment to everyone you meet!
Paint a picture of something you love!
Call that old friend you haven’t spoke to in a long time!
These are 5 new things you can do before the Summer ends!

MaryLouise Torres

August 16, 2013 at 8:15 am

1) Take a yoga class. I started up again and will stay with it this time. It cleanses the mind and the body.
2) Meditate. I’m doing a meditation challenge online. I have a couple of meditation apps on my phone. The best thing to do is meditate in nature.
3) Get out!!! Go explore your city, town or neighborhood. At this time of year there are block parties, festival, fairs and other events with activities going on.
4) Take a class!!! And I don’t mean an exercise class. Online or physically going to a class. Learn a new language, take a writing class, expand your knowledge on something. Your mind needs to be exercised just as much as your body. You will meet new people, make new connections and enjoy yourself. Even online, you can hook up with a community of people who are interested in learning the same thing!!! And who knows, you may be able to meet in person as well.
5) Plan separate time with your husband, kids, friends and family members. Have a special day with each doing something you love. Then, get everyone together for one special end of summer party!!! Because school starts for the kids and soccer/football/dance/Scouts/etc. and all the time you had during the summer is going to be that much more precious.

Jennifer Reilly

August 16, 2013 at 8:18 am

Take your kids outside and create an obstacle course/boot camp- do it with them!
Stand up paddleboarding- must try before summer ends!
Track workout- make it easy- sprint the straightaways, jog the curves- or make it harder! You pick!
Insanity!!!! Going to try next week- did the fit test yesterday- I am sore today!
Bike trail with the kids


August 16, 2013 at 8:19 am

There’s a park near my workplace that has a trapeze set up and teaches classes. I’ve been meaning to try it for months. Someone else mentioned adult gymnastic classes, and I bet a lot of places have circus-themed skill classes that would be a fun alternative to the gym.

April Shuping

August 16, 2013 at 8:23 am

Explore local, state and national parks. The US has some amazing places to discover and explore. Our family had an amazing trip to the Grand Canyon (north and south rim) a few years ago.

Set a goal that scares you and start on a plan to get there!


August 16, 2013 at 8:29 am

1) Agility training with my dog
2) Run the Electric Run and the Ice Cream Run
3) Celebrate my anniversary at Disneyland
4) Take Ballroom Dance lessons
5) Train for the Dopey Challenge

Emily P

August 16, 2013 at 8:34 am

I have been all about trying new things this year, especially this summer!

In addition to my collection of outdoor activities (run, bike, kayak), I’ve added in new group exercise classes. I would recommend trying out:

+ a barre workout
+ a hot yoga class
+ a restorative yoga class
+ a spin class
+ a zumba class
+ a learn to ice skate class
+ a new time for your workout (5am? 8pm?)

But if you’re still partial to your outdoor adventures, try:

+ visiting all your city/state parks
+ signing up for an obstacle race
+ signing up for an Esprit de She duathlon/triathlon
+ volunteering with a group like Girls on the Run
+ getting some friends together for pickup soccer/softball/basketball


August 16, 2013 at 8:45 am

So many things!!!
Triathlons – there are super sprints for the first timers.
Hike a new trail.
Rafting (or floating)
Urban hiking in a new neighborhood.
Berry picking
SUP yoga

Just to name a few. πŸ™‚

Andrea Cheung

August 16, 2013 at 8:45 am

– Try adult ballet intensive summer camp
– Run the San Francisco Marathon to catch the gorgeous views of the city from Golden Gate Bridge
– Sunrise runs on the trails at local county park
– Hiking at dawn or dusk to see the many wildlife
– Try yoga or pilates on SUP
– Go kayaking in the ocean or lake
– Ride bike to run errands
– Interval runs trying to keep up with my kids on their bikes

Did all those this summer and loving life!

Tracey Foster

August 16, 2013 at 8:53 am

1. Rollerblading….bike paths are nice!
2. Boot camp on the beach
3. Yoga on the beach
4. Power walk/ Jog/ Run along the beach
5. Enter a 5k road race
6. Walking your dog, or a neighbors/ friends dog if you don’t have your own
7. Go for a hike…most states/ towns have local trails many people don’t even know about!
8. Swimming- treading water is a great workout and burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time!
9. Creating a workout out of your local parks swing set equipment- pull ups, jumping jacks, push ups, etc.- a workout outdoors in the Sunshine promotes a more positive mood.
10. Tandem kayaking with a pal


August 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

1) SUP
2) Try a treetop/zip lining adventure course
3) Moonlight kayaking
4) Another mud run
5) Continue trail running
6) Read a good book while resting from all of the above

Ali Rheaume

August 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

Climb Mount Washington!!!! I did it this summer and enjoyed every minute of it! Challenging and quite rewarding when it is done πŸ™‚


August 16, 2013 at 9:24 am

I hate to see summer go but I am also excited for all the winter sports (snowboarding!!).

1. Trail run (so easy on the joints and you feel like a kid again);
2. Family Bike Ride;
3. Try a bootcamp or crossfit class;
4. TRX!!! (best workout ever);
5. Stand Up Paddle Board;
6. Try a new yoga class;
7. Run/Bike an event – in a different state!;
8. Go on a nature hike with your kids;
9. Do an open water swim (so different than a pool);
10. Do a triathlon (all girl races like the Athleta Iron Girl are great motivators);
11. Mountain Biking;
12. Have a tennis day with your spouse;
13. Make an obstacle course with your kids (at a local park is great);
14. Tent Camping/Back packing with the family;
15. Volunteer for an event you have run in the past.


August 16, 2013 at 9:25 am

1. outdoor qi gong
2. gyrotonic or gyrokinesis class
3. swimming in the ocean
4. swimming at the lake
4. hiking
5. boot camp at the park

Dedi C

August 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

Hmmm…September 22nd….my 12th wedding anniversary. What can I do before then?

1) missed a beach trip so far this summer since kids are so caught up in baseball, so we are going to Aruba August 30th – new place for all of us
2) sign up for a new event – have not done any events since half marathon last October, so I need to commit to something – Leap Peeper half on Oct 6th?
3) join a pool for the winter – get some use out of my new Athleta suits!
4) try a new hike – live near the AT, so maybe a new leg of that trail?
5) just bought a new mountain bike, so need to break that in on some trails, maybe head to Maryland to try to Western Md Rail Trail with the family and get my daughter off her training wheels before that?

Melissa Kemm

August 16, 2013 at 9:36 am

Number-one thing to do? Run a 5K with my dad πŸ™‚


August 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

For summer, I love to switch things up and get in the pool. I’m a runner, which means that being underwater means getting out of my element on dry land…but it pays off in spades to cross train (and get a great non-impact workout) during marathon training season. Plus, just got a super-cute Athleta suit for weekly laps. Nothing like cute clothing for that extra dash of motivation!


August 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

Here are some things I highly recommend for summer:
– Do yoga outdoors.
– Sleep outside in a place where you can’t hear cars or industrial noise (yes, this means backpacking!).
– Cook a meal from scratch outdoors (no freeze-dried stuff). If you can, build a fire.
– Eat food you grew in your own garden, even if that garden is in terracotta pots on a deck.
– Gather wild fruit (like blackberries). Freeze or preserve some for winter to trigger your summer memories.
– Swim outdoors, naked.
– Take a hike in a beautiful place with no headset, no talk, for at least an hour or two.
– Spend a day outdoors with NO screens (i.e., no phone, no iPad).
– Hike barefoot. Truly barefoot, at least for a short stretch.

One new thing I’m doing this summer: Staying in a nice hotel in a wilderness environment with my husband & our best friends so we can hike on consecutive days and still enjoy a nice bed & shower. A brand new experience for me!

Diane L

August 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

Inspire others to stay fit and active no matter what their age is!

Beth @ Miles and Trials

August 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

Before summer is over, I would recommend getting up at least once before the sun rises and head outdoors on a run or walk. There is something magical about being outside while the sun slowly rises and when you feel the first rays of the day on your face.

cecelia p

August 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

stand-up paddleboarding is a must! It’s a great total body workout and so much fun!

If you can, everyone should go sky-diving. It is the best rush you’ll ever have.

Do yoga outside in a park or along a river, it takes your practice to a new level!

Stephanie Khan

August 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

Drop whatever I am doing at the moment when my son say “Mommy, lets go for a run” and go with him!

Tricia M.

August 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

1. Be outside as much as possible especially enjoying sunsets
2. Do at least one organized race.
3. Swim in a lake.
4. Canoe with the family.
5. Run with your dog.
6. Pick fresh veggies and fruit from you garden.
7. Wear a skirt and flip flops everyday!
8. Play outside with your kids.


August 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

Do a sprint Tri! (I did 3 this summer for the first time!)
Go mountain biking
Go camping
Take a new fitness class
Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
Run and obstacle race
Run a FUN 5k – Color Run, Glow Run, etc!


August 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

1] Volunteer at a boys/girl or youth running club to share your love for running
2] try a different type of yoga than the usual
3] go for a run in the rain
4] try yoga on the beach
5] Stand Up Paddle boarding
6] Enjoy the sunshine- go for a run in the heat of the day
7] kite Surfing!


August 16, 2013 at 11:18 am

– Walk a dog at your local animal shelter or Humane Society.
– Play tag with your children.
– Go on a horseback ride.
– Engage your kids in a photo safari. See who can take the most creative photos while hiking through your local park.
– clean out your closets to make room for some great new fall attire and donate to your local charity.
– volunteer to help Habitat for Humanity for a day. Not only will you get some great exercise, but you will also be helping those in need.
– eat clean! Now is a great time to check out your local farmers market!
– go apple picking. There’s nothing quite like fresh applesauce!
– enjoy being indoors as the mercury rises, and tour the local museum or art gallery that you’ve been meaning to check out.
– try a new class at your local gym or YMCA.
– enjoy a family picnic – bike there.
– get up early and watch the sunrise.


