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5 Ways to Stay Active This Summer

Jun 29, 2016 10:25PM ● By Finn McFarland
Looking for ways to get outdoors and stay active this summer? These five enjoyable summer activities double as great workouts. Don’t forget your water bottle!

1. Go for a swim. Whether you swim laps in the public pool at the Woodstock Rec Center or head out to Silver Lake in Barnard for a distance swim, you’ll stay cool while getting a great workout. Bring your kids and have short sprint races from one side of the pool to the other or between two markers at a lake.

2. Go canoeing or kayaking. Paddling through the water is a great upper-body workout, and if you need to cool off, you’re right on the water. Many local recreation areas like Silver Lake State Park and Camp Plymouth State Park have canoes and kayaks for rent.

3. Go for a hike. A number of popular trails in the Upper Valley lead hikers up through the shade to the top of a mountain or hill where there’s often a cool breeze and a great view. A hike to Luce’s Lookout off Route 12 between Woodstock and Barnard crosses the Appalachian Trail and ends at a cabin. Here hikers can climb up onto the lookout for a beautiful view of the Upper Valley.

4. Try tubing down the Ottauquechee River. While a ride down the river may not seem like a workout, you’ll be amazed how tired you are after navigating rocks, rapids, and currents.

5. Challenge a friend to a round of golf. Visit a local course like the Woodstock Country Club or the John P. Larkin Country Club in Windsor and enjoy the outdoors. To maximize your activity, walk the course instead of renting a golf cart.

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