Get outdoors with our 5 easiest spring activities
When the weather warms up, people want to get outside and be active. These 5 easy spring activities will help you get you outdoors to get some relaxation and inspiration.
Springtime is a welcome time, no matter where you live in the world. How can you make the most of this time of renewal? Read our top 5 easy activities to do outdoors:
1. Gardening for peace of mind
If you ask a horticulturalist, you will realise that planting gardens is literally a science. Even amateurs can get a lot from caring for plants and maybe you’ll become an expert before you know it. Getting your hands dirty is a way to get back to basics and many people find it very relaxing.
If your garden is empty, now is a good time to plant some flowers. A pro tip is to take advice from the experts. Your local gardening store will likely have knowledgeable people that can help make your gardening a success. Don’t forget you can also find a lot of information online and from plant labels themselves. Already have some plants in mind? Especially pay attention to whether the flowers or plants prefer the shade or direct sunlight and how often they need to be watered.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of space. Potted plants can be just as beautiful when decorating your patio, balcony or even your windowsill. It’s probably a good idea to prep them outside if you can. No matter how careful you are – no one wants to clean up soil from their floors.
2. Spring picnic fun
Eating is a great way to come together with family and friends, especially when the weather is great. All you need is a blanket to sit on, some good food and people to share it with. When planning for a picnic, the main things to consider are keeping the food fresh, having eating utensils and not forgetting something to drink. Ambitious chefs can adapt nearly any meal that does not need to be kept extremely hot or cold. Especially in warm weather, light meals go down the best like salads and sandwiches. Even soup can work like a refreshing cool soup, such as gazpacho from Spanish cuisine.
Many cities and towns are having more delivery options with food. So, why not place an order? Everyone can just choose what sounds the best to them from the menu. Make sure your delivery location is clear. For this reason, a picnic closer to home is a good option. That way you can use a home address for delivery, but still benefit from enjoying the food in a local park or even someone’s garden.
3. Walking to relax
You’ve probably already considered taking a walk outdoors even if you haven’t taken it onboard yet. But like many plans to get more active, you might be focusing too much on planning an exercise regime or scheduling walks.
You don’t need to stress to get some fresh air. Going for a walk can also be an unplanned and spontaneous activity. It can be equally enjoyable as an activity to do alone or with good company. All you need is weather-appropriate clothing and a bit of time.
If you are ambitious, you can look up local trails or public parks. If that isn’t an option, feel the freedom of just walking out of your house and exploring the neighbourhood you live in. Remember to stick to sidewalks and watch out for cars if you live in an area with traffic. Take in the sights and look at things with different eyes – you will surely make some new discovery or feel the calm of just being.
4. Creativity in the sunlight
This is the easiest springtime activity of all. What do you enjoy doing? Many people spend a lot of time on their phones and computers. If your activities usually take place on a screen, is there some way you can shake it up? Try brainstorming about your next adventure without using Google (at least at first). Or write down with a pen and paper goals that you would like to accomplish.
Taking activities outside is a great way to get the best of both worlds. For artistic people, setting up an easel and drawing or painting might be a fun way to soak in some sunshine. Maybe you have a stack of books you have been meaning to get to? Spread out a blanket or sit in a lawn chair and catch up on your reading. Have a new hobby you would like to try? Go ahead – you can even knit and crochet in the great outdoors.
The possibilities are seemingly endless. Just make sure to check the weather forecast so your new hobby isn’t washed away with a rainstorm. If the forecast is a bit uncertain, a large umbrella is probably a safe bet – just in case.
5. Energising experiences with outdoor sport
The outdoors and sport go hand-in-hand. Whether you are training for a competition, or want to try your hand in something new, spring is definitely the time for sport. Remember how fun it was to just kick a ball around as a kid? You can relive your youth with as little as a football and a sense of humour.
Every country has its own sport adaptations and sometimes they require no equipment at all. In general, throwing games are a good choice and can be fun for adults and children alike. For example, ring toss, horseshoes and frisbee golf. Skittles, now often an indoor sport in the UK, has a history dating back to ancient Egypt. It is still alive and well in the form of mölkky, originating in Finland. Maybe you want to use a mallet? Try your hand at croquet.
Whatever you decide to do, remember safety first and don’t forget to take it easy and just enjoy. Spring is also a good time to start a new project or hobby. Maybe you have been dreaming about a greenhouse or want to take up motorcycling? Find out how a personal loan can help you get on your way to get outdoors.
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