There is nothing quite as refreshing as stepping outside into warm spring air after a long winter. This year, take advantage of the weather by exercising outdoors. Refresh your workout routine with these fun activities that put you in touch with nature:

1. Go Take a Hike
Lace up your tennis shoes and hit the trails. Spring is the perfect time to get away from it all and explore what your area has to offer. From national parks to botanical gardens, most towns have plenty of paths to try. With new life all around, it is hard not to feel refreshed. Be sure to plan ahead, pack plenty of water and snacks, and bring a buddy.

2. Off to the Races
There are tons of local races offered during the spring. Whether you are a seasoned runner or just looking to get off the couch for a morning, there are race options for every level. Most 5ks offer the option to walk, and you can go at whatever pace is most comfortable for you. Races are a fun way to challenge yourself, and reaching the finish line is an exhilarating feeling. You may just get hooked.

3. Dive In
Swimming is the perfect way to cool off and tone up on warm days. It is also considerably less stressful on joints than other physical activities. Working out in the water may help those with joint or muscle problems exercise pain-free. Find a lake, pool, or ocean near you, and just keep swimming.

4. Bikes
Next time you leave the house, consider biking to your destination. Or biking those local paths you discovered on a hike. Or biking laps around your block just because. Biking is an environmentally friendly form of transportation and great cardiovascular exercise.

5. Get Sporty
Competition brings out the best in us, especially when it comes to sticking with an exercise routine. One of the top reasons people cite for not exercising regularly is boredom with their fitness routine. Incorporating an enjoyable outdoor sport like tennis or golf into your regime makes it much easier to motivate yourself to get moving. You’ll be having too much fun to even notice you’re exercising, so challenge your friends to a fierce game of basketball or frisbee!

These and other forms of outdoor exercise make getting moving much more enjoyable. Not only will you feel the positive results of physical fitness but also the added benefits of being with nature. You may find yourself much more relaxed and happy after opening the door. So go outside, take a deep breath, and enjoy.

Each of the Reddy Medical Group facilities provides primary care services by appointment, and urgent care services without an appointment Both our Athens and Royston offices are open seven days a week with extended hours. Our Danielsville office is open 5 days a week.

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