Spring into Action: 12 Healthy Outdoor Activities for Women
As the weather starts to warm up and the flowers begin to bloom, there's no better time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of springtime. There are endless ways to soak up the sun, savor this beautiful season, and reap the numerous benefits...
Exposure to sunlight, in moderation and with proper skin protection, can boost vitamin D levels, improve mood, and reduce stress.
1. Go on walks or hikes
Lace up your sneakers, grab a friend, and hit the trails!
Walking and hiking are excellent ways to get your blood pumping and enjoy the fresh air. Plus, you get to discover new sights and sounds along the way.
Joining a local walking group can provide some extra pep in your step, as you bond with like-minded folks and share stories and tips for a happy and healthy lifestyle.
2. Cultivate a garden
Gardening is not only a great way to get your hands dirty and flex your creativity, but it also has numerous health benefits. From reducing stress and anxiety to improving brain function and mood, planting and tending to your own garden is a surefire way to feel accomplished and content.
Consider joining a community garden to connect with others and learn new skills. Or tend to your own garden to explore personal style and experiment with different plants and designs.
Need inspiration? Explore your city's botanical gardens and search for online gardening communities to join.
3. Enjoy bike rides
Biking is a fun and invigorating way to get your heart rate up and explore your surroundings.
Whether you're cruising through the park or taking a leisurely ride through the countryside, the wind in your hair and the sun on your face will have you feeling alive and free.
Joining a local bike club or participating in a charity ride can add some extra oomph to your biking routine, as you connect with others who share your passion for the open road. You can also look into e-bikes as they help you cover more distance and access places you've never been before.
4. Plan picnics with friends or family
Time to pack your basket and head for the hills!
There's nothing quite like a leisurely picnic with your nearest and dearest, as you bask in the warm sun, share some laughs, and nosh on your favorite snacks.
Try switching up your picnic spots to keep things fresh and exciting or combine it with another activity. (Like having a picnic at the end of beautiful bike ride.)
5. Visit the farmer's market
Fresh, local, and oh-so-tasty...farmer's markets are a vibrant and bustling hub of activity, as you peruse the stalls for the freshest produce and tastiest treats.
From juicy berries to crisp greens to artisanal cheeses, there's something for everyone at these community events. Take the chance to chat with the vendors and learn about their farming practices. You'll come away with a deeper appreciation for where your food comes from.
6. Attend outdoor concerts
Move to the rhythm and groove to the beat at a local outdoor concert. You can usually find list of outdoor concerts in your area by searching online.
Grab a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and settle in for an evening of music. And who knows, you might even discover a new favorite band or artist!
7. Join outdoor groups
Craving more community? Whether you're into tai chi, exercise, or art and craft classes, there's an outdoor group for you.
From practicing your downward dog to learning how to sketch a landscape, these groups offer a chance to get fit, creative, and connected with like-minded folks.
As a twist, join a group focused on an activity you've never done. You may just find you newest hobby!
8. Play pickleball
Pickleball is a fun and fast-paced game that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie to the sport, there's plenty of opportunities to join a local league or play with friends.
So, grab your paddle and get ready for some serious fun, exercise, and competition.
9. Go kayaking or canoeing
Ready to explore the waterways and paddle your way to adventure? Kayaking and canoeing are great ways to enjoy the beauty of nature and get some exercise at the same time.
Whether you're gliding along a peaceful lake or navigating a river's rapids, the sense of freedom and excitement is unparalleled. And with the chance to spot wildlife and take in breathtaking scenery, you're sure to feel a sense of wonder and awe.
10. "You-pick" fruits or veggies at local farms
Get your hands dirty and taste the freshest produce around..."you-picking" is becoming more and more popular.
You can find local farms that allow you to come pick your own fruits and veggies. It's a great way to support your community, get some exercise, and enjoy the fruits of your labor (literally).
Bird watching is a great way to get outside, exercise your observation skills, and appreciate the wonders of avian life.
Whether you're listening for the sweet song of a robin or spotting the vibrant colors of a cardinal, there's always something fascinating to discover in the world of birds. You'll come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the natural world around us.
12. Get into outdoor photography
Say cheese, and say hello to the amazing world of outdoor photography! There's no better way to capture the beauty and wonder of nature than through the lens of a camera. (And advanced smart-phone cameras are making it easier than ever.)
From capturing stunning landscapes to snapping candid shots of wildlife, the possibilities are endless. And with the chance to experiment with different lighting, angles, and perspectives, you're sure to develop your own unique style and vision.
For a little more motivation, challenge yourself by entering local photo contests!
As we get older, it's important to prioritize self-care and socialization, and springtime activities can serve as a great way to achieve both.
Whether you're an experienced gardener who loves to get your hands dirty or a crafty lady who loves to create beautiful things, there's something for everyone in the springtime. We hope this list inspires you to a healthier, happier spring season.
So, let's raise a glass of sweet, iced tea (or your favorite beverage) to all the women out there who are ready to bloom and thrive this spring!
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