Spring is finally here, which means those walks for fitness will be much more pleasant. Thing is, after months upon months of being stuck on treadmills snow-covered sidewalks, even a short walk can still feel like a chore. So, it’s time to break out of this cycle and find love for putting one foot in front of the other again.
Here are six places to take your workouts this spring:
- Local and state parks should be much more pleasant this time of year. If you don’t have a GPS watch or pedometer, you can download our app (it’s for walkers, too!) or look online (or at the park itself) to see if distance is marked in any way. Otherwise, be sure to take full advantage of any park amenities, like bathrooms and water fountains. Even sit on a comfortable bench and breathe the fresh air for a moment before heading home.
- If you’re more into adventure, you may want to check out some flat or rolling walking trails. A nearby university has some great wooded trails with ponds and gorgeous vistas. If you’re stuck on location, try out TrailLink to find hikes near you. Bring water and a snack for longer excursions.
- Don’t worry that they’re just for runners! Heading to the outdoor track at your area’s high school or university can be a great option for walking. Just be sure to stick to the outer lanes and follow any rules about direction or certain shoes. Four laps equals a mile.
- Obviously, heading out your own front door may be the best option, especially if you have some friendly sidewalks meandering through town. You may even want to run some errands – like mailing letters, picking up milk, or dropping off something to a friend. Always think about walking before starting up your car!
- Spring breakers and frequent travelers can walk wherever you are in the world. Take a whole day to make a walking tour of the city you’re visiting. It’s a much more comprehensive and intimate way to learn about an area than driving around.
- And if the weather is iffy (heavy rain, thunderstorms, etc.), you can check out some of your favorite fall/winter indoor spots as well. However, I quite enjoy a stroll in the rain with my trusty umbrella. Don’t you?
To find or map our loops around your neighborhood, check out WalkJogRun. My family loves taking long walks together almost every day when the weather gets nice. It’s a great way to decompress, digest, and connect after a long day. Even if you’re a regular runner, adding regular walks to your routine can be helpful for stress relief and stretching those overworked muscles.
So, get out there, friends! There are far fewer excuses now than there were only a few weeks ago. Where will you walk this spring?
Written by Ashley Marcin.
RELATED: more walking tips