As I’m typing this, I’ve just returned from a lovely half hour walk/run with my dog Molly. It’s currently 17C (62F) outside and sunny – which, in Canada, means Spring is here!
Now that Spring has arrived, all I want to do is spend time outside, working on the yard, walking, and soaking up some vitamin D.
This is great news for my wallet, since most of the things I’m planning on doing are free – and a healthy form of exercise. Here are some great ways to spend time outside this Spring.
Do Yard Work
This might not be the MOST fun activity, but it’s definitely free, and it’s definitely a workout. A moderate sized yard requires at least a few hours of preparation in the Spring time, so why not do it yourself? You’ll save money, get some fresh air, and burn a few calories, what’s not to like about that scenario?
Go For a Walk/Run/Bike Ride
I love walking and running in my neighbourhood. My dog Molly needs the exercise, otherwise she becomes excitable, and I need the exercise, otherwise I’m not going to fit into my wedding dress this summer. Spending time outside and going for a stroll in your neighbourhood is a great way to get some free exercise. As a bonus, it’ll help you become more connected to your community, and spend less time vegging in front of the couch.
I really want to get my hands on a bike this summer, so my dog Molly and I can cover a bit more ground and explore a little more! Of course, that wouldn’t be the most frugal purchase, so I’ll probably put it off until I’m debt free.
Check Out Your Local Parks
Another favourite activity of mine is hiking. The closest national park is about a 40 minute drive from my house, but it’s worth the trip for an afternoon of walking on the beach and exploring trails. The admission fee is reasonable, and if I pack a small BBQ and cooler full of food, it’s the only expense associated with this cheap outing that can entertain me for hours.
Go Fly a Kite
I was terrible at kite flying as a kid, it probably had something to do with my short legs and terrible coordination. Now that I’m a little older, my coordination is still awful, but my kite flying skills have improved. Kite flying is a fun and cheap way to get outside, with the cheapest kites costing only a couple of bucks. Kites can typically be flown anywhere, but you’re safest if you find an open field or park area.
Have a Picnic
Yes, eating out on a restaurant patio is just about the most enjoyable activity I can think of, but that’s not always possible with my tight budget. The cheaper alternative is to have a picnic in a local park. By bringing your own food, you can enjoy the beautiful sun without having to break the bank. Get your exercise by walking to the location instead of driving.
It’s Spring – Get Active!
It’s so easy to hunker down into the warmth of a cozy house when the weather outside is terrible. Now that the sun is shining and the grass is green again, it’s time to take advantage of the great outdoors for some cheap, healthy entertainment!
What’s your favourite activity to do outside?