Take it Outside: Awesome Activities to Try this Summer

The summer months offer an excellent opportunity to relax and take a break.

It’s also the perfect time to get back into shape and prepare for the semester. Luckily, there are many summer activities that will keep you healthy and feeling good! Which activities should you try? Well, here’s my list of the best activities you can do this summer.


Hiking and backpacking are perfect for the early summer months before it gets too hot. Short hikes on the local walking trail or three-day backpacking trips through the Smokey Mountains both offer great health benefits. Walking (or even running) while out in nature is great for you. If you are looking for a place to do it locally, Chewacla has several beautiful nature trails for you to explore.

Photo by Jack P.

Photo by Jack P.

Mountain Biking

For you adrenaline junkies out there, mountain biking is an easy way to get your fix. Biking is already a great exercise, but riding through nature makes it perfect for your next summer activity. It’s fun, adventurous, and it’s a great way to spend a Saturday. Chewacla offers several options for students in town, so visit its website for more details.


Kayaking is one of your more flexible options. Once in the kayak, you can either spend your day relaxing or pushing your limits. Rent a kayak and calmly paddle on Lake Martin or take a more extreme route and go whitewater kayaking. Paddling will keep you active no matter which style you choose, and if you get tired you can simply sit back and let the current take you.


Bouldering is a fun and (sometimes) relaxing getaway. Most states offer hundreds of locations and thousands of routes. You don’t have to be a climbing expert to enjoy a day trying some routes. The range of difficulty also makes it a fun activity for both experts and beginners!

Photo by Colt F.

Photo by Colt F.

Pool Days

Pool days are the best days of summer and are great for taking a break from the summer heat. We typically think pool days are lazy days, but they don't have to be. You can easily make them active, and you don't just have to swim laps in the pool. Playing water volleyball or aqua basketball can really boost your heart rate. Plus, fighting against the water’s resistance helps you burn more calories.

These are only a few ways you can spend your summer having fun and staying active. Summer only comes once a year, and the last thing you want to do is waste it. Take a break from the norm and get out and get moving!

As always, from all of us at The Rec,

Be well, Auburn.

Cameron moved quite a bit before being able to call Auburn home. Born in Kentucky, then moving to Texas, North Carolina, then back to Texas, it is safe to say he is quite familiar with being the new kid in town.

He enjoys everything life has to offer, specifically Game of Thrones, nights downtown and, well, talking. If you find him say hey, and he will say it back. You will know when you meet him, because you will probably hear him before you see him.