Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again… Gustav Mahler
Yes, boys and girls, believe it or not, spring is just around the corner. Almost exactly one year ago, spring was cut short when the world went bonkers and life as we know it got super-duper weird. Gyms closed, recreational sports were cancelled, and everyone took to their houses and got on a first-name basis with Little Debbie and Netflix. Now, 12 months later, things seem to be calmer. States are opening up, people are starting to move about again, and I am optimistic that I may be taking the mound again for the Zion Hill Ladies Softball team!
Since springtime is the season of renewal, why not renew your passion for health and fitness with some different outdoor activities? Here are five options for springtime activities to get you moving again:
— Get in the Gardening Game: While gardening is not a traditional “fitness’ activity, it is an activity that can get you moving. Digging, hoeing, planting and weeding all utilize multiple muscle groups. Plus, the healthy fruits and veggies that you harvest will come in handy for planning healthy meals for you and your family.
— Join a Pick-Up League: Pick-up leagues exist for just about anything. Basketball, softball, soccer and even disc golf are just a few options. Check the local paper, Facebook or recreation department websites to see what is up in your community.
— Start Your Spring Training: Spring training is not just for the Yankees and Red Sox, you can use the spring to get in shape for your favorite competition. Whether you are a runner, biker, walker or play a summer sport, use the spring to train and get ready to compete. That way, when June rolls around, you are ahead of the game.
— Take Your Regular Routine Outdoors: There is nothing wrong with your at-home Yoga or favorite online in-home exercise program, but when the sun is out why not move it outdoors? Most people who don’t get at least 15 minutes of sunshine a day run the risk of having a Vitamin D deficiency. In the coronavirus era, the more Vitamin D the better!
— Start Cycling: Spin classes are cool, but why not take your two-wheeling on the road? Cycling is easy on the joints and is a great cardio workout. Also riding gets you farther along than walking or running so you can take advantage of more change of scenery.
These are just a few ideas to get you “Springing” into action this spring. Whatever you do, make sure you stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and, if at all possible, find a workout buddy to keep you company and keep you motivated.
Here’s to hoping that spring 2021 is a whole lot better than the 2020 edition!
Kathy Hansen has more than 30 years of experience in the health and fitness field. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]