August 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm

My current favorites for outdoor activities include:
walking the dog at night – less heat & humidity for both of us!
running – training for a 5k this fall
hiking in the state parks
gardening – it makes me sweat & playing in the dirt is therapeutic

My wish list:
SUP – no place nearby – but I’ve done it on vacation – still on the lookout for SUP in my area

Caitlin Johnson

August 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

My favorite thing to do while the weather is warm is to camp! I love picking out campsites with hiking trails. For additional fun, make sure to bring the pooches! They love having some outdoor time and are good company for hiking. Plus, you won’t need an alarm clock! A little dog kiss will surely wake you up in the mornings.


August 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Short list:
1. yoga hike
2. stop to see the sunrise on an early morning run
3. kayak with friends
4. bike the local Rails-to-Trails route
5. use the bike trainer when the weather is still hot
6. trail run

Amanda D

August 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Bike commute!
Go camping and hit the hiking trails.
Try a duathlon.
Walk the dogs or just go for a walk with your BFF or sister.
Jog or walk to a farmers’ market.
Try some new healthy recipes to fuel your workouts — use the farmers’ market veggies. πŸ˜‰
Organize or attend an end-of-summer cookout with family/friends, and run around playing with the kids who are there.

Shannon Crockett

August 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Wow! 5 NEW things by the Fall Equinox – well I do have a bucket list but if I had to shorten my life span to September 22nd here goes:

1) Rock Climb with the ocean beneath you vs. a dusty mat
2) Hot Air Balloon over the Rocky Mountains during Sun Rise
3) SUP Yoga while my fiancΓ© SUP Fishes next to me on the Colorado River
4) Hike the Colorado Hut System from Leadville to Aspen and retrace the steps of the WWII Snow Troopers.
5) Relive my Youth and take an Adult Gymnastics Class (only this time a Foam Pit exists!)
6) Learn to ride the Pipe! On my snowboard of course in South America where it’s winter.
7) Get grounded while high in the air by Meditating for 30 minutes on top of one of Colorado’s Highest Peak – Mt. Elbert at 14,430ft.

Life is short – carpe diem people because your breath will only fail you once and when it does you won’t care anymore. πŸ™‚


August 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I love summer! My favorites things are:

Barefooting (especially with brothers and now nephews…)
Swimming (especially with my kids at the pool or lake)
Houseboating (making all of said above things easy and long lasting)
Juicing, fruit salad, smoothies
Walks at dusk in the balmy twilight

Can we have summer extra long this year please? πŸ™‚


August 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Go backpacking. The barrier to entry is lower than you think.

Buy a longboard. You’ll feel stupid and awkward at first, but then you’ll get good at it and have the time of your life.

Learn to climb. Indoor or outdoor — both are fun, and very different.

Ruth Miller

August 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Ride your bike around Crater Lake! Ride it clockwise and stop to admire the view as many times as you want. Crater lake is the deepest lake in the USA, it is a beautiful National Park.


August 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm

kayaking, skinny dipping, long walks, making blackberry cobbler, buy produce from a farm or farmer’s market, bake bread


August 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Go for a mountain bike ride at night time with your lights or the moonlight
yoga in the park
sailing lessons
run on the beach
Go U picking


August 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm

What’s left on my summer to-do list? As a marathoner who runs a lot, I have a few ideas…
1. Tackle that giant hill by the beach a few times during my long run. Yes, that’s right- within a long run try a few big hills to keep it exciting.
2. Go for a run at dusk to watch the sunset on the ocean.
3. Go for a run at the crack of dawn way earlier than normal to catch the sunrise and the quietness of the morning.
4. Try something different like hot yoga to limber up a little.
5. Rock my new Athleta performance bathing suit and wear it on a run on the beach.
6. I started the summer promising myself to wear sunglasses or a hat on each summer run, and so, I want to continue that into the fall. (And of course with sunscreen too.)

Whew! Let’s get to it!!

Jolene Schneider

August 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm

My activity for the summer doesn’t sound as exciting as the rest of the comments. But I am tired of being overweight and out of shape, so I have been concentrating on spending as much time at the gym as possible and once every weekend I take my husband and daughter on a different hike outside.

Teresa Allison

August 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm

This summer I plan to run my first 5k, the Color Run is coming to WV and my daughter and I will be running it together and making some great memories at the same time! The very next week I will be riding bikes with my brother and sister and their families on the Greenbrier River Trail, another first for me! I am so excited!!!

Suzy Roy

August 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm

This summer I revamped my life and started MOVING and I’m loving it! I try to take a daily walk with coworkers or in the evenings with my husband. We also tried hiking trails, flat trails and even a short mountainous hike! I’m hoping to try kayaking or paddleboarding this summer/fall. So many things to try and do!

Coral Rose

August 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Wow, summer is almost over and there is still so much to do! My suggestion is that you should not let summer pass without trying the following:
1. Hit your local farmers market. During the summer, they are not hard to find. Not only will you walk a lot, but you get a chance to snag up amazing local fruits and veggies!
2. Go for a late night hike, especially when the moon is full. You don’t have to worry about heavy layers like you would during cooler weather, you beat the daytime heat, and get an amazing view of the stars.
3. Head towards the water. Whether you live close to the beach, lake, river, or local pool, you can’t let summer pass without getting your toes wet!
4. Go for a walk/run around your neighborhood. After all, pretty soon, you will have to throw a jacket over all of those cute Athleta tank tops that you own!


August 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Running a 5k!


August 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Love summer and so much to do before awesome autumn begins but would like to:
Dance with my husband.
Go camping with friends
Swim across the lake
Try trapeze school
Hot yoga


August 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I love summer. It is a great time for:
trail running with some friends
marathon training
outdoor yoga
patio sitting
walks with the dogs


August 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Swimming, paddleboating, hiking, surfing! Would be great to learn how to surf! Biking, tubing (takes some strength to hold on to the tube and drag yourself in and out of the boat!), water skiing, jogging on the beach (that sand can be killer to run through!), Try an outside workout with a class like an outdoor bootcamp. The possibilities are really endless! πŸ™‚


August 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm

1. Paddle across a lake by moonlight
2. Buy produce only from farmers markets
3. Wear flip flops as long as possible.
4. Have s’mores in the backyard.
5. Keep the summer feeling as far into fall as I can !


August 16, 2013 at 11:45 pm

If I didn’t have to work so much, I would be doing all of these activities right now!

1. Kayaking
2. River-tubing
3. Anti-gravity yoga
4. Aerial silks/lyra/trapeze
5. Flying trapeze
6. Playing in the water at the beach
7. Camping
8. Outdoor movie picnics
9. Pool parties and barbeques
10. Star-gazing
11. Horseback riding


August 17, 2013 at 3:41 am

1, Hot Yoga
2. Cycling
3. Training for a 1/2 marathon
4. BootCamp
5. Walks with my Mom

Wendy Linn

August 17, 2013 at 4:53 am

1. Use a sickle-improve your golf muscles 2. Try a zip line 3. River snorkle 4. Pan for gold in the susquehanna 5. Try 5-toes, take a creek hike 6. Paint your mailbox 7. Use a chainsaw 8. Draw passionately on the sidewalk 9. Canoe with your dog 10. Invite stranger to lunch 11. Visit your local library with a candy dish 12. Start a girls on the run club in your local school 13. Sleep in an ENO hammock under the stars 14. Take kids friction climbing under a Hwy 15. Warrior Dash with friends 16. Learn to jumar 17. Learn to pull-up, make your back a roadmap 18. Write a song that includes a yodle (John Denver did it) 19. Pickup trash along the Hway 20. Help your local CSA harvest their wares.


August 17, 2013 at 6:22 am

My summer Must-Do List:
Geocashing with friends
Hiking, I love exploring a new trail
train for a race or fun run
Try a OCR or mud run
Star gaze somewhere far from city lights
Practice yoga outdoors


August 17, 2013 at 7:13 am

Great inspiration and reminder to enjoy Summer NOW! And then we can enjoy Fall, and all the wonders that brings!

1. SUP the lake
2. Hike the peak – big challenge and goal for this year due to injury
3. Moonlight hike
4. S’Mores with the grandkids
5. Picnic
6. Stop long enough to sit and read a book outside -grab a blanket and a book!
7. Relax,, sit still, and soak up the Summer sun

Jenna Haglund

August 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

1. Run a title 9 race
2. Do an iron girl
3. Train your child for a local race (include their friends)
4. Tubing on the river
5. Canoe for on a date with your husband

Denise Curry

August 17, 2013 at 8:19 am

The end of summer is bittersweet for me, as I write this I am sitting in the back seat of my car surrounded by my youngest sons “stuff” as we are on the way to bring him to Syracuse University! So my end of summer active plans include:
1) Running More- going to break 3:30 at the Hartford Marathon!
2) Camp Counselor at Cross Country camp
3) Participate In the Beach Raid obstacle course race!
4) talk a long walk on the Beach
5) go on a hike with my husband
6) go on long Bike Rides with my friend who is getting ready for a 400 mile ride!

Tracy Kramer

August 17, 2013 at 8:57 am

Host an “End of summer garbage can feed” for family or friends! Steam the following in a steel garbage can over a fire for 2 hours: corn on the cob, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, ham, brats, sausage, etc. Good food and great memories while eating your “garbage”!


August 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

1. I run a mile or 2 each with each of my kids …. the older 4 kids (7-13) run along side me, and the youngest (5) rides her bike. It’s a big family relay. Kids love the one on one time.

2. My oldest child and I like to do a fitness triathlon…. bike around the neighborhood, then run a mile to the pool, swim 1000 yds, and run home.

