Health Advocate Blog

Be active in your community

With the weather improving, it is the perfect opportunity to spend more time outside. While any exercise is beneficial to your health, being physically active outdoors gives you the added benefit of nature, fresh air and a change of scenery, which we could all benefit from after this past year! Going outside can make a big difference in your energy levels and provide a greater sense of well-being. It can also help you reconnect with friends and family members and inspire others to move more, too (while following current COVID-19 guidelines). Try these ideas!

  • Join a community sports team. Play sports games like softball, volleyball or pickle ball.
  • Take a walk around the block! Stretching your legs, waving hi to a neighbor or two, and soaking up a little sunshine may be the perfect way to help you feel good.
  • Boogie down. Go out to your patio or yard, pick the first upbeat song on your playlist, and just dance for a few minutes. If your neighbors ask what you’re doing, invite them to dance along on their own patio!
  • Map out a walking tour of your town! You may run into people you haven’t seen in a while.
  • Organize outings to local trails to walk or hike. Visit for a list of hiking trails in your area.
  • Plan a bike trip with a friend. Even moderate cycling is a great total body workout, and with all the great scenery to take in around you, you may not even realize you are exercising!
  • Schedule an outdoor yoga session with someone you know enjoys yoga. Roll out your mat anywhere and listen to an audio class or take an outdoor, socially distanced class together at a nearby studio.
  • Plant a garden and share your bounty with friends, family and neighbors. If available in your area, join a farm co-op to enjoy fresh produce as well as connect with others in your community.
  • Get out on the water. Canoeing is a full body workout and a fun activity to do with family and friends. It works the shoulders, obliques, core, back, and leg muscles. Once in the water, try turning the canoe in different directions so you are using both sides of your body.
  • Sign up for a charity run/walk. It is a great way to get out into your community as well as connect with others supporting a cause. Challenge yourself to run a 5K or 10K race this spring.  There are many free training apps that are available on iTunes and Google Play that can train you to run specific distances.  Couch to 5K and Nike + are great examples.

Remember, as the days get warmer, it becomes increasingly important to stay hydrated and keep your body cool. Also, don’t forget your sunscreen!