Move More Series: Outdoors and with Your Pet!

Who says you need to go to the gym to stay active?

April 11, 2018
Move More!

In the vein of being Healthy for Good, moving more is a vital step to maintaining good health.  But that doesn't have to mean only treadmills and free weights.  Try heading outdoors for your physical activity, and you might be surprised how much more fun you have!  Making memories with family and playing with pets never felt so healthy!

  • Plan family outings that include physical activity, like hiking, canoeing, or swimming.  Even a simple trip to the park can get you all up and moving.
  • Explore your neighborhood or city - or see the sights in new areas - on foot or by bike.
  • Join a recreational sports team or league.  You'll get active and make new friends, too!
  • Take your dog for a walk.  If you don't have one of your own, you could volunteer at a local shelter, help out a neighbor who is too busy to walk their dog, or start a dog-walking service.
  • When the weather's nice, bike or walk to nearby destinations like school, the grocery store, or a coffee shop.
  • At the beach, hunt for shells, play frisbee, or fly a kite instead of sitting and watching the waves.
  • At a picnic, join in on a game of bocce ball, horseshoes, or croquet.
  • At the lake, rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.
  • At the park, play with your kids instaed of just watching them play.  Unleash your inner child with a game of catch or tag.
  • Instead of coffee or lunch, get together with friends to do something active like hiking or biking.
  • When golfing, walk instead of using a cart.
  • Get your garden on!  Gardening, mowing, and yard work are a great way to get active outdoors.  No yard?  No problem!  Try container gardening or a local community garden.
  • After a heavy rain, put on some old clothes, grab some towels, and take the kids out for a good, old-fashioned mud fight!

Now, don't forget to dress in layers so you're ready for changes in temperature and weather.  Wear hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.  Wear comfortable, supportive shoes appropriate for your activity.  And make sure you have plenty of water, so you can stay hydrated!  You'll be well on your way to being Healthy for Good while having a great time!  Find more ways to be Healthy for Good at HEART.ORG/MOVEMORE!