Summer is coming. Those three simple words can both inspire and excite, creating images in your mind of fun in the sun and adventures all over the world with your friends and family. And with the huge variety of activities available during the summer months, your options are nearly endless. But what you may not realize is that there are several things you can do now to prepare for those exciting few months in order to make sure that nothing interferes with your fun.

Get Fit

The sedentary nature of cold winter months, combined with the abundance of food, snacks and treats available over the holiday seasons can often have a drastic impact on your figure. So much so that the thought of heading to the beach or jumping in a lake is tough to imagine.With several months available to you to get back in your perfect shape, you have more than enough time to work off those extra pounds and get back to your beach body. LiveStrong has even broken it down to nine simple steps that will help you reach your goal in just three months including when and what to eat and how to make the most out of your workouts.

Get Certified

Many summer activities require licenses or certifications to make sure you know what you are doing when you do it. Now is the perfect time to get your studying done and take whatever tests you need to be ready for those activities. For example, many countries including the U.S. and Canada require boating licenses to drive a boat on the lake or rivers which can be easily obtained online.

If you are looking for an activity that incorporates a little more exploration and discovery, consider checking out the universe that resides underneath your boat. There are few things that are comparable to the beauty and majesty of the underwater world, but to explore it fully you need to be SCUBA certified. Every major city will have local dive shops where you can complete your certification dives and work with dive masters, but you can always visit PADI and get a jump start on your education.

Get Equipped

Most summertime activities require a variety of equipment and accessories in order to make the most of the activity. Water skiing, for instance, requires not only skis, but life vests, ropes, flags and other items so that everyone has fun and remains safe as well. Retailers such as Water Ski World offer all of the equipment you’ll need, from skis and wakeboards to safety gear to towable tubes that are fun for the whole family.

Whatever your preferred method of exploring the world and taking advantage of the summer months, make sure you are ready. Take the available time over the next few months to prep to take full advantage of the warm summer weather. Remember, everything you do now will leave you with that much more time on the lake, under the sea, or by the pool.