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10 Healthy Summer Activities in Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill is fun in the summer
The Philadelphia neighborhood of Chestnut Hill

1. Take a hike – The lush green of Chestnut Hill and its many trails, parks and neighborhoods beckons this time of year. Just step out your door and a scenic and healthy walk await you.

2. Stroll the avenueChestnut Hill businesses are open for summer strollers and guests. Grab a coffee (iced!) and engage in some retail therapy. By walking up and down the hill, you’ll burn off the calories.

3. Enjoy the arts – housed in a 19th century stone Victorian mansion, Woodmere Art Museum is home to more than 2,500 works of art. Just browsing through the six acres of grounds will give you a great walk and workout.

4.  Smell the flowersMorris Arboretum is in full bloom and its trees provide lovely shade on hot days. Get your heart rate up (and your gardening fix) with a walk around its 92 acres.

5.  Experience the theater – watching a play can help engage and exercise your mind. Check out Stagecrafters Theater, a local theatrical organization based in Chestnut Hill that’s running several shows this summer.

6.  Hit the ice – on hot days, nothing sounds better than a workout on ice, right? Head to the Wissahickon Skating Club for some rink time.

7.  Read a book – the Chestnut Hill Free Library continues its kids’ story hour on Thursday mornings at 10:30am and there’s a full summer calendar of events for more mature readers, as well. There are plenty of books about healthy eating and exercise to check out.

8.  Bike the trailsForbidden Drive beckons! A bike ride along the Wissahickon Creek is both gorgeous and great for your health. Just don’t forget your helmet and some water.

9.  Slow down – Take a moment to relax, breathe and maybe even meditate. The summer is flying by us, so be sure to enjoy it with a few moments of centered reflection.

10.  Get some ice cream – It’s hard to be healthy ALL the time, so be sure to enjoy a cold cone of frozen goodness at Chill.  Tell them Sharon sent you!

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