Author: Alena Mokrycki
Similar to your food choices, it can be beneficial to add some variety to your workout routine. This can keep things fresh and make exercising more enjoyable (or as enjoyable as possible!). It can also keep your motivation high to help you stick with your exercise goal. Now that you can get outside more due to the warmer spring weather, this could be the perfect time to update your workout routine.
Note: These options also can be done while following the current social distancing guidelines. However, if you’re not in a place to get outside safely, these ideas will be available for you when you are. Safety first!
That being said, here are some ways that you could spring clean your workout routine:
- Walk, jog, run, hike, and bike: Go to your favorite place or try a different location for some new scenery. Bring a camera to stop and take pictures along the way!
- Play outside with your kids: Play tag, jump rope, kick a soccer ball around, or play catch. Set aside time in your schedule to get outside when everyone is available, such as over the weekend. You can rotate between who gets to select the activity, so everyone can be involved in the decision making process!
- Use outdoor gyms at parks: Certain parks have outdoor gyms, where you can walk and stop at the stations along the way. This is a great way to do a variety of exercises that require equipment without having to go to the gym.
- Play disc golf: Many parks now also have disc golf courses. This is a great way to incorporate walking with an upper-body workout. You don’t have to keep score, especially if you haven’t played before!
- Practice a sport: Since you can’t join a recreational league or coordinate a pick-up game right now, practicing on your own can be a great option as a back-up plan. Pick a specific activity that you would like to work on developing. For example, for soccer, you could use an agility ladder, practice juggling, practice dribbling, or practice shooting.
- Get competitive: Even though community events are currently on hold, pretend that you have signed up for a 5k or a similar event. Doing this can also help you to get into a more consistent workout routine since you will have an event to train for in the future. You can train by walking, jogging, running, or doing a combination!
- Do some spring cleaning — literally: Yard work counts too! There is always plenty of work to be done outside in the spring. Some examples include trimming shrubs, mulching, gardening, and eventually mowing and weed whacking. This is a great form of exercise, which can help you to reach your step count goal for the day. Plus, you can check something off of your to-do list at the same time!
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