3. Find a new park to hike through. Sometimes we try a scavenger hunt.

4. Try to run every day from now until school starts!

5. Sign up for a new race.

6. Rent a kayak or SUP

Renae :)

August 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

– Raft a river: it’s easier and more accessible than you may think!
– And while you’re at it . . . go fishing for your dinner πŸ˜‰
– Campfire with friends: after all, summer is a time of fire and earth in Chinese medicine – a time of community, family and gathering
– S-T-R-E-T-C-H . . . your body as well as your mind
– Read a book
– Go on a new hike
– Play the “how many living things did I see today” game
– Join and eat food from a local CSA, such as that from our friends’ women-run farm (http://vibrantvalleyfarm.com/)
– With that in mind, plant some seeds (literally and figuratively) for your future and beyond
– Wake up early
– Carpe diem!

Nancy Jang

August 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Crossing things off my Summer Bucket List!
1. Stand up Paddle Boarding at 3 different beaches
2. Ziplining at the San Diego Safari Park (Longest in North America and it goes over the animals!)
3. Snorkeling with Leopard Sharks in La Jolla
4. Kayaking in the Sea Caves of La Jolla
5. Take Solo Road trip to Sedona
6. Work out and be able to do a pull up
7. Run in an Obstacle Race- I highly rec the Ridiculous Obstacle Race 5K! Very Silly and FUN.
8. See the Space Shuttle at the California Science Center
9. Bike ride down the beach on the board walk
10. Taking an aerial fitness class: silks or trapeze!


August 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Take a tango class !
Outdoor yoga on a beach or a mountain AT SUN RISE !!!
Race my kids in the pool ( AND WIN ) πŸ™‚
Full moon mountain bike ride in the foothills.

What a fun contest !!

Michele S.

August 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Here is what my son thinks we should do before Sept 22nd and beyond:
1. Play in the rocks instead of the grass, it’s a little tougher.
2. Switch to new activities that catch your eye…often.
3. Walk and giggle at the same time and keep moving
4. Try another way if one way is blocked
5. Don’t dwell on the past, focus on the now.
6. Wave to everyone and smile.
He is 15 mos old and may be onto something!


August 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm

My favorite summer activity is hiking with my dogs. Near our home is a wonderful nature reserve that is shaded and that makes it a great summer time workout for the dogs and myself. The hills are a challenge but the trees help keep us cool!

Rachel Russell

August 18, 2013 at 6:15 am

My husband and I are busy 3rd year medical school students and our sport that we do together is yoga. We find that yoga is our marriage councilor, psychiatrist, personal trainer, and stress reliever. Even though we are aware of all the benefits, we often make excuses not to go such as: we have to study, we are too tired, too sore, and… well, we have to study. Our commitment to the Fall Equinox is to be the best future medical doctor’s we can be by committing to do what we know works…practice what we know works and what we recommend our patients to do. So here is our commitment for the Fall Equinox:

1) Attend the Fall Equinox yoga session (we have both never tried this class!)
2) Attend an AcroYoga workshop
3) Attend 6 days of yoga per week… no excuses
4) Blog about our experience.
5) Go on one hike (wearing my awesome Athleta skort…of course!) to get in touch w/ nature.

Power to the She πŸ™‚



August 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

We love to get up on Saturday mornings and walk to our neighborhood farmer’s market. A lot of our recipe ideas come from what’s available. Other than that, to me, summer is all about…

Yoga in the park
Grilling out

We’re gearing up for a trip to Yosemite & Lake Tahoe and can’t wait to do a bit of exploring myself!!


August 19, 2013 at 6:37 pm

1) Swimming at night preferably in a heated pool.
2) Biking the mountain to sea trail.
3) Learning (or remembering/practicing) how to swing/salsa/Argentina Tango outdoors
4) SUP Yoga with orcas (dolphins was achieved last year)
5) White Water Rafting with friends


August 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

There is soo much I haven’t done I hope I can get to all of it before Summer ends!
1. Go cliff jumping on the Wisconsin river
2. Run a 10k
3. Color me rad 5k run
4. White water rafting
5. Get together with friends
6. Run a marathon in all 50 states.
7. Learn archery.
8.Learn to play golf.
9. Learn to water ski.
10. Go canoeing or kayaking.
11. Take horseback riding lessons.
12. Learn to water ski.
13. Learn to sail.
14. Learn to surf.
15.Ride in a hot air balloon.
16. Go paragliding.
17. Go parasailing.
18. Go scuba diving.
19. Go snorkeling in a shipwreck.
20. Swim with sharks.
21. Jump from a cliff into deep water.
22. Watch turtles hatch and run for the ocean
23. Swim with dolphins
24. Go whale-watching

Lisa Richardson

August 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Complete a century ride(cycling 100 miles in 12 hours).
White water rafting
Anything! Just keep moving!

Kathy C

August 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Being outside no matter what the weather is puts me in a great frame of mind. I do all my best thinking being active out in the fresh air and this summer there has been lots of perfect weather!
So my suggestions are:
get out and hike, see how pretty the world really is:)
Go to the ocean and feel the sand between your toes. Running in the sand=great workout!
Swim the perfect summer sport!
paddle a boat, board of anything, great arm workout!
bike anywhere it is nice to leave the car home and the breeze is a great way to cool off!
run a great mood lifter and can be done no matter what the weather!
And most importantly no matter what you do to move, have FUN:)
It will make you want to keep coming back for more!!!


August 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

1. Go kayaking.
2. Blackberry picking before the season ends!
3. Stargazing.
4. Outdoor BBQ’s with friends.
5. Outdoor movie night- set up a projector and white sheet on the side of a building.
6. Watch the summer thunderstorms roll in.
7. Hiking (with your four-legged friends!)
8. Break out the bikini a couple more times before it gets too chilly…
9. Go camping.
10. Go swimming.

Lisa CT

August 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

1. Nightclub cardio classes! Easy to pick up routines to popular songs with strobe lights and disco balls
2. Belly dancing
3. Pole dancing classes, because every woman has a little naughty inside
Sorry, I love dancing for exercise.
4. Mow your lawn a few more times
5. Sign up for a race of some sort with co workers
6. Increase your flexibility by stretching everyday, set a goal to do the splits and make it happen
7. Try a front or back flip off the diving board before the pools close for the year
8. Set workout routines and nutrition goals now to help prepare you for the holidays!

Laura Baker

August 21, 2013 at 8:42 am

The list is too long…here are five of my favorites:
1) Backpack somewhere remote and beautiful!
2) Trail run/hike with a bestie!
3) Surf…or at least wipe out trying!
4) Practice yoga on the beach!

Shelley Belinc

August 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

become a runner
run a 5 k for the first time
introduce others to running
help promote to all people to get exercising
eat organic


August 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

So far this summer I have: done a sprint distance triathlon, tried SUP for the first time,completed a Warrior Dash run ,and a half marathon with my friend. I am hoping to try an aerial yoga class and a bootcamp class and Color Me Rad before the summer is over. I hope to inspire/motivate others to try new things and to be active.


August 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

1. Full moon kayaking
2. Running on the beach
3. Biking on beach bike paths (just can’t enough of the beach, I guess!)
4. Bootcamp in the park
5. Outdoor yoga
6. Lake or ocean swimming
7. Surfing/boogie boarding
8. Fruit picking/gardening
9. Sunset trail running

Stephanie Edmonson

August 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm

1. Use cross-training to become prepared for a spartan obstacle race…if you are up for the challenge. πŸ™‚
2. Enter your dog in a dock jumping competition and then swim some with your furry friend!
3. Try trail-running to spice up a normal run. Do it in the morning and see some beautiful lighting, scenery, and possibly a gorgeous sunrise!


August 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm

1. disc golf
2. 5k
3. play in a playground with your kids
4. take an exercise class

Erica Chabalko

August 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm

1.) run a road race; or walk!
2.) volunteer at a road race
3.) begin Christmas shopping (only slightly kidding)
4.) go to drive in movies
5.) draw with chalk on the sidewalk with kids; or if you don’t have any, with friends!
6.) get ice cream from the ice cream truck
7.) go for a hike
8.) visit a farmer’s market

Karen Prusi

August 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm

1. Mountain biking with a local women’s group
2. Skinny dip in the moonlight
3. Run a 5k with your kids
4. Stop to pick and eat as many wild thimbleberries as you can find while out for a run and come home with sticky red hands
5. Camp close enough to Lake Superior to let the waves lull you to sleep


August 22, 2013 at 8:01 am

I joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and have been expanding my horizons with my little sister.
1. we learned to paddle board on the lake and then the next week, I took a paddle board yoga class.
2. we went rollerskating and are going to go to a roller derby next to see what that’s all about.
3. we went swimming in a gorge under a waterfall where people were jumping off. We also swam in a local pool and I taught her to swim on her back so that she could pass her swimming test and go in the deep end.
4. meeting one of my oldest and dearest friends in the White Mountains over Labor Day weekend to hike some mountains with our dogs.
5. riding my bike to work rather than driving my car.
6. taking up running again after a 10 year hiatus. Getting into it gradually by running a mile at a time.
7. planted my first garden this year. have a full bounty of cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, summer squashes, a giant pumpkin, broccoli, winter squashes, beets, carrots, mammoth sunflowers and lots of beautiful cutting flowers.
8. travel to Letchworth Park in upstate New York to hike the trails and explore the area. have had lots of day road trips to fabulous nature spots.

Laura Rogers

August 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

You must try kayaking, snorkeling, sailing/hobie cat sailing, riding your bike/rollerblading with your dog, ANY/ALL exercise classes you can take, eating paleo, knitting/crocheting outdoors in the sun! RV/motorhome the entire U.S.


