Being outdoors is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
There is nothing like taking a deep breath of fresh air and looking around at the limitless scenery.
Outdoor activities are usually more stimulating than indoor ones, and it is important to be active and outside all year round, no matter the weather.
If you live in warm weather all year round, it is easy to continue doing the activities you do in the summer.
But if you live in an area that has all four seasons, here are ways to stay active outdoors during all 12 months of the year.
January is the month to hit the slopes. The weather is just right for the snow to be plush and not too icy. January usually has the most snow fall, making it prime time to make tracks in the fresh pow-pow.
If you are a seasoned vet, it is exciting to get back on the mountain after months of waiting.
If you are a newbie, it is the perfect time to learn to snowboard or ski. It may be tough the first few times, but it is worthwhile.
And if you are too chicken to try either, there is always snow tubing as a default.
With snow still falling and some still frozen on the ground, you can try building an igloo.
Building an igloo is tough and time consuming, but hey, you get to burn calories while building an awesome f*cking fort.
Even though they are made from ice, they are quite warm. So cozy up in your igloo with some hot cocoa after a hard day’s work.
Part winter, part spring, March can be an unpredictable month when it comes to weather. One day you feel spring in the air, the next it is snowing again.
So when the weather feels nice take advantage of it and go for a walk in a local park, and when it’s cold build a bonfire and roast some marshmallows or toss the ball around.
If you’re moving and staying active, you won’t feel the effects of the cold.
Spring is in the air more than winter, so getting outside is less challenging. It may be a bit rainy, but April showers bring May flowers.
So take advantage of the rain and get a little dirty by going mud sliding.
Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty; it is all the fun of a slip-n-slide just with some mud.
And when it is not raining, go for a bike ride or break out some rollerblades. Both are way more fun than just running.
May has some of the best weather of the year. It is finally warm out, but not too hot.
This is a great time to do exerting activities such as hiking and mountain biking.
Another great activity to do is a ropes course if you can find one near you. All of these activities will get you sweating without the risk of a heatstroke.
After getting all hot and sweaty, take a break and feel the cool spring breeze.
The weather is getting hotter as summer approaches, so it is a perfect time to take a dip. If it’s in the pool, lake or ocean, going for a swim is a great way to be active and stay cool.
Doing water aerobics is a great way to get in some exercise.
Doing exercise in the water adds resistance and it won’t be long before you feel the burn.
And while hitting the beach, play some beach volleyball to get a sweat going as long as you are staying hydrated.
Try taking up a new outdoor sport, like golf or tennis.
Summer is in full swing. With the warm weather brings warmer waters, so it is a great time to get in the water and learn some new activities.
If you live near an ocean, take up surfing. The water isn’t too cold, so it is a fun way to keep cool and work on balance and strength.
If you are landlocked, find the nearest lake and learn to jet ski or stand-up paddleboard. With a little practice, these activities are easy to get the hang of for a little summer fun.
In August the heat is at its peak, so doing water activities is essential to keep cool. Break out the slip-n-slide and slide around, or have a car wash.
You and your friends can just have some fun with it and clean each other’s cars or make a few bucks and get people to swing by.
Car washes can be fun and productive.
With the weather getting cooler again, on cooler days, get back to those more strenuous activities. September is a great time to spend outdoors.
Go for a hike, bike ride, rollerblade or simply play some games outside. Take advantage of those hotter days and go for a swim for the last time before fall settles in.
October is a great month to do those stereotypical fall activities. Go apple picking at a nearby orchard and pumpkin picking for the perfect jack-o-lantern.
Gather some hay and build a scarecrow. Even though the weather is getting cooler, it is still easy to get outdoors.
With the changing leaves falling off the trees, November is the month to do some yardwork.
Yardwork doesn’t sound fun, but raking up those leaves gives your arms a workout and then you have a huge pile you get to jump in.
So suck up it up and do the chore so you can embrace your inner kid and dive into the pile of colorful leaves.
Winter is coming back around and so is the holiday season. With the business of getting ready for the holidays, there are many outdoor activities you can do.
If you like decorating your house for whichever festivity you celebrate, get outside and hang those lights and put out those decorations.
DIYing your house gets you active and outside, and can also save you money by not hiring someone to do it for you. If you celebrate Christmas, go to a place where you can chop down your own tree.
You get to pick out the perfect one, and work it out while you saw that baby down.
And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, go get a tree anyway, and decorate it with your holiday-themed items. Pine trees are not just for Christmas.
Why not go ice skating? Many places have outdoor ice skating rinks. Put on your cozy hat and get on those blades. Before you know it, winter will be over.
No matter what the weather is outside, there are still things you can do to take in the fresh air and stay active.
As long as you are careful, hydrated and stay at a safe temperature, there is no excuse to be inside. So get outside and appreciate the great outdoors.