As spring is right around the corner with warmer temperatures and longer days ahead, and the leaves will soon return to the trees, there is a plethora of reasons to get outside and moving. Mountainous Colorado and urban Denver offer a wide array of green space to walk, run, do yoga, bike, roller blade and breathe in some fresh air!

Here are a few ideas on how to develop an outdoor routine that is fun and piques your interest:

  • Join an intramural sports league. These provide a social outlet and get you active with teammates.

o   http://denver.sportsvite.com

o   http://www.meetup.com/Denver-Co-ed-Social-Sports/

  • Join a running club or fitness group. Being part of a group effort makes moving more motivating and keeps it fun.

o   http://www.thepubonpearl.com/pub-run/

o   http://irishsnugrunners.com/

  • Browse a farmers’ market or prepare a healthy picnic chockfull of fruits and veggies. Cardio health is more than just exercise; you must pair movement with healthy eating!

o   http://www.denverfarmersmarket.com/

  • Walking is a versatile way to be outside. Wondering the paths at parks offers scenic ways of experiencing the outdoors.

o   http://denvermetrotrails.com/

o   http://www.denver.com/parks-open-spaces

  • You can also mix up and intensify your walks by adding some strengthening exercises along the way. Every few minutes stop and do a set of lunges, sit ups, push-ups or squats. Adding hills and increasing your speed at intervals also contributes to maximizing benefits from walking.

o   http://www.walk2connect.com/

  • How about some other ideas to get outside with the kids? Geocaching is a scavenger hunt type activity that is a creative way to get the family outside and exploring the natural environment!

o   http://geocachingcolo.com/  

  • You can also take the family to wander around the Botanic Gardens or Denver Zoo especially when entry is free to various Denver venues.

o   http://www.freeindenver.com/denver-free-days

If none of those ideas strike your fancy you can always garden, hike, paddle board, kayak or explore a new neighborhood. The most important thing is to go outside, get moving and enjoy yourself all for the benefit of your heart and overall physical, mental and emontional well-being.  

 

 

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