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Eat ice cream

Eat ice cream
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Nothing says summer quite like eating ice cream at the beach, lake or park after a hot day frolicking in the water. Could you buy an entire box of ice cream at the supermarket for the same price as one from the gelato bar? Sure, but where’s the fun in that?

Walk barefoot in the grass

Walk barefoot in the grass
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Strolling barefoot through soft grass is the perfect way to get out of your daily bubble and smell the roses (literally!). The smells, sounds and feel of nature will soothe your work-weary soul and melt away stress. It may even offer some unique health benefits; according to proponents of ‘earthing’, walking barefoot can help with insomnia and other afflictions.

Read under a tree

Read under a tree
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Unplug and take a fun novel, gossip mag or other light-hearted read outdoors. Set up under your favourite tree and enjoy the stillness and tactile pleasure of reading a real paper book. Bonus: Everyone looks smarter reading under a tree. It’s pretty much science.

But for something a little more active, run away on a runcation.

Visit a farmer’s market

Visit a farmer’s market
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Many cities offer a farmer’s market on summer weekends, allowing you to support local farmers and up your health game in the tastiest way possible. Come for the juicy summer fruit and fresh vegies but stay for the interesting crafts, bright flowers, sweet honey, hand-made sausages and new friends.

Go to an outdoor event

Go to an outdoor event
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From Shakespearean classics to local bands to movies to music festivals, your outdoor entertainment options are endless in the summer. Check out your neighbourhood social media page or city website for dates and times. Even better, many of these events are free or don’t cost much – just make sure social distancing is part of the contingency plan.

Looking to get physical? Try these 10 leisure activities that also burn off calories aplenty

Run through a sprinkler

Run through a sprinkler
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Think playing in a sprinkler is just for kids? Adults can play this refreshing game too and it doesn’t even require a swimsuit. The next time you see a sprinkler watering the grass in the park, take a few running leaps through it. Skip. Laugh. Frolic. You’ll dry, we promise.

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Play the cloud game

Play the cloud game
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Finding shapes in the clouds is a simple way to take a break and have some fun. And all it takes is a grassy spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, where you can lay down and look up. When is the last time you looked up at the sky?

But for something a little more adventurous, try these extreme holiday cures.

Stargaze

Stargaze
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If you think clouds are fun, the night sky will blow your mind – especially if you can get far enough away from city lights to see the milky way. It’s worth the trip out to the countryside. Seeing the vast expanse of eternity laid out on a clear summer’s night will change your life.

Go camping

Go camping

Camping is the quintessential summer activity yet so few of us actually do it. Being outdoors (and away from mobile phone service) is a great way to reset and get in touch with nature. If you’re worried about not sleeping well outside your own bed, science shows camping can actually help cure insomnia.

And if you’re camping by the water, why not try snorkelling, or swimming with whale sharks.

Build a sandcastle

Build a sandcastle
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Sand in between your toes (and in your hair and down your swimsuit) is peak summer. But don’t just settle for lying on the beach (don’t forget to lather on the sunscreen). Get creative and have fun by building a sand castle complete with turrets and a moat.

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