Kick up Your Activity Level this 4th of July

altFourth of July celebrations usually go hand in hand with lots of great food and snacks. So if you want to keep your calories in balance on the 4th, here are some ideas for fun activities that will help you burn off those excess calories.

It's always fun to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, by taking the day off and hanging out with friends and family.  And it's become traditional for many Americans to celebrate this holiday with outdoor barbeques, poolside celebrations and fireworks displays after dark. So if you want to indulge in all the special foods that go along with this day, just make sure your activity level stays up with all your indulgences!

 

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So if you’re lucky enough to be headed towards the beach this 4th of July, beach volleyball is an awesome way to kick up your activity level.  Do you love the idea of playing beach volleyball for hours, but hate the way it makes your arm feel so sore and stingy afterwards? Well fear no more, that problem’s been virtually solved, with this no-sting Squish Volleyball that’s great to use on the sand, grass, or even in water, since it’s waterproof too. So get out there and hit a few over the net to burn off all those extra chips and guacamole you've been munching on!

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You probably know by now, that I’m an avid bicycle enthusiast, so I’m totally taken in with the fixed gear, or single speed, bicycling craze that’s been growing worldwide. More commonly known as Fixies, what I love about these bikes is their sheer simplicity and the way their design harkens back to the pure essence of where cycling began.  And what could be wrong with something that offers you’re a clean source of transportation that’s not only good for the environment, but is also a great way to help keep your body healthy too.  Right now, I’m lusting after The India, because I love the rich sunny yellow color of its rims, contrasted against its stealth matte-black frame. So if you’ve been kicking around the idea of investing in a new bike for yourself, the 4th of July will give you the opportunity to break in these new wheels and kick up your cardio at the same time.

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If you’re headed for the lake, this Sea Eagle Kayak will provide hours of fun for the whole family. And unlike many other kayaks, its not problematic to transport, since it’s portable and fully inflatable in almost no time with its accompanying foot pump.  It’s also fairly easy to maneuver, so even the kids can join in taking turns to help paddle it around the lake.

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