April 03, 2023
Hey, Ayda fam! Are you ready to ditch the gym and get active outdoors? With Spring in full swing, there's no better time to enjoy the great outdoors and get your heart pumping. Whether you're looking to get fit, de-stress, or have some fun in the sun, there are plenty of outdoor activities to explore. Spending time outside and staying active are two forms of self-care. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Start Small: If you're new to the outdoor scene, don't feel like you have to climb Mount Everest on your first try. Start small and work your way up. Take a short hike or a leisurely bike ride around your neighborhood. You'll be surprised at how quickly you build up your stamina and confidence. Just being outside can bring you clarity and peace.
Take a Hike: Hiking is a fantastic way to explore the outdoors, challenge yourself, and get some exercise. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a newbie, there's a trail out there for you. Start with an easy hike and work your way up to more challenging trails as your confidence grows. We recommend downloading the Hiking Project app, which shows your location on trails even when you’ve lost cell signal and provides amazing nearby trails for you to explore.
Find a Buddy: Everything is more fun with a friend who is just as down for the adventure! Find someone who shares your interest in the great outdoors and make plans to explore together. Having a buddy not only makes the experience more enjoyable but also provides an extra layer of safety.
Go for a Run: Running outside can be much more enjoyable than running on a treadmill at the gym. You'll get fresh air, beautiful scenery, and the endorphin boost that comes with a good run. Plus, if you feel competitive, there are plenty of fun events like 5Ks and marathons to sign up for.
Try a Water Sport: If you live near a lake or the ocean, try out a water sport like kayaking, paddle boarding, or surfing. You'll get a full-body workout while enjoying the peacefulness of the water. Plus, you might even spot some wildlife like dolphins or seals!
Yoga in the Park: I had to include my personal favorite, yoga in the park. Take your yoga practice outside with a class in the park. Many cities offer outdoor yoga classes, or you can find a quiet spot to practice independently. This is not only a great way to get outdoors, but to me, it is the essence of getting active outdoors: building community and making friends. More fitness friends that will help to motivate you!
Last but not least, take time to appreciate the beauty of nature. Take in the scenery, listen to the birds, and feel the sun on your face. Being active outdoors isn't just good for your physical health, but your mental health as well. So grab your sunscreen, put on your favorite workout clothes, and get ready to feel the wind in your hair. Your mind and body will thank you!