Arizona is an amazing place to live, there is literally sun all year and the winters are very mild. The diverse landscape in Arizona makes it one of the most unique places in the world. From the massive awe-inspiring craters of the Grand Canyon to the Natural Travertine Bridge, Arizona have some of the most beautiful landscapes and natural outdoor amenities that it’s hard to stay inside most of the time. There are a few months in Arizona where temperatures exceed 100 degrees and safety and precaution become a necessity for survival. People die every year hiking mountains in Arizona during the summer months. The ages range from the young and healthy, to the old and fragile. So many people miscalculate the hazards that the extreme temperatures pose and end up in really bad situations that become harmful to one’s health.

Not nearly as harmful, but definitely unhealthy, is sitting indoors all summer waiting for the heat to pass and the fall weather to arrive. Families huddle around the television in the summer like East Coasters do in the winter months. People avoid going outdoors and prefer the comforts of their home and air conditioning units. 3-4 months can pass quick from June to September and it’s easy to get into a lazy mode of living. Snacking, drinking, lounging in the pool, these are all things that typical Arizona residence will do during the summer months as they wait for temperatures to cool. As a result of this, it’s easy to pack on a few extra pounds and become lazy. There are always things you can do to keep your mind and body healthy and stimulated. A healthy mind and body is one way to maintain happiness, here are some more tips that will help you stay happy even when you are stuck inside most of the summer.

While the summer months drag on you can find productive things to do in the house that will keep you moving and get your heart rate up. Cleaning is always a great way to get up off the couch and burn some calories. Using the summer months to upgrade the interior of the home is also a great idea. Things like painting the walls are great ways to exercise the body, raise your heart rate, and be productive at the same time. If you have the finances and space, investing in a treadmill or a rowing machine is a great idea. Having exercise equipment in the living areas while you watch a movie with the family is a great way to burn some calories while spending quality time with loved ones.

Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the house though in summer months, finding recreational activities to do shouldn’t be difficult. There are indoor rock climbing walls all over Arizona that are great for climbing, meeting people, and getting the mind and body into a healthy state. Martial Arts facilities are also a great place to train once a day, make new friends, and burn a ton of calories. Also gaining popularity is Crossfit in Arizona; there are gyms all over Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Tucson. Finding an outlet like martial arts or Crossfit can be very healthy for you. There are also some great indoor swimming facilities, swimming is a low impact exercise that is easy on the body and great for improving movement and overall health.