With spring right around the corner, the weather is finally starting to warm up enough to regularly do things outside. For many of us, that is fantastic news, as we can now go trail running, mountain biking, and enjoy many other outdoor activities that don’t involve snow. For others, spring is a delight because the scenery is beautiful, full of blooming flowers and blossoming trees. In any case, after a long winter, spring is a long-awaited breath of fresh air, and it’s up to us all to make the most of it.
During the winter, it can be hard to get motivated to exercise regularly. Not only are the outdoor exercise options limited, but the gyms are full, expensive, and often far away. The winter is definitely the hardest time to work out, and spring is arguably the easiest. So, if you’re looking to get back into the swing of things or kickstart a healthier lifestyle, here are 7 activities to get you outside more this spring.
This is on the more expensive side, especially if you don’t have a bike, but it can be one of the most enjoyable. Riding your bike to work instead of driving is a small change that, when done regularly, will get you into great shape and help the environment! That’s a win/win. Whether you’re making short trips to the grocery store, riding through the mountains, riding to work, or just going out for a spin, cycling is a popular outdoor exercise that many people find well worth the financial investment.
Another popular option (especially in the Utah area) is rock climbing. The great news is that once you have the gear, you’re ready to go rock climbing whenever you have an hour or so to spare. It’s an activity that will tax you mentally as well as physically, and offer you a unique opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family and meet new people in the process.
Pickleball has been around for a while, but it has only recently become popular. Its sudden popularity can be attributed to how inexpensive the materials are, how easy it is for beginners and the elderly to play, and how fun it is. All you need are a court, a few paddles, a ball, and at least two people, and you’ll be ready to play! The best part is that it can be as physically strenuous as you want it to be, so you have complete control over whether you want to play a friendly game or if you want to work hard and get some cardio in.
Much less about working out and much more about having a nice and relaxing time, camping is the definition of spending time in the great outdoors. With some planning and preparation, a camping trip is inexpensive and a great time for everybody. There’s nothing quite like disconnecting from technology and spending time with friends and family exploring the great outdoors.
There’s just something about having a picnic or a barbecue outside that makes eating an adventure. Whether you’re planning a date, looking for some alone time, or taking your family out for a fun activity, a picnic is a simple way to have fun and spend time outside. And if you’re looking to get the family together or catch up with some friends, hosting a barbecue at your place is a fantastic way to do it.
Go for a Walk
In the winter, many people switch to walking on treadmills to avoid having to trudge through the snow. And while treadmills offer many great benefits that walking outside does not (more comfort and support, calorie counting, and speed tracking, to name a few), walking outside has its own benefits that treadmills just can’t provide. Walking through nature has been shown to increase creativity, make people happier, and be more appealing than walking on treadmills. And the best part? You can do it anywhere, completely for free!
Join a Sports Team
Whether you’re an advanced player or a true beginner, there is undoubtedly a sports team to fit your experience level. In addition to exercise, sports teams offer the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, and have a lot of fun outside. Plus, they don’t require a big time commitment and are inexpensive to join.
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