BYOB: Bring Your Own Body

BYOB: Bring Your Own Body

Forget a beach body, how about your own?
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The word beach body seems to be popular around this time of year. And I may be the only person who is not a fan of the word, or idea behind it, but I've seen enough articles to be worried. So this summer I've decided to start using the following: bring your own body. And while I'm aware it can be used for alcohol, it still fits.

Where do I start?

Well, it seems like people treat the beach as a place with some set rules.

. Don't jump on children's sandcastles or creations

. Keep your music to an acceptable volume

. Don't be naked unless it is specified as a nude beach

. Be aware of how much room you need to play games

. Watch your kids and whoever else you are responsible for

The rules above seem pretty reasonable, as well as no glass on the beach, depending on your location. But there's one that shouldn't be a rule. While there isn't a bullet for it, I believe it is unsaid by many, or rudely and inconsiderately said.

. Certain styles require a beach body

This is not to insult anyone who works out or does a lot to better themselves. That's great. But not everyone, even with the work, will look like someone might think is idle. For this reason, I say that the beach is getting whatever body I give it.

My body is not without some fat, muscle, and stray hairs, and I'm okay with that. I try to be healthy and work out, but I'm also responsible for a lot of other things right before summer hits. These responsibilities sometimes mess with my efforts, and sometimes my own genetic and mental state intervenes as well. But I try.

So the beach is getting my rectangular self with a small butt and some slightly noticeable bumps on my chest. But I'll still have the body acne, sunburn, and poof of hair as well.

Don't feel like you have to look perfect to go and have fun at the beach. If you have stretch marks that is okay. And so what if you have a stomach, almost everyone has one when they sit.

So, how you get the perfect beach body?

1. Get your beach stuff

2. Go to the beach

3. Have fun and use sunscreen

Be safe and take care of yourself this summer. And, yes, this does include sunscreen. Let judgemental people make themselves miserable. Just don't be a creep.

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.

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When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.

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As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!

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Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.

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I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds

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Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.

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Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide

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Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.

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This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.

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AND THEN LET THEM GO!

17. Build a fort.

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Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.

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Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.

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Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.

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Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.

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Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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