August 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

– train for and run a half marathon!
– a new style of yoga
– pick up games (soccer/baseball/kickball/frisbee)
– run with partners if you usually run alone
– ocean swimming
– outdoor workouts at playground or workout stations
– beach running (watch your knees!)
– kayaking
– canoing with woman’s best friend (if your pup won’t try to jump in!)

Randi Rittel

August 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Something I wanted to do for the last few years is to help my sister become active and enjoy life more. I’d like to share with her the joy of health and fitness. I’d also like to start teaching my children how to deadlift, squat, ect. I find so much fun in it, I’d like to share with my kidos. I’d like to compete in something athletic. I train very hard but, never competed. I’d like to made some personal records in the gym before winter. I’d also like to teach a fitness class.

Jennifer Yordy

August 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm

1. Full Moon paddle, kayak, or canoe session on 9/19 (if going by SUP, incorporate some Yoga)
2. Early Morning sunrise hike (bring a little breakfast) followed by lunch and Bocce at the beach
3. Block Party
4. Full Moon Bocce, corn toss, and horse shoes
5. SUP camping


August 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

This summer I’ve decided to change my body and mind. Re-educated my mind and body to a healthier, whole, powerful, strong one.
1. Get up and go everyday 45-60 minutes cardio strength training. (Even on weekends!)
2. Exercise by the ocean, meditate, yoga.
3. Be thankful for a whole nutritious meal, and blessings in life.
4. Join a Professional Nutrition course.
5. Join a Yoga Instructor training.
Thanks for offering the giveaway! I’m crossing my fingers!

Alexandra R

August 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

1. rollerskating
2. iceskating
3. private yoga lesson for date night with your spouse instead of dinner out and a movie
4. tai chi qi gong


August 23, 2013 at 4:19 am

This summer I had the opportunity to intern at a five star resort in western Pennsylvania as an Adventure Center Intern. Despite my title I was under great impression I would be rocking high heels and designer digs everywhere I went. I quickly found out that not only would my favorite pair of shoes be Teva watershoes but that the only thing designer was the true adventure I found in my position on the resort and the inviting nature of the surrounding area. I learned so much in such little time and while I am heading back to school today I must thank the summer for being so generous.

Dani’s Summer Adventure:

1. Rafted the lower Yough
2. Hiked a part of the Great Allegheny Passage (travels from DC to Pittsburgh) and the Laurel Highlands Trail (travels from Ohiopyle, PA to Johnstown, PA)
3. Went caving in an unmarked cave in the Sinks of Gandi in WV. Quite possibly the most amazing experience of my life.
4. Worked as a 40ft ropes course instructor.
5. Learned to belay.
6. Learned to operate and ENJOY a 1,060ft zip line.
7. Became best friends with a coatimundi named Gus and a three-toed-sloth named Serenity.
8. Prepared meals for and fed white lions, Bengal tigers, hyenas, black bears, mountain lions, wolves, buffalo, fox, badger, apricot skunks and I could go on…
9. Found a true companion one night in the shadows of a full moon in the natural waterslides.
10. Realized that falling in love with your life every single day is the only way to live.

Here’s to a wonderful summer that will surely lead to a wonderful forever.


August 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

1. Choreograph dance routines outdoors at night around a fire pit.! So much fun!
2. Standing on pointe while strength training with weights and medicine balls. Intense but awesome!
3.Trail running through my favorite hiking trails. Great cardio!
4. Climbing on moving indoor rock wall at local gym. Awesome to pick up stamina!
5. Getting licensed so I can use my energy and creativity to teach Zumba! Very excited!


August 23, 2013 at 2:12 pm

1. Ride bikes on the trails to downtown, stop at the lake to feed the ducks, and eat lunch on the square, then gelato at the local candy store;
2. Mountain biking on local trails in the mountains and hope for elk/deer sightings
3. Mountain biking at night with headlamps
4. Evening strolls with the kids after dinner…always priceless (we can’t do this very easily once fall hits as we live in the mountains and it is already too cold by then)
5. This summer I started teaching a kettlebell cardio interval class to my fellow Pilates ladies as a trade for my own pilates classes – it’s been wonderful!!
6. Cardio on the trampoline with the kids outside (another fave)
7. Anything on the ocean, or lake, if I were near one ;(
8. Picnics on the grass at the park or in the backyard
9. Grilling outside for most meals, which we also try to do in the winter also, but at least in the summer it’s more than just dinner or a couple of times a week πŸ˜‰
10. Neighborhood ice cream social – this is an annual event for our neighborhood the weekend before everyone goes back to school. I’m no sure who looks forward to it more, the kids or the adults!
11. Block party – we also do one when summer starts and when fall arrives
12. Neighborhood garage sale – another great one for our neighborhood!


August 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Summer is coming to a close so quickly! Our summer firsts have been:
-swim lessons for my toddler. Her skill grew an incredible amount!
-ran in my first 5k with Esprit de She. The humidity was terrible but the after party was fantastic!
-try a Barre style workout. All the rage and just opened a studio close by.
-try my hand at a dualathon. I haven’t riden a bike in many years and would love this challenge.

Dawn Jex

August 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

1. Try rock climbing.
2. Forgive someone.
3. Hug a stranger.
4. Sit still and just “be”.


August 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

help with a beach clean-up
bike to work and everywhere else
try some new workout classes
get a lot of walking in while showing family around the city
and lots of yoga of course

Kristi Stogo

August 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

1. Try stand up paddle boarding, and actually stand up!
2. Do a triathlon with a family member; I did with my niece and cousin on my birthday, was awesome!
3. Go zip lining for the first time!
4..Try 4×4 ATV cruising
5. Wear Athleta clothing every day while on vacation
6. Do yoga 5 days in a row
7. Eat a plant-based diet
8. Love yourself
9. Be grateful
10. Never give up

julie Anthony

August 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

1. Go rollerskating with my daughter.
2. Try a new yoga class
3. Go hiking with my husband
4. Play with my nephews at the park.


August 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Drink a green smoothie – find a recipe that you truly find yummy
Find that sport or physical activity that you are passionate about and get consumed in it. You know – the one that makes you forget you are working out
Eat a juicy peach
Wake up in time to watch the sunrise
Do one thing each day that scares you

Gina M

August 25, 2013 at 6:05 am

Get active in NYC by…
-walking to work
-visit the Highline
-central park row boats
-job the Hudson River


August 25, 2013 at 6:16 am

1. paddleboarding – at sunset, sunrise, with the dolphins!
2. Yoga – SUP yoga, hot yoga, outdoor yoga – try new places and instructors – they are all so different!
3. Whitewater rafting – so fun for all ages!
4. Ziplining – exhilarating!
5. Walk on the beach – or anywhere!
6. Plant a vegetable, flower, or butterfly garden
7. Use Reese cups instead of a chocolate bar for s’mores! πŸ™‚ Yum!
8. Geocaching – while on vacation in new areas or around your hometown – so fun!
9. Build a fire pit in your backyard to get ready for Fall

Have fun!

Jennifer Guthrie

August 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm

This summer I have been following a Paleo Lifestyle. I have so much more energy now and my body is thanking me!
Ideas for activities.
-Run a race with your dog! I just ran a 10k with my dog and it was my favorite race yet! She loved it.
-Rent a SUP. I found my next favorite sport! Stand up PaddleBoarding. It costs about $20 for an hour with all the gear you need, and instruction. It was a wonderful, quiet way to spend the afternoon.
-Walk local trails. I was pretty bummed this year when I realized my husband was working through this summer without a break. So I started exploring the areas around home. I found new trails & “secret” swimming holes!
-Aqua Zumba. My local gym doesn’t have cross fit, but they offer water Zumba. I am incredibly uncoordinated, but nobody knows, because I’m in the water! And its fun pretending!


August 25, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Hmmm… Five NEW ThingsI want to try to do by 9/22:
1) 1-mile open water bay swim
2) Paddle-Boarding–maybe after that bay swim I’m doing
3) Geocaching/Letterboxing
4) Bike a 15- to 25-mile ride on new trail/pathway
5) Fly a kite–I just realized I never flew one!
6) Try a spin class

Ideas for others:
Do a 5K!
Outdoor yoga (Full moon yoga, yoga in the park, vineyard yoga, beach yoga–you get the idea)
Swim in a lake
Participate in a group bike ride
Try kayaking/canoeing/rowboating
Hike and learn how to use a compass and terrain map (I need a refresher!)
Fly a Kite


August 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm

New things:
1. I’ve already done a Tough Mudder, so why not volunteer to help this time!: Toughmudder.com
2. Hula Hooping, sexy and fun! Check out this site for great fitness hoops!: http://www.hoopgirl.com/
3. Learn to powerlift: I plan on learning to deadlift and bench press. Also training grip strength with a high powered gripping device! My handshake is really rocking! Check these grippers out!: http://www.amazon.com/Captains-Crush-Hand-Gripper-Trainer/dp/B0002U3CNU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377479012&sr=8-1&keywords=captain%27s+of+crush
4. Swimming for fitness! I’m buying my suit tonight and I’ll be in the pool this week! Looking at the cute Athleta suits to get me started.
5. Sandbag work-out! I got this idea from my sexy husband. He placed 50lb of loose sand into a gym bag and trains with this. He has really increased his functional strength and now so will I!!!!


August 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

My 5 are:
* begin training on my new bike πŸ™‚
* swimming 3 times a week
* begin a weight routine
* try a yoga class
* keep it simple, getting thru the first part of my girls school activities….

