ad // We all have a different relationship with sport and exercise. Some prefer exercising indoors, some prefer going to the gym, others like running when it’s cold out. For me personally, I love getting outside and much prefer exercising when it’s a little warmer. Spring is typically a time for new beginnings and fresh starts with hope in the air. It’s also the time of year I feel more motivated and inspired to move my body.
When Winter seems to have lasted forever, Spring is a welcome arrival, with longer days and lighter nights, warmer temperatures and seemingly more time to do the things we want to do – which is really beneficial for our exercise routines!
It’s finally time to get back outside more and embrace the Spring weather and exercise is a great way to do that. You’ll be moving your body and focusing on your physical well-being, as well as getting all the benefits from fresh air, nature and being outside. It’s a win all-around, really!
So in today’s post, we’re going to chat about some fun ways to exercise outside this Spring. If you’re sick of being cooped up indoors, this one is for you. If you’re ready to start a fitness journey but also getting body and mind benefits, then I hope this gives you some inspiration!
Here are 5 fun ways to exercise outside this Spring:
Go for longer walks
Walking can be a really good mood-boosting Spring activity. Depending on where you take your walk, you might see baby animals and new Spring flowers in an array of beautiful colours. And walking is also extremely beneficial to our physical health, heart health and mental health!
There are many ways you can enjoy walking more; listening to music or a podcast, walking with a friend, walking somewhere new, taking your camera with you and turning it into a photography session.
Play tennis with friends
Tennis is a great way to get outside, exercise and spend time with friends all at the same time – so many benefits all rolled into one exercise! I used to play Tennis in school – in fact I was on the Tennis team and we went to Wimbledon as a treat.
If you’re going to head outside to play tennis, then it’s worth ensuring you have the right equipment and clothing to make the game as comfortable as possible. Consider your clothing and get yourself some tennis shoes so you’re light on your feet!
Practice Yoga – outside!
Of course, you knew that I was going to mention Yoga in this post somewhere and whilst I do practice Yoga all year around, during Spring, I do like to take my mat outside and do my practice in the fresh air, among the birds, bees and trees.
I’ve even been known to practice Yoga outside at night, when it’s just about warm enough. Try doing a full-moon practice UNDER the full-moon. It’s pretty spectacular.
Find an outdoor swimming pool
If you’re lucky enough to have access to an outdoor swimming pool near you, then that could be a fantastic option to get you exercising outside more during Spring. Swimming is such a great exercise and being in the water can be blissful.
Not only is swimming great for cardiovascular health, it’s also a nice low-impact activity, so very suitable for a range of different people, even those with some types of chronic pain.
Take your regular home workout outside
Similarly to Yoga, if you like to do workouts at home such as HIIT or Pilates, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from taking your workout outside in the Spring to get the added benefits of being outside.
If you don’t have a garden, head to your local park! As long as it’s safe, there’s no reason why you can’t smash out your HIIT workout in the park – just take your exercise mat with you!
I wrote a post earlier this year about using the seasons for your self-care and I definitely think that sentiment applies here. I think it can be wonderful to work with the seasons and the weather and incorporate them into your daily life more.
And when it comes to exercise, that’s fairly easy to do!
So whatever your sport or exercise of choice, I hope you can get outside some more this Spring and take your workouts into the fresh air.
Do you like to get outside to exercise? What’s your favourite outdoor activities to do in the Spring to boost your physical and mental well-being?
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I absolutely love the idea of doing yoga outside, but really have to try and do it under a full moon when the weather turns warmer, it sounds like true delight x
Yes! Do it! It’s a beautiful experience x
Great ideas Jenny. I can’t wait for warmer weather to go for longer walks and visit the pool!
Same, I’m so done with the cold now!
Great ideas for spending time outdoors and getting some exercise at the same time!
I love these outside exercising ideas! I am all about being outside once the weather turns nice! Thanks for sharing!
Yes me too, love it! 🙂
I plan on swimming and walking this spring. Outdoor yoga is such a great idea.
It’s so lovely, I’d highly recommend you try it!
Spring is a wonderful season to start outdoor exercises. Jogging or birsk walking, yoga, tennis, swimming are great for improving physical and mental health.
They sure are!
Oh my, it’s been a long time since we played tennis with friends. These are great things to do.
I can’t remember the last time I played tennis either!
Thanks for sharing, once the weather gets better I do like going out for longer walks to explore new routes, esp. if at the end I have the reward of a cup of coffee or tea 🙂
Oh yes, always the cup of tea at the end!
Great post! I love exercising outdoors when the weather allows. It’s a lovely change of pace and lifts my spirits!
Definitely lifts my spirits too!
Last Spring I started the Couch to 5K and managed to complete it and keep on going running right up until September, when I damaged my ankle. 1st March is in my diary to start again, as soon as it gets warmer, and I cannot wait!!! x
Oh amazing! Best of luck with it!
I would love to do some workouts outside when Spring arrives, a great way to get out in the sunshine and get some much needed Vitamin D! x
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Oh yes absolutely!
This has got me thinking I should make sure I do my exercising outside in the botanical gardens this Spring! It’s a great way to move my body in the sunshine and among some beautiful flowers!
Oh yes absolutely! Sounds like a beautiful place to do some exercise x
I will have to try my home workouts in the garden when it warms up. Great exercise suggestions!
Thank you 🙂