Nature lifts your spirits. Physical activity boosts your mood. Why not do both and get a double hit of feel-good vibes? Notice we didn't say "exercise" or "fitness" or "workout." That's because you don't have to sweat or strain or follow a set routine to reap the benefits of moving more: a boost of confidence and self-esteem as well as lowered risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Plus! It helps you lose weight—and keep it lost. The more you move, the better, of course.
If you need a little bit more of a push, the ideas in your Weekly can help you move past common "don't wanna/can't" barriers to find ideas and inspiration, including from Connect our members-only social network.
So slather on the sunscreen (even in spring the sun can burn!), and get out of the house. Here’s a deeper dive into some seasonal ways to move your body as you lift your spirits.
Tend to your garden. The digging, planting, weeding, and so on are good for your body; and creating a beautiful or fruitful space is good for the mind and spirit.
Go fly a kite. Breezy, spring days are perfect for this energizing, not-just-for-kids outing. When you succeed in getting your kite aloft, it’s exhilarating! Need some tips? Get ’em here!
Join a team. Even if you're not a jock, outdoor sports can be fun. Scout local rec leagues for volleyball, tennis, or softball teams at your skill level. Check with your YMCA or community centre for a list of local teams.
Hit the beach. Don a wide-brimmed hat and go for a stroll along the water’s edge. Sand walking is a great leg toner, and in any season there’s something about the ocean waves that's both calming and energizing. Pack a Frisbee® or a paddle ball set to add FitPoints® to the fun.
Sign up for a race. There’s nothing like setting a goal to get yourself in gear and train for a walk or run, if proceeds go to charity, that’s even more incentive. There are lots of options to choose from in the spring!
Think outside the gym. There are lots of ways to take your workout outside.
Vegetables with Sizzle!
Grilling brings out so many wonderful flavours in vegetables—and you might be surprised to see (and taste) how so many of them take so well to the flame.