Tiffany Harrison

August 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

1-xterra triathlon
2-sprint triathlon
3-olympic triathlon
4-run Ragnar Wasatch back
5-team member of a relay for Pacific Crest Challenge long course in Oregon
6-Watch daughter and son run together in Girls on the Run 5k
7-compete individually and podium with husband in a sprint triathlon
8-run Park City 4th of July run with son and husband
9-paddle around Roosevelt Island in Washington D.C.
10-ride Park City lift up and mountain bike with sons trying to dodge the moose
11-swim with a team mate in open water to prepare her for her 1st tri
12-practice Yoga outside
13-hike Mt. Olympus
14-SUP Yoga
15-SUP Fitness
16-just SUP!
17-Run WIRE, Grandeur Peak, and up Millcreek Canyon
18-Ride Big Mountain, Millcreek Canyon, Big Cottonwood, and Little Cottonwood
19-Hike Donut Falls with my kids
20-Train and Run half marathon with daughter
21-Rock climb with kids
22-Hit the driving range with husband
23-Bike to Farmers Market
24-Bike to brunch with high school girlfriends to celebrate our 20 year reunion!
25-Roast smores in our backyard fire pit


August 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm

New opportunities that I experienced so far this summer are:
1. Traveled with 5 friends to Asheville for a white water kayak adventure
2. Paddled a SUP multiple times & helped others learn
3. Trained for & completed my first Tri.
4. Attended a aquatic boot camp at my local Y
5. Slack packed a strenuous 3 day 49 mile hike in PA
6. Traveled to VA beach with grandkids for their first ocean/beach outing
7. Completed my first 16 mile trail run/ hike.
8. Ran a class III slide on the Green River in a kayak

bee jay

August 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm

1 Do walking meditation. notice what you hear, see and smell.
2 While out on the walk, Carry a trash bag with you and help tidy up the environment as you go.
3 Grow your own herb garden and nourish your meals with their harvest.
4 take some kids to the playground. Nothing will make you feel your inner child more!
5 read poetry about the changing seasons.


August 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

1. Free community outdoor yoga classes
2. Spin class on weekend mornings to start the day early!
3. My summer snacks pre/post workout: kale chips, coconut cherry bars, carrot-orange juice
4. SUP and kayaking on the lake
5. Running to the local reservation and then hiking around to find the best sunset view
6. Going on weekend trips and finding new classes/studios to try out while you’re there
7. Push up and daily squat challenges


August 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm

1. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
2. Ocean Kayaking
3. Sprint Triathlon- the training fun lasts all summer
4. Pure Barre – practice your toning movements outside
5. Hiking – preferably somewhere beautiful like Big Sur!


August 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm

1. Go camping
2. Pick berries and freeze for smoothies
3. Make smores in the backyard
4. Run a couple of races
5. Sleep with the windows open


August 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

1. Yoga outside
2. Go running on the beach and if you have a dog turn him/her into your running buddy
3. Jump off a dock,raft or boat into the water like a kid
4. Take tango lessons outdoors in the park
5. Walk everywhere!
6. Play tag with th dog n the lawn
7. Rent a paddle boat and take it for a spin


August 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

1. Hike the South Sister in Central Oregon. I did it once about 5 years ago. I said I didn’t ever need to do it again! Now my 25 year old daughter is interested in hiking the South Sister, so I just can’t let her see that for the first time and not be there for this accomplishment.
2. Do more road bike rides
3. Go on another Mt. Bike ride (Phil’s Trail in Bend)
4. Take a lazy float on an inner tube on The Deschutes through downtown Bend, Oregon
5. Make some freezer jam
6. Visit a winery that I’ve never been to before

Michelle San Antonio

August 27, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Boogie-boarding and body surfing with my kids is a must for me in the summer! Still haven’t tried stand-up paddleboarding, but am dying to.


August 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Go ride a bike, but in a new place. I bike to do my errands fairly often, but do it in a new city and ta-da, it’s an adventure. I’m planning on biking around San Francisco soon!
Try longboarding (the skateboard kind, not surfing, though that could be cool too), especially if your neighborhood streets are flat. It’s a little terrifying, at least for me, since last time I tried a few years ago I fell pretty badly– but that doesn’t usually happen! It’s also a great exercise in balance and understanding your body’s momentum. Wear a helmet and secure shoes!
Unconventional, but I just moved, and volunteering to be the one to carry things up and down the stairs is a great unexpected workout! My legs and glutes definitely felt it the next day. πŸ™‚


August 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm

1) Pack a picnic and the family and take a hike together!


August 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Walk in the woods.
Climb a mountain and then a fire tower!
Grab your sister, aunt or mother and walk with them
Play tag
Enjoy life, you only get one.


August 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Start the Couch to 5K Program! It got some friends, and me, out of a mostly sedentary lifestyle and made us healthier & happier!


August 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Some great summer activities that I took part in were: running along the Mississippi River trail through the town where I work; swimming on the Des Moines River; fishing in the Missouri River; weeding my flower garden; planting an orchard; tilling, planting, re-tilling and re-planting (after flooding), weeding, and harvesting our 100’x75′! vegetable garden; hiking through the Rocky Mountains; aimlessly wandering around the Missouri and Iowa State Fairs; renovating our 100yo Victorian house; and tons of other stuff that I’d love to do, but haven’t gotten to yet!

Kim Craig

August 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm

The kids & I love to catch fireflies at dusk! We save them in a jar and as we catch the last one, we let them all go! Tried SUP for the 2nd time this summer while on vacation in San Diego & I would love to purchase one to try here on the local lakes! Take our last beach trip of the summer & hunt for shark teeth!


August 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Some ideas…
– take your dog on a run (I have a Yorkie and it sometimes feels like he’s pulling me…but whatever gets you going, right?) If you don’t have a dog, offer to take your neighbor’s!
– create a running scavenger hunt
– go swing dancing – it’s more of a workout than you’d think!
– hike a mountain at sunrise or sunset
– play racquetball
– get some cute workout clothes to motivate you!

Lia Keller

August 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Take a hike! Grab some girlfriends and pack some cheese, bubbly and chocolate. We like to head out in the evening after the kiddos are put to bed!


August 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

For me the big one this summer has been doing yoga outside in the same spot everyday; its amazing to see the small changes in the world around you from your mat. My dog and I do yoga together in the back yard every morning and I’ve watched the flowers grow, bloom, die, seen hummingbirds buzz and a family of baby rabbits grow up. There’s such wonder in our everyday; I wouldn’t have discovered this love if it wasn’t for the Athleta salute the sun contest. Going outside to take my photo for it is what got me started on my outdoor yoga kick.


August 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm

– Play tennis
– Get up 15 minutes early and start the day with a short run or walk with your family! My 10 year old girls have been getting me up every morning for 2 weeks now!
– Do an hour of insanity!


August 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm

My bucket list definitely includes bringing my beginners yoga routine outside! My other goals are to train my dog to walk/run with me without a leash, and spend some more time on the golf course!


August 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Summer time is a fabulous opportunity for all things outdoors. But don’t forget to apply SUNSCREEN. My mom just died after a quick battle with melanoma, and although she hadn’t been a sun baby since she was a teen, this unexpected horror can happen to anyone.

Kristin Zielinski

August 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Go ziplining! As the weather gets cooler there’s nothing more refreshing than to feel that cool end of summer breeze as you sail through the trees!

Then, to kickstart your fall training before winter makes us all unhappy, start a 30 day shred program. There are a bunch online that are easy to do from home. Find one that includes some social media accountability and incorporates meal planning. See how you can transform your body in a month’s time.

Michelle Bouchard

August 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm

1. Hike with the kids on the local trails.
2. Complete a triathlon.
3. Kayak
4. Coach a youth field hockey team.
5. train for a half marathon.


August 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm

1. Swimming in a heated pool at night.
2. Ditto want to try white water rafting
3. Kayak/Canoe LA River (it’s exists)
4. SUP at night
5. Bike Mountain to the Sea trail

Jenny Niblo

August 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm

1. Swimming at the beach or the pool with my kids
2. Mountain Bike local trails
3. Weekend of Camping, s’mores, hiking, fishing and boating
4. Many afternoons of hiking at our dog park with our yellow lab and kids.
5. Frog, toad and crayfish catch and releasing – nothing better than seeing my 10 and 8 year olds exploring nature.


August 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm

1) I mountain bike on dirt trails with smaller hills while pulling my twins in a bike trailer
2) I also am going to try zumba at our local beach
3) running first thing in the morning before it gets to hot
4) hang out outside with friends while the weather is nice
5) play chase/tag with my boys and their friends
6) have a water ballon fight

Jennifer Austin

August 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Roller skate outside on a paved multi-use trail.


August 27, 2013 at 5:33 pm

1. Running each day
2. Long walks in the evening
3. Join a new gym
4. Signup for Zumba
5. Workout with my mom

Jennifer A

August 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Swimming, hiking and camping!

April c

August 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Try a new fresh fruit
Run a 5k
Run a half marathon
Hike through a state park
Bike on a fun trail in your area
Join a softball/baseball team for adults and gain new friends as well as being active!
Try surfing or water skiing
Ride your bike to work one day


August 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm

1. Learn to fly on the Trapeze
2. Finish a Spartan Super Race!
3. Run a half marathon
4. Paddle board in the ocean with the dolphins
5. Grab your BFF and go for a long trail run
6. Grab same BFF and go to an awesome concert.
7. Attend a boxing class….or ten! πŸ™‚
8. Sit with a friend at your local coffee bar and chat out in the beautiful weather.
9. Find a TRX class in your area and give it a try!
10. If at all possible, enjoy the sun, surf, beach, sand, and ocean air!

Yes, I have enjoyed all of these things this summer! Wonderful Summer!

Amy St.P

August 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I want to try stand up paddleboarding! Wish I lived closer to the beach and could get there more than once a year!
Other things: hike, outdoor yoga, preserving the harvest for winter.

