7 Ways to Celebrate Summer

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7 Ways to Celebrate Summer

1. Get social
Summer is the start of festival season. Do a quick google search or visit venuedog.com to find festivals in and around NW Georgia.

2. Lend a helping hand
Volunteer organizations are always looking for help, and you’re looking for a way to get some exercise and feel good. That sounds like a great match! Volunteering to walk dogs for your local animal shelter or volunteering to help with yard clean-up for local elderly or infirm people are just two examples of ways you can turn up your activity level and do some good for those in need.  You can also earn 25 HarbinSTRONG points.

3. Eat something green
Veggies like lettuces, spinach, kale and snap peas are plentiful at the local farmers markets now. Support our local farms and take advantage of these early season vegetables try something fresh.  The HarbinSTRONG Farm Stand is every Wednesday at the Main Clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There is also an after work Farm Stand on Fridays.

4. Start a new outdoor hobby

There are many, many activities to try outside that you may never have considered that cost little or nothing. Disc golf, ultimate Frisbee leagues, geocaching, and waterfall spotting are all examples of fun outdoor activities that will get you moving without breaking your budget.  Take advantage of our local parks.

5. Play in the dirt
Remember when you were a kid and how much fun it was when you got REALLY dirty? It’s still just as much fun, but we just cover it with more adult activities. Mountain biking, gardening, and wild mushroom hunting are just a few things that will likely make a mess – and leave you with a sense of accomplishment when you’re finished.

6. Splash around
You don’t have to be a world-class swimmer to enjoy spending time in the water. Whether you’re swimming laps at the local pool or doing some shallow-water running at the beach, water provides additional resistance to your workout, improving both the cardio and aerobic benefit you receive.

7. Do some fishing
Fishing can be a wonderfully relaxing way to spend a few hours. You get to spend time in nature, see some wildlife, and (if you’re lucky) catch some dinner! If you’re not a pescetarian, you can always practice catch-and-release (after getting a photo, of course!).  You get additional cool-points if you take your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews with you.

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