Healthy Summer Habits

By Najla Kayyem, Fitness Expert

CrossFit Scottsdale Owner, Coach and Mom


The change in routine and soaring summer temperatures often create short fuses and frustrated family members. How can you turn – “It’s hot,” “I’m bored” and sibling bickering into a happy summer vacation?


Here are four tips to create healthy habits so summer becomes a season everyone looks forward to.


  1. Get Up, Get Out: It sounds simple but if you can get outside early each morning, you will remain energized and productive throughout the day. A 15-minute walk, job, swim or bike ride before it gets too hot will provide a boost and allow you to sleep much more soundly.


  1. Culinary Training: Summer schedules allow children (especially pre-teens and teens) to help out more around the house. Harness this availability and invite them to plan and help prepare light, simple summer meals. Kids will also learn budgeting and nutrition while providing a valuable service to the rest of the family.


  1. Earn You Seat on The Couch: Ever arrive home from work only to see your child in the exact same position on the couch (and wearing the same clothes) as when you left that morning? Don’t give up. Have children earn their TV, video or social media time through comparable increments of time reading a book, exercise or physical labor (like mowing the lawn). These must be completed before the desired social media or digital activity is allowed.


  1. Adventure Vacation: These are becoming very popular and provide endless options. Try scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, family tennis tournaments, and more as you allow summer vacation to bond each family member together.


Need more ideas to develop healthy summer habits as an individual or family? Check with Najla and the other coaches at CrossFIt Scottsdale –