Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I have to get out and take a deep breath again … Gustav Mahler

Yes boys and girls, believe it or not, spring is just around the corner. Almost exactly a year ago spring was cut short when the world went crazy and life as we know it got very strange. Gyms closed, recreational sports canceled, and everyone went to their homes and came in with Little Debbie and Netflix on a first-name basis. Now, 12 months later, things seem to be calmer. States are opening up, people are starting to move again, and I am optimistic that I will take the hill again for the Zion Hill Ladies Softball Team!

Since spring is the time of renewal, you can renew your passion for health and fitness with various outdoor activities. Here are five options for spring activities to get you moving again:

– Take part in the gardening game: gardening is not a traditional “fitness” activity, but it is an activity that can get you moving. Multiple groups of muscles are used in digging, hoeing, planting, and weeding. Also, the healthy fruits and vegetables you harvest are useful in planning healthy meals for you and your family.

– Join a Pick-Up League: There are pick-up leagues for almost everything. Basketball, softball, soccer, and even disc golf are just a few options. Check the local newspaper, Facebook, or Leisure Department websites to see what’s going on in your community.

– Start your spring training: Spring training isn’t just for the Yankees and Red Sox. You can use spring to get in shape for your favorite competition. Whether you are a runner, biker, walker or summer athlete, use spring to train and prepare for competition. That way, when June rolls around, you’ll be ahead of the game.

– Take your normal routine outdoors: there is nothing wrong with your home yoga or your favorite online exercise program at home, but when the sun is shining why not exercise it outdoors? Most people who don’t get at least 15 minutes of sunshine a day are at risk of being vitamin D deficient. In the coronavirus era, the more vitamin D there is, the better!

– Start cycling: Spin courses are cool, but why not ride a two-wheeler? Cycling is easy on the joints and is a great cardio workout. You can also go further when riding than when walking or running, so you can take advantage of more scene changes.

These are just a few ideas to get you “jumping” this spring. Whatever you do, make sure you stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and, if possible, find a workout partner who will keep you company and motivated.

We hope that the spring of 2021 is much better than the 2020 edition!

Kathy Hansen has over 30 years of health and fitness experience. She can be reached by email at [email protected]