Well, the winter is finally coming to a close. The sun is starting to peek its head from behind a wall of cloud and the flowers are slowly opening. Although nature always knows when it’s time to wake up and get in gear, we seem to linger in our lazy winter states as long as possible before we finally motivate ourselves to get out and break a sweat. Well, not this year! Here are some of my ideas to start the spring off right with some fantastic weekend activities.
Discover the Countryside
This is always the first thing I do each spring. I love the countryside and know of many beautiful paths for walking and taking photos, but I’m surprised every year by how many people remain ignorant of the amazing places that lie just outside the city. Do some research into the areas around your city and find out if there are any parks or nature reserves outside of your town. Then, lace up your trainers and go explore!
Take Up a Sport
We don’t hear about many sports here in the UK because of the immense popularity of a select few, but the truth is that there are small community groups playing all sorts of sports, from handball to ultimate Frisbee. If you’re looking for a change of pace and a great way to get fit this spring, take look at community message boards and sign up to join a local team. Normally, the groups are quite informal, so if you can’t make it to every match or practice, it’s not a big deal. It’s just a great way to stay fit, make friends and have fun!
Have a Picnic
Photo credit: Hungry House.
Once your beautiful garden is planted and sprouting, you’ll want to spend as much time out there as possible. It doesn’t take much to have a picnic at home, and if you don’t feel like preparing something in the kitchen and bringing everything outside, you can do what we do and order some salads or sushi for delivery. That way, we can really enjoy the outdoors without worrying about cooking and cleaning.
Go Away for the Weekend
Going on a little holiday can bring back the mind-set of summertime like nothing else. A change of scene will put a spring in your step and get your energy recharged in a flash. You don’t need to go far to see somewhere new or exciting; lastminute.com has a page dedicated to affordable weekend breaks in the UK, so your next holiday could be a short drive away!
Plant a Garden
If you want to stay a bit closer to home, gardening is a great hobby for the springtime. It involves studying, planning, shopping and getting your hands a little bit dirty, so there’s no doubt that you’ll be active! The rewarding part is when your green babies start to sprout and you get to spend the summer looking out at a colourful mosaic of flowers or eating garden-fresh produce.