Lisa D'Arrigo

August 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Climb a 14’er
Go Sailing
Skinny Dip


August 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Be grateful each day…smell the fresh air, take a walk/run with your family, bike on a country road, visit with friends/family by a fire, roast some marshmallows & have a s’more!!! πŸ™‚ Smile & again be grateful!

Kari C

August 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I live in Phoenix, so things are backwards for me, and most of us who live in the Valley of the Sun spend a lot of time indoors during the summer.

So, a MUST do for me is to take a trip to somewhere lush and green where I can enjoy summer weather (Hello Hudson Valley!). I’m feeling rather gym/house bound, and I can’t wait to enjoy the beautiful outdoors!


August 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

go on a (sailing) cruise
drive a sailboat race
SUP race
complete the last workout video series I bought!


August 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Hike Glacier National Park.
Swim in Lake McDonald.
Travel to the mountains.
Escape from the sweltering grossness of the midwest.


August 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I was so excited when I saw this list! I’m working towards 10 things because I’ve already been lucky enough to try 5.
1. Swam in 3 of the 5 Great Lakes (still have Erie and Ontario)
2. Surfed in the Pacific (a first surfing and seeing the Pacific)
3. Rode my bike around Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
4. Swam at the Silver Strand (Pacific)
5. Saw both Canada and Mexico in the same month
6. Paddleboard at sunset to the middle of my home bay
7. Signed up and training for my first half marathon!
Things to try while there’s still time
8. Ride a century on my bike (maybe…)
9. Paddleboard down any of the beautiful rivers in N. MI
10. Run 10 miles


August 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Before the summer ends I plan to dig another flower bed for mums. They are so hardy and beautiful and I love how they add even more color to the fall.
I also discovered an outdoor yoga class in the park near my house that I am going to attend as long as the weather holds out.

Leanne Downey

August 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Some suggestions….
1) yoga on the beach or dock
2) running before the sun is up
3) resistance moves in your neighborhood pool
4) check out any dance fitness classes held in an air conditioned studio i.e. Jazzercise

Monica Johnson-Null

August 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm

1. Try a tri-did my first half ironman this summer and can’t wait to do another! (I recommend starting with a sprint distance)
2. Dance in the rain with your kids
3. bike ride
4. campout under the stars
5. hike to a destination, have lunch and hike back looking at everything you missed on the way.
6. swim in a lake, in a pool, in an ocean and anywhere else!
7. watch the sun come up at the beach, and then watch it set.
8. take pictures of things you would never think you would take a picture of, up close, far away, and from different angles!
9. Enjoy every last bit of summer as it comes to an end!


August 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Hiking with yoga breaks in prime scenic areas especially with my favorite Yogi Jennifer. Nothing grounds me more.

Kris McCabe

August 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Paddleboarding-my new fav!


August 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Yoga in Bryant Park is amazing! I highly suggest finding something similar in your neighborhood.
I would also suggest:

-volunteering for an endurance event is a great experience, too!
-play tourist in your own city.


August 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm

1. A sunset walk on the beach
2. Play with my dogs at the dog park.
3. Running a half marathon with my mom.


August 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Just returned from Nova Scotia, Canada and there is no other place closer to heaven. Sail boating, rock climbing, mountain biking, cross country running, the skies are the limit. Not to mention perfect temperatures even for August. Peggy’s Cove and the Ovens a must see!


August 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Gardening is a great way to work out and you don’t even realize it and later you can enjoy the benefits in your kitchen!
My summer yet to do list includes Pickle Ball on the beach. Kayaking, hiking at our local State Park, beach walk with my sweet doggie and trying a new weight machine at our local rec center! Can’t believe summer is coming to a quick end…I better sign off and get moving!

Tessa Iszler

August 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

In ghe summer I love to enjoy hikes in the hills with my family, go geocaching, waterski, swim and go for nice long quiet walks at night.

Andrea Knapp

August 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Run a 5k. Swim across the lake. Try acupuncture. Find the perfect pair of running shoes. Explore the Michigan woods with the family. Take many flashlight walks! Enjoy the beautiful summer days outside!

Sara Zoelle

August 27, 2013 at 6:14 pm

This summer I did my first sprint tri, tested for my fourth degree black belt in taekwondo, swam across a lake and tried different classes in yoga, weight lifting and boxing. Always stretch your limits!!!!


August 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Checking things off the bucketlist during the summer of 2013
Tubing with my kids
Learning to water ski at 40
Paddle boarding
White water rafting
Running a 5k on July 4th


August 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Start the day with a morning walk and stretch outside
Eat your lunch outside of the office and end with a walk around the block
Swim in your favorite ocean , lake or pond at leas once a week
Bike to work
Run in the evening to the music of the crikets


August 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Take a morning walk and stretch outside
Eat lunch outdoors and walk around the block when your done
Swim at your favorite ocean, lake , or pond at least once a week
Bike to work
Run at night to the music of the crickets

Kelly Kriefall

August 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm

First would be the Wave Pool with the kids. Then it would be time to spend the day at the zoo. During a rainy day we can head off to the bowling alley. Before that day we rake our leaves, we really need to run in a 3k with all the kids!

Kimberly Kunda

August 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Summer is the only season (in the Mid-Atlantic USA), that affords us warm natural waters to enjoy – so I say, swim, wade, paddle, surf (or in my case, at least paddle and float on my board), enjoy the sand in your toes, bask in the fading glow of the summer sun, and revel in the grit of ocean minerals on your skin… I don’t personally have much time to enjoy the ocean, but I plan to spend a few hours by the sea before the end of summer. It’s worth it — the memory of floating in the ocean and feeling effortless makes me feel so present, and carries me through the dark days of winter every year.

Jill Broderick

August 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

1. Run my daugter’s first 5k with her….she is 6yrs old and wants to be like mom!

Aimee @The Stylish Nest

August 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Do a fun run (The Color Run, Electric Run, etc).
Play tourist in your home town.
Ride your bike to a farmers market. Fill your bike basket with fresh goodies.
Play in a fountain.
Roll down a hill.
Go to the drive in.
Eat a snowcone.


August 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Get outside and enjoy as many of the hours of daylight as you possibly can!


August 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm

1. Ride my Mountain bike on the Canal.
2.Ride my road bike. (Train for a century)
3.train for a Triathlon
4. Run a marathon
5walk to school with the kids
6. Ride our bikes to school and work
7.hike with the family


August 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm

1. Ride my Mountain bike on the Canal.
2.Ride my road bike.
3.train for a Triathlon
4. Train for a marathon
5.hike with the family


August 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Obstacle races
Ropes courses and ziplines
sunrise walks
run small errands by running

Alicia Burrill

August 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Open water swimming, cycling, running, disc golfing, walking the dog….mostly what has kept me busy this summer! I need to throw in some more vinyasa yoga though!!

Kim Benton

August 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Summer is a great time to try a new gym or yoga studio for a month. I recommend Pilates or hot fusion yoga! Open water swimming is also a great activity as is trying SUP, kayaking, canoeing–anything in the water. Too hot to be outside? Start a weight lifting program. Set a goal for learning pull ups! If you currently run on road surface, switch to trails. Run early or at twilight–use it as a meditative experience!


August 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm

1. Get a trainer
2. Take my boys camping for the first time
3. Spend more time hiking
4. Take more naps

Jill Patty

August 27, 2013 at 7:17 pm

1) paddle boarding
2) mountain bilking
3) rock climbing
4) running on the beach
5) walking on the beach with my girls hunting for sea glass

Julie Paris

August 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

SUP in the Charles River!


August 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Summer must do list!
Walk around your local farmers market and pick up in season fruits and veggies!
Try to take at least one beach or pool day (and don’t forget SPF protection!)


August 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Run a 10k
While one of my boys practices soccer my other son and I have started doing basketball drills running up and down the court. It is SO much fun to do together! πŸ™‚
Play tennis
Join the 9 hole golf group
Start doing Pilates
Enjoy the last days of sunshine and dry weather on the trails with my dog.
Cherish unexpected moments.

Christina Tigani

August 27, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Some things I did this summer and would recommend:
1. Grow your own garden — let the kids pick out some of what to plant and help out — they may eat it if they grow it!
2. Run your first marathon
3. Grab some friends and do a team adventure or relay race
4. Play ultimate Frisbee
5. Practice a new sport — I tried tennis
6. Take an indoor climbing class
7. Hike a gorge trail and swim under a waterfall
8. Go to a playground with your significant other and climb monkey bars, swing, slide — and don’t worry if anyone you know sees you!


August 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Go to a trampoline park and take your kids. It is crazy how much fun it is…..makes me feel like a kid again!!

Ranae Lantry

August 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Go on a moonlight bike ride in the country!!!


August 27, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Go for more walks and appreciate the beauty of your surroundings!

Ashley wilkinson

August 27, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Loads of great ideas already, so I’ll try to be original. 1. Offer to mow your neighbor’s lawn w your walking lawn mower. 2. Slip n slide with your kids in the back yard. 3. Carry a golf bag and walk 18 holes of golf. 4. If all else fails, do a 5k. πŸ™‚


August 27, 2013 at 8:15 pm

GET OUTSIDE! Winter will come soon enough. So get that workout outside. Run, bike, walk, yoga…get out.
Get in a fall race.
Eat all the wonderful goodies from your garden.

Hannah ulbrich

August 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Run with kids in the grass, swim with them in the water, play with them anywhere-this is their childhood and your wonderful life.


August 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

1. Family bike ride over a bridge(we did Tacoma Narrows).
2. Family triathlon.
3. Urban hiking..really it’s walks to local hangouts, playgrounds or classes. But it sounds much cooler and got my kids excited to get out and about.
4. Camp outs in the yard or playhouse. I always get a workout when we do these since I have to haul all the equipment out and into the backyard and then put it away.
5. Dance parties on rainy days.


