Spring has Sprung: It’s Time to Get Moving!

It’s finally spring! According to the calendar, which living in Minnesota we know we can’t always rely on! But the warm sunshine and longer days mean we can emerge from our winter hibernation! That means we will be spending more time outside enjoying the warmer weather! Do you want to get outside and enjoy the weather but aren’t sure how?

Here are some tips to get outside and soak up the vitamin D!

Go for a Walk
Explore your neighborhood and say hello to your neighbors you haven’t seen since before Christmas! You might find a hidden gem you didn’t know was in your neighborhood!

Explore a State Park
There are over 60 state parks in MN! Check out one or many that sparks your interest here https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/index.html

Do Yard Work
Yard work is physically demanding, as it activates muscles throughout your entire body and you have the satisfaction of cleaning up the yard that has been hidden by snow for too long. Raking or shoveling the last of the remaining snow can burn up to 400 calories per hour. Make sure to stretch prior to completing yard work. Here’s a previous blog post from 2018 on great stretching tips prior to completing yard work http://physicaltherapyptc.com/5-stretches-to-prepare-for-summer-yard-work/

Play a Round of Golf
Golf is great workout, especially if you walk the course instead of using a cart. You get your steps and a full body body workout with swinging a club. Some courses can be expensive, but there are usually cheaper city owned/community courses that can introduce you to the sport.

Play a Round of Frisbee Golf
Frisbee golf requires less equipment than regular golf. Courses can be found at city parks and they are usually free. There are a few more elite courses that might have a small entrance fee, but most course are totally free. The only equipment required is a frisbee. These can be found at sporting good stores or even Walmart or Target for less than $10 a piece!

What is your favorite outdoor spring activity? Share in the comments below! As always if injuries occur during your favorite activity, or pain is preventing you from completing your favorite spring activity give us a call at 1-888-THERAPY to schedule your initial evaluation today!

Rebecca Varoga, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
Isanti Physical Therapy

March 27th, 2019

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