At this point, most people are sick of shoveling snow, seeing drab gray everywhere and dealing with freezing temperatures. It’s a struggle just to get out of bed sometimes, when it’d be easier to curl up and stay warm all day instead.
However, spring is just around the corner – which means longer days, warmer weather and more colors. With the new season often comes a burst of energy; we’ve been cooped up all winter and we’re ready to get some fresh air and sunshine. Take advantage of the new season to try some activities that can surprisingly help boost your energy.
Do Yoga Outside
Yoga is already a great activity that works your mind and body. Now that the weather is getting warmer, there’s no better way to take advantage of it than by bringing your yoga outside. Head over to your local park or place your yoga mat in your backyard to enjoy all the benefits of yoga and fresh air.
You don’t have to wait until summer to feel invigorated by hiking. Go at your own pace; it can take a while to build your body back to its prime hiking state. Whether you go on a local trail or travel for some new scenery, you’ll feel refreshed by the activity.
Have a Picnic With Friends
There’s nothing quite like gathering a group of friends and having a picnic on a beautiful spring day. Pack a basket with a blanket and your favorite snack. Have everyone each bring a food dish and a Frisbee for some post-picnic activity.
Read a Book in the Park
Mental stimulation can be just as effective for boosting your energy as physical activities. Sometimes, you need to just grab a good book, find a tree with plenty of shade and spend your afternoon getting lost in another world.
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Plant a Tree
Arbor Day might not be until April 24, but you can still get hyped about the holiday by planting trees ahead of time. Dig a plot in your backyard or find an even space where you can plant a tree and help rebuild forests.
Play a Pickup Basketball Game
Grab some friends and head over to your local park for some pickup games. You could even recruit another group at the park and play against them or really mix things up and scramble up the teams. You’ll be surprised how much fun you can have playing with people you’ve never met before.
Pick Some Wildflowers
Just because you’re not a little kid doesn’t mean you can’t get some joy out of picking wildflowers. Take a trip to your local park and search for the flowers that stand out to you. If you’d prefer, you can even bring your smartphone with you and look up different flower types that you see along the way.
Sit at a Sidewalk Café and People Watch
People watching can be one of the most fascinating activities you can do. For a brief period of time, you can gain a little insight on the people around you. If the weather is nice, bring your coffee outside and enjoy the sunshine while getting a glimpse at people going about their day.
Wade in a Creek
While you probably shouldn’t drink any creek water, there’s nothing wrong with bringing a pair of water shoes and wading through a shallow creek. You can even look for various animal life – minnows, crawfish or frogs – while exploring.
Spring is just around the corner, and that means there will be more opportunities to spend your time outside and maintain an activity-filled routine. Instead of hiding inside and dreading the cold, you’ll feel excited about getting out of the house. Whether you decide to gather some friends for a pickup game or read a book for some mental stimulation, you’ll definitely feel an energy boost when you’re done.
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