Aside from a few nippy nights and rainy days, the temperature (and our spirits) is rising as we give winter a final goodbye. Take advantage of Mother Nature’s most gentle season and move your workout outdoors. Once you learn the benefits, you may lace up your shoes to explore a nearby trail.

One of the perks: there is no cost. The great outdoors is available to you, free of charge. All you need is appropriate attire, durable shoes, and SPF. If you have a bike, ride it. If you’re not one for biking, walking and jogging are fantastic, bone-strengthening exercises. Another perk: you’ll get a free dose of sunshine; nature’s antidepressant. Sun exposure boosts your mood and immune and metabolic function, aids your sleep cycle, and helps your body to make vitamin D3. Just remember to limit your exposure and protect your skin to avoid cancer-causing burns.

On a more holistic level, outdoor activity has been shown to have benefits for mind and body. Outdoor activities, such as sports, touch central psychological issues in physical and emotional development, self-appraisal, self-esteem, belongingness and learning to overcome adversity (APA). Outdoor exercisers experience greater energy and revitalization along with decreased confusion, anger, depression, and tension. You are free to move your body in whatever way you please and as fast or slow as it can go. When exercising, consistency is key. Outdoor exercise can be easier to stick with and as a result, give you the results you want!

Seasonal Smoothie

Fuel your outdoor adventures with the seasonal “Spring Awakening Green Smoothie”:

  • 1.5 ounces spring salad mix
  • 1 banana
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 apple (chopped)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Place all ingredients in blender. Pulse until ingredients are mixed and smooth.

Sources: American Psychological Association, Fox News Health, GreenBlender, Huffington Post, LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.