Summer rolls around in East Texas and I begin to question my life choices. The heat outside can do crazy things to a person, but so can feeling like a prisoner in your own home. So how can one enjoy getting moving outside this summer but survive the heat to tell about it?
Whether you are wanting to incorporate more physical discipline in your life, or simply get moving with your kids, East Texas plays host to handfuls of active and fun opportunities!
For the fun seeker:
-Become fast friends with someone who lives at the lake.
-If that’s not in the cards for you – did you know you can rent boats for the day, just like you would an AirBnb or rental car? My friends and I rented an incredibly well kept pontoon boat that came with all the bells and whistles (boards and floats and life jackets galore) and spent all day on the water. I would highly recommend checking out your options. (Boatsetter.com)
Bergfeld Park recently remodeled their space to include a small splash pad on the Broadway side, and Faulkner Park in Tyler has a spacious area for water play as well. City Park in Whitehouse is little known, but a big win in my book (3$ for the day). Big bang for your buck.
Easily catered to your children, both preference and age, this page out of a summer camp’s book is a winner. Choose a few themes for your upcoming weeks, and plan your activities around them. For example, maybe Monday is “Carnival Day” so you make Cotton Candy in a baby pool, practice your aerobatics on the slip and slide in the backyard, or put on a bubble show for your stuffed animal patrons. Maybe your kids would love “Ninja Day.” Have a water gun fight, send them to “warrior training” (aka… throw water balloons at them and task them with staying as dry as possible) and cut everything you eat that day into the shape of ninja stars. They sky is the limit, and Google can be your best friend.
Throw a rock most places and you could probably hit a gym in East Texas. If a really good sweat session is more up your alley, the people of Tyler offer loads of options for the athlete inside.
-Crunch Fitness, the newest large scale workout facility to the area, has a ton of classes to choose from, including Zumba, a cardio class involving drumsticks and hip hop, standard HIIT sessions, and yoga. Bonus points here, they offer childcare to Peak members.
-FitMama: If staying at home is more your cup of tea, but you are looking for guidance, accountability and motivation, this program is for you. The creator is a Tyler native with a heart for moms. Programs offer workouts, meal plans, nutrition education including macro-coaching, and specialized pre or postnatal attention. Check out the website at www.stephanieadkinsfitness.com
-Fit4Mom: Want to bring your kids along for the fun? This program offers StrollerStrides, among other options, a workout that allows your little ones to enjoy the burn with you, but from the comfort of the jogging stroller. They aim to be a network of moms supporting every stage of motherhood. Check out your first class for free (tyler.fit4mom.com)
– Just get moving. Tyler has so many places to simply be active outdoors. Try the outdoor trails behind FRESH, walk the paths on Rose Rudman and stop to play at Southside Park. Take a bike and lunch to Tyler State Park, or rent a paddle board at Lake Tyler.
It doesn’t matter what you are doing – it’s hot as the dickens during an East Texas summer. Venturing outside requires performance clothing, a water activity, or a preparedness often overlooked. Here are a few of my go-to’s when “weathering” the heat.
– An attachable smart phone fan. I bought this for my mom as a gag gift, but it turned out to be one of the more popular/sought after items of our year.
– A self-cooling towel. I use this all the time. It stays in my sports bag, wraps around my neck when strolling the kids, I even packed it in my hospital bag for the births of my babies. Instant cool on a hot day.
– A good water bottle. If you have yet to join the Yeti revolution, now is the time. Brand doesn’t matter, just get you a water bottle that keeps your drink cold. Your body will thank you.
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