For lawn care lovers everywhere, the return of Old Man Winter and a dormant lawn often means a quick retreat indoors. Instead of embracing your inner couch potato this season, why not thwart convention and make an effort to get outside and explore your natural surroundings?
Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
1. Play Hockey
You don’t have to be a Canuck or live in a northern state to enjoy a good old-fashioned game of stick-puck. Looking to play with the kids? Hockey appeals to all age groups and is a great way to get up and moving on a chilly January day. Street hockey, ice hockey, ball hockey, roller hockey - they’re all a blast and require as much or as little equipment as you want to use.
2. Get Out of Town
Bring the excitement and anticipation of holiday planning back into your life by taking a mini vacation. While summers are often filled with weekends spent at the beach or cottage, weekends during the cooler seasons can leave much to be desired. Make an effort to explore unfamiliar territory in a nearby town or state park, visit a landmark, or go camping if the weather permits.
3. Go Hiking
Consider adding hiking to your new list of favorite activities. Hiking is a terrific form of exercise that improves cardio-respiratory fitness, lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke, and burns more than 370 calories per hour. It is also one of the best ways to take in your natural surroundings no matter the weather (as long as you’re dressed for the occasion!).
4. Ride Your Bike
Instead of allowing your bike to collect dust and cobwebs in the corner of your garage, why not head outside for a quick spin? If you live in an area with frequent snow coverage, wait until the roads are plowed and dry to go for a ride. Not only will biking help you diminish some of those pesky winter blues, it will also provide you with a full-body, energizing workout. Cycling improves heart health, increases muscle tone, burns calories, and reduces stress. Convinced? We thought so.
5. Go Fishing
Fishing is a versatile activity that is enjoyable any time of the year. Take in the surrounding scenery, search for wildlife, and relax with your rod and reel at your closest body of water. Depending on your preference, fishing can be a peaceful, one-person activity, or an opportunity to enjoy nature’s gifts in the company of your friends and family.
Although spring and the return of lawn care season are still several weeks away, you don’t have to hibernate until March 20th. Make an effort to head outside and participate in one of your favorite past times - or, better yet, something entirely new to you. Your mind and body will thank you.