Spring has finally sprung, and all of us are finally able to enjoy glorious blue skies, green leaves on the trees, and flowers starting to push their way up through the dirt. During the winter it can be hard to convince yourself to go outside - who wants to have to bundle themselves up in eight layers of sweaters and thermal underwear to slip around on some ice? But this time of year it’s time to take advantage of everything that nature can provide - which means it’s time to get your fitness routine out of your home and out of the gym and into the cool spring air. Here are some tips on what you can do to enjoy the great outdoors and stay healthy at the same time…
If you’ve never been jogging before then it’s easy to regard everyone who puts on their running shoes and effortlessly flies around the block as superhuman, doing something that you could never hope to manage yourself. But the truth is that anyone can learn to jog and the hardest part of it is, of course, getting started to begin with. First of all, make sure that you have a good quality pair of running shoes that support your foot properly and that you have comfortable clothes with moisture wicking properties. Then check out Couch To 5K for a routine that will help you get into jogging slowly and gradually.
There’s very little that feels as intrepid and exciting as biking - and there are different forms of biking that you can choose from as well. If you’re new to biking or if your skills are a little rusty, never fear - it really is true that you never forget how to ride a bike so you can use your childhood skills to start with. Trust your body and make sure that you bike on relatively easy terrains free of all traffic before you feel more confident. Make sure that you get good quality equipment - the mountain bike buying guide published on Nichereviewed.com may help you pick out a bike that suits you. It’s also extremely important to make sure that you have a helmet which will protect your head from any bumps you might get from falling off your bike.
There’s nothing better than making use of areas of natural beauty around your home to get fit. Slip on your hardiest walking shoes or boots (make sure you’ve broken them in first to steer away from getting any nasty blisters) and invest in either a good map or a guide to all your local trails so that you can pick out which the best path for you is. One of the great things about hiking is that you can use it as a fun family activity - get your kids interested in nature by taking a guide to the local flora and fauna, and getting them to pick out anything that they recognise. If you’re finding it hard to convince yourself to get out there, why not borrow a friend or neighbor’s dog as a perfect hiking companion?