The summer solstice is here at last! That means today is the longest day of the year and the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. With the beautiful week of swell and perfect weather we’ve had in Southern California, hopefully a few of you have already been taking advantage of the long, sunny days. However, we paired up with our friends at OKIINO to share a few healthy ways to spend the longest day of the year. After all, the sun doesn’t set until 8:08 pm tonight here in California, so you’ve got a whole lot of daylight to burn.
1) Get on a Board
“Surfing is one of my favorite forms of expression… the freedom of the ocean, the warmth of the sun. Sometimes it’s nice to get some sun protection, though, for the days when the waves are too good to leave!” -Emi Erickson.
Today is International Surfing Day around the world, so you’re pretty much obligated to grab a quick session before or after work. No matter what kind of board you’re riding, you’ll be glad you got in the water to kick off summer.
2) Go Exploring
“Being underwater never fails to give a sense freedom and awe, especially with company like this!” -Emi Erickson.
The sun is shining and the water is clear, so there’s no better time to explore. Whether you’re grabbing a mask or just kicking around, you’re sure to find something (or in this case, someone) that makes the day memorable.
3) Hit the Mat
“Yoga is a great way to make your body stronger, while also teaching yourself to relax. Going through the different poses is challenging at times, but it allows you to really push yourself to be a stronger, more powerful you. Since the summer solstice is the longest day of the year, it gives you more time to do what you love!”-Megan McHale.
Yoga is amazing for the body, but it’s also good for the mind. Get yourself in a positive frame of mind today with a quick yoga flow. It will help you enjoy this day, and this summer, to the fullest.
4) Take a Ride
“Riding my cruiser down the bike path is an amazing way to get some exercise, and to also relax. The bike path is such a peaceful place on the North Shore most of the time, and it makes me feel incredibly calm. And, what better way to spend the longest day of summer than riding your bike and going to the beach?”-Megan McHale
Why drive when you can ride? Make the most of the daylight by reaching for your bike instead of your car keys. It’s good for you and the planet too.
5) Grab a Paddle
“I love SUP Surfing because you get to be in the ocean enjoying nature. The view from standing on the board (as opposed to laying down) is amazing, especially in beautiful places like Hawaii! You get to work your core the entire time you are paddle boarding. “ -Gillian Gibree.
Whether you’re paddling distance, or SUP surfing, grabbing a stand-up is a great way to get in the water anytime, but especially when the waves are small. After all, the bigger the board, the greater the fun. Or something like that. Plus, paddling is an amazing workout that will whip you into shape.