Hello and Happy Wellness Wednesday! Do you love spring as much as I do? It’s so energizing to wake up when the sun is shining, you see the green grass and tiny flower buds and not having to worry about wearing a coat! You know it has been a long winter when my 1 ½ year old son can’t understand why he doesn’t need his stocking cap before we go outside anymore. When the weather is beautiful and the temperature perfect, almost any activity, including exercise, seems more fun and enjoyable. Here are a few of my favorite worthwhile pastimes that help me keep up with my healthy lifestyle:
Tennis: Even if you’re not a pro, tennis is a fun sport for people of all ability levels. Racquets and a can of balls are inexpensive and whether you play with a friend, significant other, or by yourself (any large wall will do), you’ll burn almost 500 calories per hour.
Gardening and Yard Work: Call me crazy, but I enjoy working in the yard and with having a very curious little guy right at my hip, it makes it that much more fun! For me yard work is very therapeutic and a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors and take pride in our home’s appearance. General yard work burns about 300 calories per hour which is not a bad way to work out while you beautify your home!
Biking: A great low-impact alternative to walking, biking is a great way to return to the outdoors this spring. Many bike paths and trails are available throughout the state so let’s take advantage of them! Last year my husband and I treated ourselves to his/her bikes for mother’s/father’s day gifts and purchased a carrier for our son. Biking is one of our favorite, FUN, family activities!
Wash Your Car: On the first few days of nice weather, you’ll find motorcycles, convertibles, and scooters out in full force as drivers jump at the chance to bring out their “babies” for a spin after a long winter in hiding….. especially the South Dakota winter we just had!! You’ll also see long lines at the car wash. There’s something about this weather that makes us want to clean up our cars, am I right? Save money and do it yourself by hand washing, drying and waxing your car at home (or at the DIY carwash instead of the automatic one). With a little elbow grease, she’ll be shining in no time and you’ll have burned 250 calories in an hour’s time.
So, let me hear from you…What are some of your favorite activities that you typically just do during the spring/summer months? Regardless of your activity…..keep moving, enjoy the weather and…Be Well South Dakota!