Springtime is finally here! Seeing the cherry blossoms blooming and watching the grass turn green make my heart leap for joy! :) There's just something about the warmer weather, sunshine and longer days that gives me an energy boost.
I was talking with Caleb the other day on ways we can make exercising a habit. One thing we've decided to do is Crossfit workouts at home (because joining a Crossfit box is expensive). I've also decided to go to the Christian yoga studio across the street a few times a week (yes, there's a Christian yoga studio!).
As we were talking, I realized that getting active really isn't that hard. With a few basic tools, the long-awaited springtime can be full of fitness and fun. Will you join me? :)
Tools for getting active this spring
A sense of adventure
Keep your eyes open and you may discover that there are opportunities for getting active right in front of you. Do you drive past a park, mountain, or path every day without a glance? Try stopping the car and exploring the area; you may discover some new favorite spaces. Do you reflexively get behind the wheel to do an errand? Try walking there; it may take longer but you will feel great when you return.
Comfortable yoga pants
Yoga pants are my go-to if I'm doing anything active, whether I'm going on a bike ride, practicing some yoga, or simply running errands on a Sunday morning. Not only are they comfortable, but they come in some pretty cute and flattering styles too!
Wearing the right shoes while you're doing anything active is important to avoid any joint or back pain. Keep in mind that not all shoes are created equal; the activities that you will be doing matter. Running shoes are not the same as trail hiking shoes, and you want to be sure you give your feet the best shot at supporting your body through your springtime activities.
Water, water, water; staying hydrated is key to feeling great as your activity increases and the temperature rises. Carry a reusable water bottle with you to make sure you always have something to drink.
"Getting Active" bucket list
Sometimes the hardest thing about getting active is finding the motivation to do so. One way to get encouraged is to create a "Getting Active" bucket list for the spring/summer. Here's a snippet of mine:
- Go on a walk around the block after dinner every day
- Do some spring planting
- Ride bike on 5 different trails around the state
- Play frisbee golf with friends
- Take a yoga or pilates class
- Do yoga every morning outside
- Walk around the local zoo or aquarium
- Bike to the beach instead of driving
- Play with the neighbor kids outside
- Rock climb
- Play tennis with my sister
Something to remember as you're making your "Getting Active" bucket list: Do what you love. If you are not a fan of going to the gym, why go? I'm not big into running, so I didn't put that on my list. I considered training for a 5k that's in the fall, but I decided against it. Why? Not because I'm lazy. Because I simply don't enjoy running. So do what you love. And soon, you'll be checking off items on that bucket list of yours in a snap ;)
What about you? What's on your "Getting Active" bucket list? How do you stay active every day?