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Midway will be taking a break over the summer
After reminiscing with fond memories, Class of 2024 graduates in Rockefeller Chapel

    Stay fit and beat the heat

    Explore indoor summer activities
    Olin Nafziger
    Use of VR fitness programs is one example of an indoor wellness activity.

    While summer is typically associated with outdoor adventures, there is a plethora of indoor activities to explore on bad weather days or days where you simply don’t feel like going outside. Here is a list of four indoor summer endeavors, organized by level of intensity, to help you stay fit.

    Level 1

    Tai chi is a Chinese martial art focusing on slow, flowing movements, deep breathing and meditation. It’s accessible to people of all ages and fitness, prioritizing technique over strength. Additionally, it doesn’t require any special equipment or gear. According to Harvard Health, tai chi improves muscle strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic conditioning. 

    Classes are offered downtown at Chicago Tai Chi, 180 W. Washington St., Suite 900. 

    Level 2

    Virtual reality fitness programs enable users to follow interactive workout plans, play sports simulations and even engage with other users. They offer a convenient way to exercise without needing to go to a gym or athletics program. Research indicates that working out in virtual reality is as effective as training in real life. 

    VR headsets are widely available for purchase from stores such as Amazon, Target and Best Buy. Some fitness apps may need a subscription to use, such as Supernatural on Meta Quest. 

    Level 3

    Ice skating is typically a winter sport, but it is also available all year at indoor locations. It’s a good way to train balance, coordination and endurance while also burning a significant amount of calories. Indoor ice skating also provides heat relief during the summer. 

    Equipment for ice skating can be purchased at most sporting goods stores. Numerous figure skating programs are available throughout Chicago, such as Figure Skate Chicago

    Level 4

    Skydiving is not something most people have on their bucket list of summer activities, but indoor skydiving (booking required) at iFLY in Lincoln Park provides a safe, exhilarating experience and a core workout during freefall. 

    All flight gear and instruction will be provided by iFLY. Avoid wearing loose clothes, jewelry and open-toed shoes.

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    Tinson Xu
    Tinson Xu, Reporter
    Tinson Xu is a member of the Class of 2027 and serves as a reporter. He began in 2023 when he was in ninth grade.
    Olin Nafziger
    Olin Nafziger, Photographer
    Olin Nafziger is a beginning photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2025. His favorite part of photojournalism is taking pictures of school activities and sports, and his favorite sport to photograph is golf. Outside of class, Olin enjoys biking, watching TV and participating in various school clubs. Awards: 2023 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest, sports reaction, third place 2023 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest, still life, honorable mention

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