August 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Hike as much and as high as you can. Fit in all those 13ers and 14ers before the snow falls.
Any kind of yoga: aerial, yoga burn, restorative.
Mountain bike through the trees.
Eat outside every night.


August 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Go for a run…train for a marathon!!!

Theresa j

August 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

A mud run would be awesome to do before the summer ends


August 27, 2013 at 8:32 pm

1. I spent this past Sunday at a pool party with my kids put on by the daycare they attend and will continue with the school year.
2. All four of us will go for a long bike ride along the bike trail before the girls start school on Wednesday.
3. I’m seriously looking into signing up for a training class for my first marathon.
4. Get back into my salads at lunchtime followed by a brisk walk to refresh the mind.
5. Set aside time after school starts for the girls to have fun and silly moments besides expanding their knowledge. It helps the creativity to flow out of them.


August 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Summer must do’s in the pacific NW – visit farmers markets (cherries! peaches!) and go for long runs on the water with mountain views in the background. Pure bliss.


August 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I started a weekly beach yoga meetup group at a local beach a block from my house. Last week’s savasana was perfectly timed with a beautiful pink sunset in the background.


August 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Some new things I’ve done this summer
1. Start doing Crossfit
2. Run a half marathon
3. Add superfoods to as many meals as possible
4. Encourage colleagues to work out – teamwork!
5. If you come up with or find a healthy recipe – share it!


August 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Top 5 on my list:
1. picnic by the American River
2. hitting up some good yoga workshops
3. staring up at the Milky Way on Forest Hill Bridge
4. Wanderlust!!!
5. having night walks with friends

Maria Broaddus

August 27, 2013 at 9:15 pm

A few things I’ve tried this Summer & loved!
-water yoga with my daughter
-kiddie yoga with my niece
-supyoga with my mentor
-relay run with new and old friends
-bicycling for health & the environment

{Things I would like to do before the Fall Equinox}
-take a yoga canoe trip
-hike in one of Indiana’s beautiful State Parks.
-swim, bike, then run
-salsa dance
-speak more Spanish



August 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm

-run the grand teton relay-180 miles in 24 hrs (check)
-hot yoga
-run with a running group
-swim in the ocean with my kids
-beach camping
-bike to the store for milk instead of driving
-hike through two national parks
-take my kids to Arches National Park
-canoe down the Texas coastline
-learn to play tennis


August 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Go kayaking with friends! I didn’t realize how much fun this was until I tried this summer.


August 28, 2013 at 2:34 am

Running a 10k or possibly a 10 mile. I just started running less then a year ago. I am so proud of how far I have come. And I am 30 pounds lighter. I would also like to do a mud run before the summer is over.


August 28, 2013 at 5:14 am

There is so much you can do during the summer. This summer we went biking, hiking, and canoeing with the kids. We did a lot of trails at the Audobon wildlife sanctuaries. So beautiful. Easy trails for little legs


August 28, 2013 at 5:25 am

Staying active and MOVING doesn’t have to be exotic ~ crazy ~ or out of this world….just MOVE. We keep it simple around here by:

1. Taking bike rides
2. Walking the dog
3. Paddle boarding…first time with my girls = a second time b/c it was sooo much fun!
4. Painted 2 bedrooms. Then moved beds, dressers, chairs, books etc from basement to 2nd story…talk about a work out!
5. And finally WATER SLIDES! Walking up all those flights of stairs was great (and the slide down so worth it!)

Movement to us is having fun and simply not sitting. πŸ˜‰


August 28, 2013 at 5:28 am

Try a Tri! There are tons of great races in the early fall, and late summer is the perfect time to brush off the bike, put your summer lap swims to good use, and give yourself something to look forward to as the cool mornings roll in πŸ™‚

L. Hong

August 28, 2013 at 5:54 am

1) Run a 5K
2) Yoga in the park
3) Rock climb
4) Hiking
5) Swimming
6) Jet Skiing


August 28, 2013 at 6:43 am

These are my summer must do’s, some of which I’ve accomplished and others hopefully soon before summer ends:

1) Go camping and hiking with the family
2) Running a half marathon (coming up on Sept 1!)
3) Canoe on the lake
4) Try a Tabata class (I tried it a few weeks ago and LOVE it! I get so excited and can hardly wait for the next tabata class at the gym!)
5) Biking with the family
6) Zip-lining


August 28, 2013 at 7:13 am

1. Use the playground equipment at your nearest park for a fun and effective workout
2. Host a water balloon fight in your yard.
3. Walk or bike as much as possible and see how little use you can make of the car.
4. Spend date night paddling a canoe on a quiet river.
5. Find a challenging hill and use it to create as many challenging exercises you can think of for a total body workout.

Steph Meinberg

August 28, 2013 at 7:16 am

Staying fit and having fun are must-dos for my summer – especially if they can also involve my 4-year-old!!! Some things we’ve been doing as a family that I highly recommend!

1. Kids/Parents Yoga – my local Moksha studio has a GREAT kids class in tandem with a heated class for adults. Great to get an hour of yoga in on the weekends AND get my little boy moving as well (he loves it).
2. Bike rides – whether we hit the local paved trails or just putter around the neighborhood, riding bikes has been a great addition to our usual outdoor play.
3. Hiking – here in Cincy, we have a great wooded hiking trail park called the Nature Center – even my 4-year-old can take on the longest trails, and is one of our favorite outdoor family activities to get us moving and out in the fresh air.
Cheers to all – and thanks to Athleta for keeping us updated on the latest and greatest ideas (and apparel!).

Erin Macfarland

August 28, 2013 at 7:55 am

A family camping trip!

Katie Dotson

August 28, 2013 at 7:59 am

1. rent a mountain cabin
2. Hike a new trail in the Smoky Mountains
3. Complete a 360 spin on the wake surf board
4. race a sub 24 minute 5k
5. go white water rafting

The cool part about these new things to complete the summer is that they can all be completed within 1 hour of my house!! I love Tennessee =)


August 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

What to do in summer?

* Mountain biking in Colorado, up hill then downhill, little bid of adrenaline
* Outdoor yoga class
* Trail running (5M) in beautiful nature
* Rollerblading around the lake
* Paddle boarding, new think to do for me
* Stairs climbing in forest preserve
* Hiking 14,000′ peak
* Kayaking
* Get the wind in to the hair riding a motorcycle
I just love to be outside!

Lori Johnson

August 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

Take an old dog for a walk
Jump on a trampoline
Go swimming outside before we cannot anymore
Smell the flowers
Play “Kick the Can”
Go for an early morning when it’s peaceful

Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

August 28, 2013 at 9:26 am

Take a hike, pick fresh peaches, go to the beach, trail running, sup yoga. So many things to do!


August 28, 2013 at 10:12 am

1. Greet the sunrise running
2. Stock freezer with fruit lollypops
3. Get awkward tan lines
4. Hike every weekend/ or evening before dinner
5. Get a Chaco tan!
6. Go canoeing/ kayaking in an alpine lake
7. Take a road trip


August 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

Workout out doors at least once a week
Relax outdoors once a week
Walk the neighbors for them
Bike tour of the city
farmers markets
yoga under the stars
wear out my hiking boots


August 28, 2013 at 10:52 am

Do at least 5 new things before the Fall Equinox on September 22nd . . .
This is a tough one. I won’t return home from deployment until the end of the first week of September. I would not have much time to do five things before the 22nd. Summer is the best time to do things & I’ve missed mine completely.
The first thing I’d like to do is go to Trader Joe’s with my husband & peruse all of the aisles for all of the healthy, organic food I’ve been missing. I look forward to preparing meals together with my husband.
I plan to hop in my Endless Pool as soon as I return stateside since I don’t live near any clean lakes or swimming pools.
Next, I plan to go cycling with a cycling buddy almost as soon as I return.
Then, I promised to watch my husband participate in his first Olympic Distance Triathlon. I wanted to participate, but that would not be realistic as I’ve been unable to properly train for such an event while overseas.
Upon my return, my husband & I intend to sit down & write out a plan for all of the events we would like to participate in. We have talked about doing one event a month. Sometimes, we will do an open water swim. Sometimes, we will do a cycling event. Then, we would do some triathlons together.
For down time from training, we plan to go kayaking in different parts of Texas.
I would also like to take part in a Navy Seal style bootcamp in Texas called, “Hellbenders’ Amphibious Bootcamp,” for the fun of it.
Finally, I think that my husband & I deserve to go get the best massage ever!
Enjoy the rest of your summer to the fullest! I hope to do the same upon my return!


August 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

Summer is short up here in AK so we have to make the best of the time we have by spending as much time outside as possible!!! There are the typical activities like hiking, backpacking, camping, biking.
Or you could try some not so typical things that you are never too old to do!!!
yoga in the park
playing steal the flag or some other equally fun, active group game in the park
water gun or balloon fights


August 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm

1. Indoor rock climbing…I was always afraid to try and LOVE it!
2. Challenge myself with more interval training.
3. Get in the pool and swim some laps. I hate swimming but it is such an amazing workout.
4. Train for an obstacle race like Tough Mudder.
5. SUP Yoga. San Diego bay is perfect just a little cold!

Beth O'Neall

August 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm

1. Rest. Stop whatever you’re doing and take a look around. Be inspired.
2. Go to the farmer’s market for local, organic produce. Serve it up with gratitude and deep appreciation.
3. Dance. Everywhere. In your car, in the kitchen, with your honey.
4. This summer I’m redefining my flexibility with intense, concentrated stretches (using the Ming Method). I had no idea how wrong I was stretching. Redefine your flexibility, or your strength, or your agility by learning more or experimenting or trying a new method.
5. Play like an animal. Leap around. Take a walk barefoot. Roll in the grass.


August 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Run, bike , swim, walk, climb!!!!!

