After months of freezing days and early nights, I’m seeing the first hints that spring is coming: little bits of greenery popping up here and there, a sky that is still light when my husband comes home from work, temperatures that are above freezing for most of the day. I’m just about ready to ditch the coats, put the hats and gloves in storage, and head outside to soak up as much sun as my fair complexion will allow.
That is encouraging news. Even better news is that if your New Year’s resolutions got sidelined by the cold, spring is a great time to redouble your efforts and give yourself a better chance at making exercise not just a habit, but a lifestyle. Recent studies suggest that getting outside to exercise has greater benefits than exercising indoors. For example, running on the road offers a greater variety of terrains to work different muscles. But getting outdoors can also make committing to regular exercise easier and more enjoyable.
Since we’re all practically running to embrace spring as she makes her way toward us, we might as well make daily outings, and daily exercise, a part of our life.
Here are 9 simple ideas to get you (and the kids!) out the door and into the warmer weather.
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