Family enjoying a oicnic in the park

As the temperatures rise and the sun shines brightly, it’s easy to associate summer with relaxation, vacations, and indulging in delicious treats. Amidst all the fun and relaxation, summer can be a wonderful time for individuals, friends, and the whole family to also focus on health and wellness goals. Whether you’re looking to reach a fitness goal, increase your endurance, or simply improve your overall well-being, the YMCA of Greater Whittier encourages you to embrace this season’s health – and fun – in your summer plans!  

Longer Days and Increased Motivation
One of the greatest advantages of summer is the longer daylight hours. With the sun setting later in the evening, both children and adults have more time to dedicate to activity and any health goals. Additional daylight can be a wonderful opportunity to try something new or spend more time moving and caring for your health in ways you already enjoy.

Outdoors Activities as Workouts
Summer opens up options to take advantage of the great outdoors and explore the scenic parks, trails, and beaches in the Greater Whittier area as a family or for self-care and fun! Refreshing hikes, jogs along the beach, picnics in the park while practicing yoga, or even water sports like paddleboarding or kayaking together are all a short distance away. Outdoor activities are also workouts that provide physical benefits and opportunities to connect with nature, reducing stress and increasing overall well-being.

Vitamin D and Enhanced Mood
The science is real! Sunshine means an abundant supply of vitamin D, which is essential for children and adults alike for bone health and overall immunity. Spending time outdoors during summer can help both children and adults produce more vitamin D naturally, as the skin absorbs it from sunlight. A healthy exposure to sunlight triggers the release of serotonin, a hormone that contributes to feelings of happiness and well-being. The great outdoors can not only improve physical health but also boost mood and mental wellness for everyone.

Seasonal Produce and Healthy Eating
Summer can be the perfect time to incorporate fresh, seasonal produce into meals. Local farmer’s markets offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that are rich in nutrients and hydrating properties, which are especially beneficial during the hotter months. By consuming a diet abundant in these fresh foods, both children and adults provide their bodies with the essential nutrients needed for optimal performance during workouts. Healthy eating combined with regular exercise is a winning combination for achieving fitness goals as a family.

Stay Connected to Family, Friends, and the Community
Engaging in activity and health goals individually, with friends, with family, or joining community events can add an extra layer of motivation and support to the journey.

The YMCA of Greater Whittier is proud to organize community events throughout the summer, which bring friends and families together to celebrate fitness and well-being. By participating in these events, you not only stay active but also create lasting memories and build connections with like-minded individuals who can inspire and encourage everyone along the way. 

Take advantage of indoor facilities to beat the heat!
While the summer heat can be intense, the YMCA of Greater Whittier understands the importance of providing indoor facility options to stay active. Our welcoming facilities offer a range of fitness equipment, group classes, and amenities designed to accommodate all ages and fitness levels. From weight training and cardio machines to swimming pools and basketball courts, you’ll find everything you need to stay active and achieve your fitness goals, regardless of the weather or your preferences. 

All ages classes and programs
The YMCA of Greater Whittier offers a variety of family-friendly classes and programs that cater to different interests and age groups. You can participate in family fitness classes, such as Zumba or family yoga, which promote bonding and physical activity. Additionally, the YMCA’s youth programs provide children with opportunities to engage in age-appropriate fitness activities, ensuring the whole family can stay active together. 

Utilize expert guidance
The YMCA’s knowledgeable and experienced staff are available to assist you and your family in creating personalized fitness plans, offering guidance, and ensuring proper form and technique. They can provide insights on suitable workouts, appropriate equipment usage, and helpful tips to keep everyone motivated and engaged.

Whether you choose to explore the great outdoors, enjoy the indoor facilities, or participate in community events, the YMCA of Greater Whittier is ready to help and support you as you embark on this fitness journey together. With programs, classes, and resources, you can stay active and make the most of the summer months. Embrace the heat, step out into nature, utilize the YMCA facilities, and make this summer a time for you, your friends, and your family to prioritize health, well-being, and quality time!