The warmer temperatures of spring allow for exercise outdoors, making exercise more enjoyable and thereby increasing motivation.
Spring is a wonderful time of the year. More hours of sunlight, the advent of warmer weather, and a long winter finally coming to an end fill many people with feelings of hope and optimism during the season of spring. Spring is an especially good time to start new, beneficial habits — such as getting more exercise. Here are three reasons you should try to get more fit this spring.
1. The opportunity to exercise outdoors
During spring, many workouts that are miserable, if not outright impossible, during the colder months become practical. In spring, you can finally go running or walking again without bundling up or having to use a treadmill. It’s the same thing with cycling, hiking, and rec league sports such as soccer. More ways to exercise is great because it means more potential variety in workouts.
2. It’s more enjoyable
Being stuck in a sterile, dull gym isn’t a fantastic experience. Being able to head outside is much better. The best part about spring is that, unlike during summer, the temperatures are generally not yet high enough to make exercise sweaty and miserable. Feeling the wind and the sunlight can make exercise a joy, while also draining away stress and anxiety. Working out is especially enjoyable if you can escape the concrete and pavement of urban areas and experience real nature.
3. Easier motivation
Winter can be a depressing time of the year. Short days and frigid weather make life seem much harder. Getting inspired to do anything difficult can feel like an overwhelming challenge during the winter. In contrast, the optimistic mood of spring makes motivation come almost automatically. Working out being more enjoyable during spring makes it easier to summon motivation as well.
While the New Year is popularly thought of as the best time to make positive life changes, it is really springtime that is ideally suited to forming and carrying out new resolutions. In spring, nature itself is making a new beginning — why shouldn’t the same approach be taken in regards to fitness?