Summer Sports In Phoenix
At Phelps LaClair, we’re all in when it comes to sports. We know that participation in sports means exercising and building friendships. These go a long way toward living a long and healthy life. There are many opportunities to join in fun outdoor (and indoor) activities in Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, and Scottsdale). Let’s take a quick look at some of the popular summer pastimes and see how they are being affected by the various restrictions presently in place. And before we go, remember that Arizona heat can be brutal in the summer!
As we know, pro sports leagues have been heavily affected by COVID-19. Some big events such as Wimbleton and the British Open were cancelled in the spring. Even the Olympic Games were postponed until next year. Recently, however, some major leagues are beginning (or have begun) shortened schedules for the remainder of 2020. Golf is in full swing (pardon the pun) after lying dormant since March. Racing – both horses and automobiles – have already started their seasons. Pro soccer has been going strong in Europe for several weeks now. Several MLS and NWSL teams are playing this month, some without fans in the stands. A few teams have withdrawn due to COVID-19 outbreaks on their rosters.
Major League Baseball begins a 60 game schedule in home ballparks on July 23. No determination has been made concerning fans. The NBA starts at the end of July with all games being played at Disney World in Orlando. Fans will not be allowed to come. Also without fans allowed, the WNBA will have a 22 game season in Bradenton, Florida. The NFL regular season is scheduled to begin on September 10. The fan situation is unknown at this time. NHL games will begin playoffs in August. They will play in Edmonton and Toronto.
Water sports provide an excellent way to get exercise and stay in shape. Swimming is a full body workout that is beneficial to your heart, lungs and bones. Fortunately, many public facilities are open this summer. Social distancing is required, but masks are not. Check with your local water park or pool to be sure they are operational. Don’t forget to bring the sunscreen and hand sanitizer.
White water rafting, canoeing and kayaking are also great opportunities for fresh air, exercise and sunshine. There are places in the Phoenix Valley where you can rent the equipment for canoeing and kayaking. If you want to try rafting, you will need to travel a bit, but exercise caution because some places where you stop may not be well-sanitized.
Your local playground is a great place for the kids to play in normal times. With the current virus precautions, you will want to avoid crowded playgrounds. Try to find times that are less crowded and stay aware of social distancing. Some playgrounds may not be open, so it’s always best to check before you go. If you do decide to go, the CDC has published some guidelines for your safety.
It’s all too easy to just blow off exercise when it’s inconvenient. But remember that exercise is essential to living a long and healthy life. Phelps LaClair encourages exercise because we want to see you active well into your senior years. Health is wealth, so plan now to live a fulfilling life that will bring happiness to you and your family. For all your estate planning needs, call us for a free, no obligation consultation. We can show you ways to keep your wealth and pass a legacy on to the next generations. In the meantime, we’d love to hear about the activities in Phoenix you and your family are enjoying. Have fun this summer, and stay safe!