With winter weather finally behind us, it’s time to look ahead to shorts and swimsuit season. We don’t know about you, but we’re desperately searching for ways to switch up our boring indoor fitness routines and step out into the sunshine.
Get some fresh air and soak up some vitamin D with a little outdoor exercise! Aren’t sure what you should be doing? We’ve got it covered:
Whether you like to go on a morning run or take an evening walk to clear your head, it’s time to put away that treadmill and get outside! Gather some friends together and head to the park — or take a few laps around your neighborhood. Spring is the best time to experience new trails in your area, too. Just be sure to check the forecast before your trek!
2. Train for a Mini
Training for a mini marathon or charity run can be rewarding in more ways than one. While you may think running such a long distance is impossible, there are programs out there that can help you prepare, by detailing exactly what you need to do each day leading up to the race. It may seem tough at first, but you’ll build endurance, strengthen your muscles, and run farther in just a few months! Do some research, and start training today.
3. Ride a Bike
Bike riding is one of those workouts that just doesn’t seem like work. You may not realize it while you’re pedaling, but your glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps will be burning later! Pack up your bike, and head somewhere scenic to take your mind off of the exercise and simply enjoy the weather! Oh, and be sure to wear a helmet. :)
4. Go Rollerblading
Rollerblading is another enjoyable option for outdoor exercise — and it’ll probably remind you of how much you loved it as a little kid! Rollerblading also gives a crazy-good workout to your legs, butt, hips, and lower back muscles, too. If you choose this option, be sure to wear the proper safety gear, including a helmet and knee/elbow pads.
5. Go Hiking
Often considered a leisure activity, hiking can be very strenuous on the body! Round up a group of friends, your significant other, or your whole family, and head out on an adventure. Just be sure to stay in unrestricted areas, such as on park trails, and never go alone!
6. Try a New Sport
Why not turn your exercise regimen into a game? Pick up a game of basketball, tennis, or golf to work those muscles. Whatever you decide to do, just get outside and get moving!
What’s your favorite spring workout routine? Please share!