5 Outdoor Activities for Spring

Spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner. What does that mean? Outdoor Activities!

Schools are on spring break and that usually means water activities or going to the beach. But there are a lot of other spring activities you can do to stay in shape besides just going to the beach. 

1. Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Stand-up paddle boarding is making a huge impact not only in coastal areas, but in other areas that do not have access to the ocean. SUP has become popular in natural & man-made lakes, and this is a great exercise to work those core muscles and your cardiorespiratory system.

2. Spring Skiing/Boarding

Just because it's getting warmer does not mean you can't hit the slopes.  Record snowfall pounded North America this year and some areas will be skiable until July.

Cruising down those runs is not only great on your core and legs, but the high altitude challenges your cardiorespiratory system with the decrease in oxygen. Your body is going to work a lot harder, thus burning more calories while you are having a blast on the mountain.

Also, discounts at these resorts are better in the spring than in winter.

3. Pool Fun

For those of us who don't like swimming laps, mixing it up with a kickboard and running in the water can make a pool workout more interesting. Kickboard from one end to the next and then try running in the pool from end to end. Alternate between the two and give yourself a pace to follow.

4. Hike a Major Peak

Hiking is a fun activity, but to actually hike the peak of a local or regional mountain will make you proud. Many mountains are closed in the winter due to major snow, freezing temperatures and generally unfavorable conditions, but they are starting to open up between now and summer.

Contact the mountain's ranger to see if the trail is open, because some popular climbs have a lottery system. Get your friends involved, train for the altitude and have a blast.

5. Distance Walking

Go to your local amusement park or town fair and wear a pedometer. Make it a goal to walk 10,000 steps or five miles while you are there. This will guarantee that your body is moving throughout the day, and you won't feel as guilty when you have that 15-inch slice of pizza. If you walk more, then that is an extra bonus and kudos to you.  

Some of these activities may not be available in your area, but if you are going somewhere for spring break, a vacation in the summer, or a business trip, make it a point to try some of these activities in that area you are visiting.

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Kisar Dhillon is a professional fitness trainer living in Orange County, California. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology, Post Baccalaureate Studies in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Business Administration. He has more than 16 years in the health & fitness industry and is currently the owner of 1-2-1 Fitness, LLC.

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