For as much as I love the feeling of the warm sun on my face and the soft grass under my bare feet, it usually takes a bit of a push to get my lazy body out of bed at the end of the winter. Waking up after a long stretch of big meals, lazy days and hibernation style naps isn’t easy, and though I hate to admit it, sometimes I like it when I wake up to a drizzling spring morning just so I have an excuse to stay in bed! But now that April is around the corner and the days are getting longer, I’ve decided tear winter off like an old plaster and start the spring at full speed.
Here are some of my get-up-and-go ideas. I hope they help to put a little fire in your step and sparkle in your eye this spring!
Try Nordic Walking
It might look funny, but Nordic Walking is a great way to stay fit and see the countryside. You can organise with Nordic walking groups who travel all over the country, or just take your poles to the local park for a jaunt!
Plant a Vegetable Garden
If you have a bit of space in your garden or even just a balcony, gardening can be a great way to get a little vitamin D from our friend the sun while learning a valuable and enjoyable skill. And the best part? You’ll be rewarded with delicious fresh veg that you can enjoy all season!
Take an Early Springtime Swim
Nothing gets the blood pumping like a dash into icy waters! Whether you live by the sea or by a lake, double-dog dare yourself to take a splash. It might be painful at first, but the feeling of rejuvenation and the rebirth of your energy is well worth it. You’re guaranteed to emerge with a smile and a head full of ideas for the warm seasons.
Have a Lunch Break Picnic
Everyone loves a picnic, but when was the last time you had a nice meal under the sun? Picnics are one of those things we romanticise about but never get around to doing. Not anymore! I’m advocating the lunch break picnic. It’s a modern picnic that you can do over your lunch hour. All you have to do is pack a blanket in your bag, choose a park near your home or your work and order a takeaway in advance (opt for something picnic friendly like noodles or sushi from Hungry House). See? It’s easy, and it’ll make your day, week and season much nicer!
Volunteer as a Dog Walker
Are you an animal lover? I love how animals invigorate my spirit, and that’s exactly what I need to shake the sleep out of my wintery eyes. Volunteering to walk dogs at your local animal shelter will be greatly appreciated not only by the community but mostly by the furry babies themselves. There’s no better way to get fit this spring while making new friends!