Review your fitness goals and try something new—especially if it involves the great outdoors. Here’s what I’m doing this spring, plus With winter behind us and the spring in full swing, now is a great time to revisit a few more fitness ideas that are perfect for the season of rebirth.
5 Spring Fitness Ideas
Train for a Race
Spring is the ideal time to dust off your running shoes, hit the pavement and train for a race. Whether you’re walking, running or a combination of the two, the weather is perfect. Plus now is the time to start training for late spring and summer races. Having a deadline like a race date looming over you might be all the motivation you need to stop hitting snooze each morning and make your workouts a priority.
Spring is the perfect time to bring your bike out of hibernation, whether you like to bike casually on a local trail or more seriously by competing in races or even commuting to work. A new goal for spring is to bike to work at least one day per week.
Hit the Trail
Hiking and running on trails throughout the spring and summer is a great way to see the scenery. The air is crisp and clean, and the atmosphere is so refreshing. and challenges my muscles in new ways. Whether you run, hike or bike on trails, let this be your reminder to get back to nature.
Perfect a Sport
Do you have a desire to get outdoors this spring but don’t know where to begin? Do walking, running or biking simply not appeal to you? Then why not try your hand at a spring sport like tennis, softball, golf or kayaking! When you enjoy a sport and work to perfect your skills, the activity hardly seems like a workout despite having major calorie-burning and health-boosting benefits. Look for lessons with a pro in your area, join an amateur adult league (if you’re the least bit competitive, it’ll be a kick in the butt to motivate you to stay active and in shape), or play recreationally with friends or your family.
Bring Your Workout Outdoors
One fun way to liven up your exercise routine is to take your typical work out outside. Treadmill runner? Hit the streets for your jog. Love kettlebells? Bring them to your backyard. Class regular? Look for outdoor boot camp classes in your area. Sometimes just changing your scenery can do wonders for your motivation. Try a goal to exercise outdoors (however possible) once or twice a week this spring.
Spring is synonymous with rebirth. Take advantage of this lively season by injecting a little fun back into your fitness routine. Whatever goals you choose, share them with someone for accountability. Tell anyone who will listen and you’ll be that much closer to recreating yourself and your future.