Make the most of your weekend time and skip the gym in favor of fitness activities that not only make you healthier, but also provide a fun experience. Here are a six weekend activities to keep you moving and entertained all at once.
Go Out for the Team
Team sports aren’t just for professional athletes and young kids. Joining a team as an adult is not only a great way to get some exercise, but also a great way to forge new friendships and meet new people. Organized sports like dodgeball, soccer and even roller derby often have adult recreational leagues you can join, no matter what your skill level. Check with your local community recreation center for information on city leagues.
Indoor Rock Climbing
For many people, springtime means the weather is finally warm enough to get outdoors. However, it can still be a difficult time to exercise if you suffer from seasonal allergies. To get in a fun weekend workout and avoid the sniffles, try an indoor activity. Indoor rock climbing, which involves scaling man-made rock walls while tethered, is an activity you can do on your own or with a partner. It can even be a great bonding experience with kids.
Have you always wanted to run in a marathon but never tried? Spend some time over the weekend working toward your goal by joining a training group. Whether it’s a 5K walk or a triathlon, pick your challenge and then join a group you can train with. Not only will you be preparing yourself for the big day, but you’ll also make some new friends in the process and celebrate with them at the finish line. Meetup.com is a great place to find like-minded people in your local area.
One of the best weekend activities for fitness and fun is a nature hike. You’ll get your heart rate up while enjoying some breathtaking views of spring in bloom. It can be a great way to disconnect and spend some reflective time on your own. It also makes a memorable family activity that can teach kids the importance of keeping both their bodies and the environment healthy. Check the National Park Service for detailed information, like length and difficulty, for trails near you.
Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga
Yoga offers a great workout and time to unwind and meditate, but adding another element can really take things to the next level. For something a little different, try yoga on a stand-up paddle board. This unique twist has you moving through your downward dogs and warrior poses while balancing on a wide paddle board in the water. If you don’t live near a body of water, or it’s still a bit too cold to go outside, don’t worry — SUP Yoga is often offered at indoor pools, too.
A weekend getaway can be a fun way to disconnect and relax, but it can also be a great way to jump-start your health goals. Instead of lying by a pool, spend your weekend on a workout retreat. From yoga and surfing to ropes courses and hiking, many resorts and hotels offer vacation packages centered around fitness activities.
Fitness doesn’t have to be limited to a treadmill at the gym — a change of scenery can be a source of new motivation. Look into one of these activities this weekend and change your perspective this spring.