With busy schedules and the sweltering heat of summer days, it can be challenging to stick to our workout schedule indoors or outside.  However, it is the perfect time to change our routine by trying fun and fitness on the water.

With pools, lakes, rivers, and our beautiful ocean, there are plenty of ways to stay in shape and have fun on and in the water in southern New Jersey.  It is great for our bodies and can be fun too. There is a tremendous variety of aquatic activities in our area. From paddle boarding to kayaking, we have the best local aquatic activities you can try this summer.

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    JCC - Margate

    Think of working out, except with water aerobics you are working out in a pool. Your body is tested by the resistance of water when doing standard forms of exercise. You can lift weights, kick, or even swim around to workout your entire body. Your muscles will most definitely be sore after doing this for the first time. 

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    Paddle Shack - Egg Harbor Township

    You can find yourself going on some really interesting journeys while kayaking. It’s fun, fast-paced, and great for working out your upper body. Also, get ready to see some gorgeous scenery along the way on your adventure.

    Try Harbor Outfitters, located in Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, and Ocean City, or the Paddle Shack on Patcong Creek in Egg Harbor Township.

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    Extreme Windsurfing - West Atlantic City

    It’s surfing combined with sailing and a little technique. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll have a blast on the open water. There is a learning curve, but it is a great workout and a wonderful way to enjoy the water. You can try it at Extreme Windsurfing in West Atlantic City or Kennedy Park in Somers Point.

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    Stand-Up Paddle Board - Cape May

    This is for those who like a laid back atmosphere. However, don't be fooled by the slower pace. Stand up paddleboarding does a lot more for your body than you might think. Maintaining balance for a long time does wonders for your body. Working out doesn’t always have to be super fast. Paddle boarding is an example of that. Look out for Baycats in Ocean City or Stand-Up Paddle Board in Cape May.

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    Winding River Campground - Mays Landing

    Tubing is a great way to enjoy the water at a somewhat slower pace.  The Egg Harbor River is a great place to do it.

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