Hello again, My Way Home readers! It’s Tina from Carrots ‘n’ Cake—you may remember me from my first guest post. I can’t believe it’s already the end of March! It seems like I was just packing away my summer clothes and preparing for the cold weather. The winter months passed fairly quickly (not that I’m complaining), and now I’m ready to celebrate the arrival of spring.
The coming season will likely fly by too, and I don’t want to have a single regret about missing out, so I created a spring bucket list to ensure that I get outside and enjoy everything the spring has to offer. I hope it inspires you, too!
Run a spring road race
The coming months are packed with springtime road races, so to keep myself motivated with my running routine, I recently registered for a couple of 5Ks. Having these events on my calendar helps keep me accountable (I’m training for a race after all) and motivated, especially when I’d much rather sit on the couch and watch TV than run! If you’re thinking about registering for a springtime road race, find a training plan (I like SmartCoach and Couch to 5K) to build up your endurance and keep you on track with your workouts. You’ll stay motivated and kick butt when the big day arrives!
Been there, done that? Register for an obstacle course race, such as the Spartan Race, Rugged Maniac, or Warrior Dash. These kinds of races combine fitness with fun and adventure!
I want to fully embrace the sights and sounds of the season (budding trees, the sounds of birds chirping, and the smell of sweet, cool air), so what better way to enjoy them than exploring the great outdoors in person? I love to take afternoon walks with my husband and dog (we call them “adventure walks”) where we stroll through the wooded paths near our house. It’s a great way to get outside, be active, and enjoy nature and its beauty.
Create your own outdoor bootcamp
Bootcamp-style workouts are a ton of fun! I mean, who doesn’t love a challenge, right? You can create your own outdoor bootcamp in your backyard or outside at a park or playground—all you need is a good pair of sneakers! Try this circuit: 10 walking lunges, 9 triceps dips (off a bench or curb), 8 squats, 7 Burpees, 6 sit-ups, 5 push-ups. Set a timer for 15 minutes and move from one exercise to the next without resting. Try to do as many rounds as possible in the allotted amount of time. If you’re exercising with a family member or friend, be sure to engage in a little friendly competition to see who can do more rounds. It’ll make you both work harder—and it’s fun!
Play mini golf
Depending on where you live, some mini golf locations close their doors when the cold weather arrives. When they open again in the spring, business is often slow, so take advantage of the non-existent lines and recruit some friends for a game. Playing 18 holes outside, surrounded my good friends and lots of laughs, is guaranteed to be a good time!
Volunteer your services
Volunteering for a community-service project, such as cleaning up or rejuvenating a nearby park or other green space, is a great way to add some springtime activity to your life while improving your local community at the same time. If you spend the whole day moving around and helping out, it definitely counts as a workout!
Unleash your inner child
Remember when you were a kid and you’d spend the entire day outside? It didn’t seem like exercise, right? Embrace your inner child and go play outside. Fly a kite, skip rocks on a pond, feed the ducks, climb a tree… whatever you decide to do, make sure it puts a smile on your face!
So…what’s on your spring bucket list?