By Carol Phillips
Spring is a time when most people feel a sense of renewed energy. The weather becomes warmer, the landscape becomes greener, and flowers blossom. Our senses are invigorated with the changing sights, sounds, and smells, which often compel us to spend more time outside, breathing fresh air and enjoying the warm sun on our faces.
New opportunities abound to increase our level of exercise, such as hiking, biking, and walking, among many others. Here are some simple ideas to help you be physically active while spending more time outdoors and taking a mental break from everyday life:
- Invite a friend over for dinner and go for a walk afterward
- Go on a family bike ride
- Participate in a local outdoor fitness class
- Sign up the family for a charity walk
- Start a garden and grow your favorite vegetables
- Sign up for email alerts to local, free events and participate in the ones that excite you
- Find a new trail to hike and bring a healthy lunch and a blanket for a picnic afterward
- Go horseback riding at a public stable
- Eat breakfast outside and go for a short walk before jumping in the shower
- Download an audio book to enjoy while walking or jogging
- Invite your spouse to take an adult dance class with you; practice in the backyard
- Join an adult amateur sports team
- Purchase a yard game the family can enjoy in the spring, summer, and even fall
- Go kayaking (rentals are available)
- Go fishing in a rowboat
- Take your sweetheart out for a night of dancing at a restaurant with an outdoor patio
- Become a dog walker at a local animal shelter
What ideas excite you? Is there an activity you’ve wanted to try but haven’t made it happen yet? There’s no time like the present. Don’t let more time go by without turning your dreams and desires into reality.
The most exciting part is that while you’re outdoors having fun, you’re likely reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and a long list of health problems associated with being sedentary. You can enjoy life while reducing your risk of numerous health problems.
Moving your life in a healthy direction includes anything that excites your brain, gets you moving, and reduces your stress. The more fun you have, the less stress you’ll experience, so discover what you enjoy most and plan your next adventure right now.
Carol Phillips is a national health and wellness expert, the award-winning author of 52 Simple Ways to Health, and the radio host of Ask Coach Carol. She helps companies significantly reduce costs and increase productivity through a new approach to wellness. Based in Manchester, N.H., she can be reached through her website at www.HealthDesignNH.com.