Looking for ways to get more active this spring? Spring has sprung! The snow is melting, the ground is thawing and the weather is finally starting to warm up. Now is the time to get up and get active. Let’s take a look at different ways to get more active and outside this spring.
Guess what? Being active doesn’t simply mean you have to do a traditional workout. Let’s see some fun activities that will get you moving now!
Different Ways to Increase Activity this Spring
Walk, walk, walk!
Walking is one of the best activities for you! Take a look at just a few of the amazing benefits that walking can offer you:
- Strengthens your heart and decreases your risk of coronary heart disease by 19% if you walk for 30 minutes 5 times a week. That risk reduces even more if you increase your activity! (source)
- Eases joint pain. Particularly the knees and hips as walking helps to strengthen the muscles that support these joints.
- Boosts your energy and improves your mood. Exercise increases oxygen flow to the body increasing energy, and it produces endorphins which are known to boost mood. This leads to a decrease in anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues! (source)
One way to increase activity in the spring is to get outside and workout! Kill two birds with one stone. Enjoy the nice weather and get your workout done. Sunshine and physical activity are both known to boost your mood and have countless health benefits!
The next nice day, skip the gym and take your workout outside. Your driveway, backyard, or even a local park are all great options! Try this 15-minute bodyweight circuit. No equipment is needed!
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Do some yardwork
Not likely to do a traditional workout? Head outside and do some yardwork! Yardwork is a great way to incorporate cardiovascular exercise. The constant up and down and movement increases your heart rate and oxygen flow to the heart. It’s also a good way to increase flexibility and spend more time outside soaking up vitamin D.
Plan a fitness date with a friend
Studies show that people will keep up an exercise or fitness routine if they have someone to do it with. An accountability partner is a game-changer when it comes to planning workouts and actually accomplishing them.
Instead of meeting up for coffee, plan a fitness date with a friend instead. You can meet up at the gym and workout together or even go to a class. If you don’t go to the same gym, go for a walk to talk and catch up or create an outdoor workout you can do together. There are so many options!
Fitness with your Family
What better way to have a consistent fitness partner than enlist your family to share in the fun? Beginning exercise as a child will build a lifetime of healthy fitness habits for your children!
Here are a few options for increasing your activity with your kids! Set an example. Kids that see their parents exercising regularly will see it as a normal part of their daily routine.
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Run or Walk while the kids ride their bikes
Whatever you do, your kids are likely to do. If you go for a walk or jog every morning, your kids may pick up on that. Consider bringing them along next time. If they’re still young, get them to ride your bike alongside you.
With time, maybe you can all enter a race together (think Turkey Trot) or just race each other informally around the neighborhood.
Take a family bike ride
Not wanting to run? Hop on a bike and ride along with your kids!
Go on a scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts are a great way to get more active in the Spring months! Instead of sending your kids out on the adventure, join in on the fun. You can also make it a competition to see who can finish first or get the most items in a certain amount of time.
Grab some FREE outdoor scavenger hunt printables here! There are several options including a picture version for toddlers to participate.
Play different backyard games
There are tons of games you can play as a family for everyone to get more active this spring! Family games are a good way to get the muscles going and burn off some calories.
- Flag or touch football
- Tag or any of the fun tag variations
- Ladder golf or Corn hole
- Catch (with any type of ball!)
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How to Get More Active this Spring
There are countless ways to try and incorporate fitness into your life besides hitting the gym for a workout. All you have to do is get up and get creative. Consider taking a family walk after dinner. It’s a good way to chat about how the school day went while burning off some extra calories, getting fresh air, and spending time with family.
Laying a solid foundation of fitness in your life begins with you. Establish fitness patterns for yourself and within your family. When your kids are older, the fitness activities they did as a family will become a part of their nostalgia and they’ll pass these activities along to their kids. An object in motion stays in motion…
On the next beautiful day, think back to these options, head outside, and get more active!