Spring is the perfect time to head outdoors for fun and physical activity. The weather’s still mild, and nature puts on an impressive display of blooming trees and flowers. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting to do than just going for a stroll, there are plenty of ways that you can enjoy the season while also achieving your fitness goals.
Visit a local, state or national park near you that offers hiking trails. You’ll be able to take in scenic surroundings, see local flowers and trees in bloom and catch glimpses of birds and other wildlife taking advantage of the warmer weather. For a more challenging workout, head to the hills or mountains to make your leg muscles work even harder on steep trails. Pack a nutritious lunch or some healthy snacks and water to keep your energy levels up during your hike.
If you prefer staying closer to home, spend your mornings or afternoons doing some gardening. While gardening seems like a calming activity, it actually gives you a good workout. Pulling out weeds, digging in the soil and performing other tasks to make sure your garden is ready for planting requires a lot of physical effort. After you’re done planting, you’ll be rewarded with a colorful display of flowers. Keep in mind that you can also focus your gardening efforts on growing your own vegetables and herbs for healthy eating.
Some communities offer residents a chance to play soccer, baseball or softball in a local league during spring. Check with your community to see if these are available, and consider joining a team. Playing one of these sports keeps you physically active on a regular basis all season long and lets you have some outdoor fun. You’ll also get to spend time with other people in your community and maybe even make a new friend or two.