I find it funny that it is mid-spring, and until a few days ago, it didn’t feel like spring at all. Actually I find it the opposite of funny… Spring is one of my favorite times of year and this year it will be a short season. But now that the weather is finally nice, there are a million spring activities to enjoy! Get out of your apartment. No matter how cozy it may be, it cannot compare to the beauty of nature this time of year.
Walk your dog. Walk yourself. Run. MOVE!
Ok, so we don’t all have dogs to walk, but get outside and move your legs. (If you do actually have a dog then please take them with you.) Spring is the best time to be outside. It’s not too hot, not too chilly. You can enjoy the sunshine without having to completely stress about getting burnt (but please still wear sunscreen!)
Spring also happens to be the time of year when many people make it their mission to get in shape. Take advantage of the weather and run outside instead of on the treadmill! Those lunges you do in the gym? Believe it or not, you can do those outside too. Really, the Vitamin D will be good for you.
If you are lucky enough to live in an area with many hiking trails like I am, take advantage. You won’t have any regrets (except when your legs are sore the next day, but it’ll be worth it).
Ride a bike.
I’m obsessed with biking, and just recently got a brand new bike that is made for the 30+ mile rides I frequently embark on, so this spring weather is super exciting for me. But all you need is a cheap seat with two wheels and some pedals to enjoy the outdoors. You get great exercise, and can get pretty much anywhere in town without sitting in a car and missing out on the fresh air. Also, it is just fun. Haven’t gotten on a bike since middle school? I know you’ve heard the expression “it’s like riding a bike”. The know-how comes right back to you! Find some wheels and hop on.
Gather some friends and play some sports.
My friends and I LOVE to play Frisbee and soccer when the weather is nice. If I’m lucky, I will be able to recruit enough people for some Wiffle Ball. You will be having so much fun that you will let all of your worries go (even if just for a few hours). You can even turn it into a party with a few coolers and some food!
Relax or meditate in the fresh air.
Sometimes, we just need to relax and breathe. Doing this from your living room probably works to an extent, but when you have the opportunity to breathe in the fresh air and watch the wildlife flourish, why miss it? There is nothing like taking a few minutes away from busy life and just enjoying the nature around you.
Participate in a charity run/walk.
Spring is full of charity walks in every location. I am positive that your community is hosting a number of them this time of year. Participate! You can volunteer, walk, run, or just support. These events benefit great causes and are a great way to get yourself outdoors and meet new people!
I am in no way advocating sun bathing. Enjoying the spring weather is extremely beneficial for the mind and body, but protect yourself! Skin cancer is more dangerous than many realize. Don’t put yourself at risk just because you want a tan! That tan isn’t worth shortening your life. But I digress…
Get outside, get moving, take advantage of the nice weather while it lasts! Pretty soon we will be avoiding being outside for long (aside from the summer excursions) and cranking up our air conditioning.