6 Spring Fitness Options
By Brandi Goodman
Now that spring is here, the exercise options available to you have grown exponentially. Anyone who stuck to indoor workouts throughout the winter can now start to engage in outdoor exercise routines that greatly enhance mental and physical well-being. At least six spring fitness options should be on your list.
Ride a Bike
You don't have to wait for summer to get your bike out of the shed. Bike riding is a great spring activity because it isn't too hot yet. The breeze will help keep you cool as you ride and really work out the muscles in your legs and lower body.
Walk Somewhere New
Don't head to your local park to walk around the trails. Instead, try somewhere new. Walking is a great exercise in the spring when plants are beginning to bloom and color is coming back to the world. Enjoying the view somewhere new can be great for mental clarity and easing stress.
Play at the Park
If you have kids, now is a great time to bring them to the park and play along. Even if you don't, you can still head there ... maybe at a time of day when not many people are around. A playground is the ideal place for a workout because you have so many different obstacles to use. Work your core and lower body as you swing. Jump down and go climb the monkey bars to strengthen your arms. Run across the wobbly bridge. Go down the slide and climb back up to do it again. You'll burn tons of calories and have a lot of fun in the process.
Not every workout has to be done outside. Spring cleaning is set for this time of year for good reason. Use it to your advantage and turn up the feel-good tunes as you get chores accomplished around the house. You'll be breaking a sweat and burning more calories than you realize. Outdoor chores can be added to the mix. Yard work is also a great full-body workout.
Join an Outdoor Exercise Class
A fitness class is a great way to stay motivated. You have other people there with you also trying to get fit and stay in shape. You don't want to stay stuck in a stuffy room when it's nice outside, though. Find an outdoor exercise class you can join so you're still surrounded by other people and don't feel funny doing it alone.
Play a Sport
You don't have to join a team, but finding sporting equipment to use around town can help you play and get in some good exercise. Grab a friend and head to the beach to use the volleyball net. Try a local basketball court. Some parks even offer tennis courts or baseball fields. As long as a regular team isn't playing, you're free to use them.
Give these spring fitness options a try whenever you're ready. Adding outdoor workouts to your routine can help boost your mental well-being as well as improve your physicality. Outdoor exercise often brings far more enjoyment to your day.
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