Go Out & Play!

Enjoy springtime pleasures that deliver fitness benefits.
Published April 21, 2016

Nature lifts your spirits. Exercise boosts your mood. Why not do both and get a double hit of feel-good vibes? Shut down the treadmill, slather on the sunscreen (even in spring the sun can burn!), and get out of the house. Here are some great 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
April is National Kite Month; 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 lapping of waves that raises your spirits. Pack a Frisbee® or a paddle ball set to add FitPoints® to the fun.

Sign up for a race
There’s nothing like a 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.

Think outside the gym
There are lots of ways to take your workout outside. Enjoy these ideas for getting fit without a membership.