Spring is putting in an appearance, and that means that it’s the ideal time to enjoy the outdoors. Don’t feel that all of your activities have to be a workout routine. There are so many active things that you can do that feel a lot more like fun than exercise.
Here are six ways that you can spring into shape.
1. Hit the Trails
Florida is home to a wealth of fantastic trails that make it possible for you to enjoy natural beauty while also getting in a cardio and strength-training workout. Use your local parks and recreation, city or country website to find parks near you that have trails.
If it’s been a while since you were active, choose shorter trails. You can always work your way up to longer, more challenging hikes over time. Make the excursion even more fun by getting your family involved. Hiking is fun for kids, and it gets them started on the path toward a lifetime of health and fitness. You’ll have so much fun that you won’t even realize that you’re exercising.
2. Try Paddle Boarding
Have you heard about paddle boarding? It’s become a popular outdoor activity in the last few years. That’s partly because it’s fun and partly because it’s easy to learn. Another aspect that you’re going to love is that it gives you a fantastic core and shoulder workout.
Paddle boarding may be done on the ocean and in lakes and rivers. Classes are offered for people of all ages, and many popular waterways have rental sites where you can pick up all of the necessary gear. Once again, this is a great activity for the whole family.
3. Sign Up for a 5K
At just over three miles, a 5K is a doable goal for running or walking. Signing up for a race may just give you the motivation you need to stick to a training schedule. Make certain that the race is sufficiently far in the future that you’ll have time to get ready. Also, look for a race that’s friendly to walkers and runners. It’s a bonus if the race supports a cause or charity about which you are passionate.
4. Set a Goal
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you start working out. You want to lose weight, get stronger, feel more energetic and sleep better at night. These all are worthy aims. However, they also are vague. Set a specific, realistic goal for yourself, and your efforts will be more focused and far more successful.
Your goal could be absolutely anything, as long as it’s sufficiently detailed. Here are a few examples:
-Lose five pounds -Be able to do 25 push ups -Run a mile in less than 10 minutes -Swim a half mile
5. Grab a Friend
Working out with a buddy is always more fun than exercising alone. It gives you someone with whom you can share your journey. You can commiserate when the going gets tough and push each other forward when your motivation lags.
A workout partner also helps to hold you accountable for showing up to workouts and giving it your all. In fact, a buddy can help you succeed in your goals when you might fail on your own.
6. Have Fun
Exercise doesn’t have to be a grind. Make it fun by choosing an activity that you enjoy like dancing, swimming, hiking, bicycling or almost anything else. Also, realize that all of the active things that you do, such as gardening or taking a walk after dinner, add up to give you a healthier, fitter lifestyle.