Maureen Romero

August 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Swimming, hiking, kayaking, hot yoga class (which doesnt seem as hot when it’s hot outside!) or yoga on the beach, spelunking in a nice cool cave, ride your bike everywhere! If you live near the water, pick up trash along the waterfront or even if you dont live near water, pick up litter in your neighborhood.

Tena Meinerts

August 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Rollerblading to a hiking location. Two different workouts, twice the fun.


August 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Be a tourist in your own town! Try out new outdoor activities that you might usually overlook. Some community education classes or social coupon sites allow you to learn about and try something new inexpensively before committing to buying your own gear! And also a lot of outdoor stores will let you rent equipment for a small fee, as well as providing free or inexpensive outdoor education classes. Trying something you’ve never done before like kayaking, backpacking, or trail running will open your eyes to your usual surroundings in a whole new way!

Jen Germano

August 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Get out camping! I just had my first baby 2 months ago and since we live in the middle of the Mojave desert, its been hard to get outside without him overheating… but a few trips up in elevation have brought a much needed break from the heat… and camping with an infant is a good reminder to sow down, relax, and enjoy nature πŸ™‚ more mountain trips for sure!

Cambrey Knapp

August 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Things to do before summer ends:
1. Moon-lit hike (preferably up a mountain πŸ™‚ )
2. Go night swimming.
3. Run a triathlon.
4. Do yoga outside.
5. Cherish the end of summer, don’t rush through to the next season.


August 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm

1. Take your dog “hiking” through a local park.
2. Rock climb with a group on a Saturday afternoon.
3. Map out a group cycling route, hit the pavement.
4. Then cool down with an outdoor yoga class!
5. Try night time yoga on your porch to wind down.


August 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Go for a run on the beach, do yoga outside for hot yoga provided by the weather, do swim races with your children in the pool, go rock climbing or bouldering.

Tamme Booth

August 28, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Hike the Tahoe rim trail (or part of it) before the snow starts falling….


August 29, 2013 at 3:20 am

Walking daily in the woods
Kayaking in nearby lakes
White water rafting out west
Try indoor rock climbing
Wear more sunscreen
Ride my bike daily
Stop to smell the roses


August 29, 2013 at 6:19 am

3.more Tennis πŸ™‚


August 29, 2013 at 6:33 am

I’m planning a road trip from Michigan, to Zion’s National Park, to Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, the Bad Lands, Apostle Islands, the Upper Peninsula (Copper Harbor and Pictured Rocks) and then home! Along the way I’d like to:
-Camp in Zion’s
-hike the trails, as many as I can find!
-rock climb in Zion’s
-try some outdoor yoga
-swim in Lake Michigan
-Canoe around Pictured Rocks
-practice my martial arts (I study Kung Fu)
-A morning run in Yellowstone
– Explore unseen cities (on foot, of course)
-Eat as healthy as I can while on the road for 3 weeks
-Hopefully catch some Northern Lights in Copper Harbor
-Star gaze in the UP
-Catch every sunset!

Colleen Connelly

August 29, 2013 at 11:49 am

Here are my 5 things:

1) Try the insanity class at my gym
2) Visit my local farmer’s market
3) Try paddleboarding
4) Go scuba diving
5) Run a marathon

Kimberly Smith

August 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm

This summer I have managed to accomplish the following even with all the other changes that have occured: 1) P90x classes with friends 2) Yoga for stress relief 3) 20 mile bike ride stoping at a farmers market 4) running and 5) long walks with your kids or dog plus dancing with someone who makes you smile. The activities on my “bucket list” to try are SUP, rowing so I can experience what my son enjoys, and kayaking which looks like so much fun:-)


August 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I don’t have 5, but I have 3 already scheduled, so no turning back!! I have an audition to teach classes at a barre studio I adore. I am also getting AFAA certified to teach group fitness classes, including FUZEcraze and Pilates, and I am going to run a 10K (only 5K’s up until now). A gift card to the brand new Athleta in town will help me dress fabulously for my audition and classes, and I can share details of my beautiful gear with the ladies I am teaching soon!!
#’s 4 and 5 are to finish my new website, and spend as much time outside with my 2 young girls before the snow comes!!!
I love Athleta!!!
Kel πŸ™‚

Rachel Moberg

August 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm

What a summer!!! Here’s to adventure, activity, and trying new things!

1. Run a marathon: I signed up for my first marathon ever and am successfully up to 17 miles in my training!
2. Rope Swing: My hubby and I put up a rope swing into the river near our house. What a blast!
3. Run up a mountain: I ran up a Mount Falcon in Denver, CO. It was a 10 mile trail… can’t say I was running the whole time, but it was my first attempt at taking on a mountain trail, and the best feeling of accomplishment I’ve ever felt!
4. Paddle board: I paddle boarded through a waterfall. Beautiful.
5. Water ski extreme style: This summer my family slalom skied with 4 people behind our boat at the same time, and I kissed my husband mid-ski. πŸ™‚


August 29, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Go on a trail run.
Go on a group run with people you don’t know at a local runners store.
Pick blackberries.
Bring dessert to a neighbor.
Sign up for an event you will need to train in order to do well.
Buy some cute gear to wear to the event.
Kick a hill’s butt.


August 30, 2013 at 7:50 am

1. Coach a girls Field Hockey team, first time!
2. Walk/run in my first 5K on Sept. 14
3. attend a Grand Prix event Sept 1
4. go through the corn or hay bale maze
5. welcome home family from far away


August 30, 2013 at 8:10 am

1. Stand Up Paddle Board in the ocean! I am completely obsessed with it now.

2. Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga. Great workout and very relaxing all at once.

3. Zip Line. Even if you are a little afraid of heights, you will feel secure in your harness. Such a rush!

The last day of summer is also World Gratitude Day. Commit to being thankful for the Summer we had rather than being sad it is over =)


August 30, 2013 at 10:15 am

Do SUP yoga.
Go camping.
Visit your local farmers’ market & try 3 new veggies.
Walk barefoot on the beach.
Bike a dirt road.
Roll in the grass.
Swim in the ocean.
Go kayaking.
Jump on a trampoline.


August 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

My Bucket List for 2013

March – Indoor Tri – completed
April – 5k Rave Run – completed
May – 5k Rockies Run for the Homeless – completed
May – 10k Bolder Boulder – completed
August – Diva Sprint Tri – completed
August – 5k Warrior Dash – completed
October – Denver Rock n Roll Half Marathon in training

Can’t wait for 2014!


August 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

My list:
1. paddleboard
2. playing ladderball
3. Yoga on the beach
4. white water rafting
5. zip line
6. biking
7. roller blading
8. swimming laps

susie godfrey

August 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I have a friend that vowed to park her car and not drive for the entire summer-she rode her bike, walked, and rollerbladed. She also asked for rides or took the train! AND she was successful!! Now that is a summer challenge!


August 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm

~Family Labor day bbq and Swim party with our friends
~Take an all day hike with kids
~Run with my dog, training for my next race in the fall
~try a Hot Yoga class for a change in my yoga
~Bike with the family
~Practice Karate with my kids
~go wine tasting with my husband for his Birthday
~Dance, laugh and enjoy the Sunshine


August 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I’m looking forward to trying my hand at crew next week. Just found an adult recreational club in my area that I’m looking forward to getting involved in.


August 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm

i have friends who are really into spearfishing–it’s active, requires a lot of stamina, and if you’re a sushi lover, it’s a win win!

Carmella pike

August 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I really want to learn how to use the Sup.I tried it once and it was hard but fun! I would love to try rock climbing as well.I just started road cycling and love it!I also love Zumba and going for walks with my husband.I love going for bike rides with my eight year old son.I have done 4 or 5 5ks this year!

Donna F.

August 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm

yoga by the beach, surf lessons, hiking, evening sunset walk at the beach, outdoor boot camp


August 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Trail Running
Early morning walks
Swimming in the ocean

Joan Yourstone

August 31, 2013 at 1:18 pm

5 Things I Tried this Summer and lived to tell the tale……..

1) White Water Rafting – EXHILARATING ride on the American River in Northern California and quite the workout. Who knew the river guide only steers? Great all day workout! Word to the wise – keep reapplying sunscreen to your hands and feet, or you end up looking like a meal at Red Lobster.
2) Running and biking at sunrise – one word to describe – PRIDE. Well, maybe COFFEE.
3) Started a weight loss/healthy lifestyle contest with some coworkers – best part is it’s okay to call each other LOSERS!
4) New rowing machine – fun, difficult and gets me in β€œthe zone”. Hello waist, where have you been hiding for 20 years? Oh yes, under that muffin top. Nice to see you again!
5) First sprint triathlon in Laguna Beach next weekend. If I don’t drown during the Β½ mile swim, I will be the one crossing the finish line in head-to-toe Athleta. Power to the She!


August 31, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I live in the beautiful state of Montana, our summers are amazing but you have to hurry to pack it all in because they run a little short! Some ideas for the summer are:
~Packing a slackline in to a high country lake/overlook
~whitewater rafting
~midnight bike ride on a full moon
~Growing a garden and making healthy, tasty food with the produce
~meet a new friend
~wear sunscreen!
~go huckleberry picking
~run through a sprinkler (never too old!)
~And my latest, most rejuvenating was waking up early and bringing my yoga mat out into the middle of a golden wheat field and doing yoga as the sun came up and made the colors shine. It was awesome, highly recommended!

Kate S.

August 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Outdoor yoga
hike a mountain with your kids and play the chocolate fairy, leaving chocolates on the trail for your children to find
mow the lawn listening to an audio tape
take your dog for a walk
evening bonfires
midnight bear hunts
pick berries
build a zipline in your backyard
run through a sprinkler
host an at home day camp for the neighborhood kids

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