4 Outdoor Spring Exercise Activities

Words by Holly Tomlinson

Ah, springtime. That joyous season of sunshine, rain, warmer weather, and blooming flowers. This year, it’s time to make the most of the warm temperatures and ample sunshine by taking your workout routine outdoors. Sure, you can get some serious grinding on in the gym, but if the weather’s nice, why not take advantage?

In this post, we’ll cover four of the best ways you can get outdoors this spring while still hitting those fitness milestones you promised yourself when you made your New Year’s resolution back in January. Let’s take a closer look.

Trail running

If you’re used to running on city streets, or maybe even an indoor treadmill at the gym, you may be yearning for something to change it up just a little bit. That’s where trail running comes in. It’s all the fun, heart-racing cardio of regular running, but you do it on a gorgeous nature trail! This is a great way to get in that workout while also enjoying beautiful weather, listening to the birds, and taking in the sights of all those springtime blooms. What do you need to get started? It’s pretty simple:

  • Trail running shoes are a must, as they come equipped with trail-gripping rubber lugs that you’ll need for traction on slippery terrain.
  • Running shorts are a plus, as longer shorts can get caught on your knees and impede your running.
  • It’s a good idea to bring a small backpack so you can pack in water and a snack; you don’t want to spend time in the outdoors without at least water just in case.

If running’s not your thing, don’t worry – there are more options.

Biking

Biking is one of the most fun, efficient, end eco-friendly workouts around! And the good news is that you can even combine your morning and afternoon commute with a sweet bike ride if you’re extra strapped for time. But did you know that there are a few different kinds of biking and different bikes to go with them? It’s true. These are just a few of the options:

  • Road bikes are good for speed demons who want to tear up the streets and go the distance. If you’re trying to bike over 10 miles for your workouts, you’ll definitely want to invest in a road bike.
  • Mountain bikes are made for rough and tumble trails, and come equipped with rider, grippier tires, serious shock absorbers and suspension, and a tactical build to enhance performance on rough trails.
  • Commuter bikes incorporate some of the slick speediness of road bikes with some of the endurance and shock-absorbing abilities of mountain bikes. They’re made for cross-town runs that might include a few potholes and rough curbs.

Looking for something other than cardio? Read on!

Park workouts

Did you know that lots of public parks have awesome workout equipment that you can use totally for free? It’s true! Whether you’re interested in classic calisthenics or you’re looking for an intense lifting session, it’s likely that nearby parks will have decent options. These include:

  • Pull-up bars for an intense workout that gets your biceps, triceps, shoulders, and neck muscles moving and growing.
  • Sit-up benches, so you can start working on those abs you promised the wife by Labor Day.
  • Pushup and blank benches, ideal for getting maxed-out pecs, biceps, and triceps.

Many parks also have running tracks you can use, so don’t be afraid to try that out if running on a springy and consistent surface is your thing!

Kayaking

Are you more the adventuring type? Well, we’ve got a great idea for you: kayaking. This awesome outdoor watersport is perfect for those who want a serious upper-body and ab workout while also taking in the gorgeous sights of nature, whether that’s on a lake, a river, or out in the wide-open ocean. Here are the basics you’ll need for an awesome kayaking workout:

  • A kayak – this is pretty obvious, but you might not know where to get one. They’re available for purchase at outdoor retailers, but you can also often rent them from some retailers as well as at stores near the body of water you’ll be using.
  • A helmet – don’t get caught in a rogue wave without a helmet. It’s important to protect your noggin from random debris in the water, as well as from your paddles.
  • A life jacket – even if you know how to swim, a life jacket will make survival that much easier. Don’t get caught without one!

Those are our ideas for outdoor workouts this spring! Let us know what you end up choosing to change up your routine!

2019 Toyota RAV4: The Adventuring Family Ride

I had an amazing time in Carmel Valley, CA with Fit Fathers and Automotive Rhythms exploring the attributes of the 5th generation 2019 Toyota RAV4 while enjoying wilderness activities such as trail running and meditating with Mother Nature from the exquisite grounds of Carmel Valley Ranch. Representing as Toyota’s best seller, the CUV’s edgier exterior styling is pretty prolific while featuring a new grille, higher clearance, wider body, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, panoramic moonroof and much more. Inside you’ll find added legroom, unique trim highlights, soft touch materials, Verizon WiFi connectivity and an upgraded JBL premium 11-speaker, 800-watt audio system with Clari-Fi sound restoration technology and A-pillar horn tweeters. [Read more…]

Bring Your Kids to Our Free Community Biking Event: Santa Venetia, CA

Kicking-off our anniversary series, this outdoor festival in China Camp State Park on Saturday, July 21, from 10 AM to 4 PM will feature youth biking activities including skills courses and mountain bike trail rides. There will be food and beverages, bike industry and community vendors, and fun for all ages. All experience levels are welcome. Meet our skilled Ride Leaders and volunteers who will provide instruction and demonstrations throughout the day.

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10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT

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Miwok Meadows

Santa Venetia, CA 94901

5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Call To Duty Video

On Sunday June 17, 2018 Fit Fathers Day will focus on the tools needed for long-term life enhancement including daily exercise influence, the reduction or elimination of negative habits and the adoption of fresh, positive lifestyle choices. It’s important on Father’s Day and each subsequent day that dads and male role models spearhead this call to duty by taking time out to engage in physical fitness with their families and employ healthy food choices. For more detail please visit www.FitFathersDay.com.

Green Pedal Couriers Bike Valet at California Roots

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There is nothing like staying fit as you ride to and from the California Roots Reggae Festival this weekend! Yes, California Roots has partnered with Green Pedal Couriers to bring you the official Bike and Skateboard Valet of the fest. This is a perfect scenario to influence showgoers to stay active while reducing the carbon footprint of visitors to Monterey. The Fit Fathers group will certainly be taking advantage.

So feel free to cycle or skate from your hotel or parking lots down the way. Make sure to head over to gate 8 this year.

GREEN PEDAL COURIERS

GPC (Green Pedal Couriers) has been serving the Monterey and Salinas areas since 2008 delivering food, court documents, medical specimens, promotional ads and posters for local art and music festivals.

BICYCLE VALET SERVICE

GPC started the bicycle Valet service in 2010 in partnership with Monterey Green Action of CSUMB. Their basic duties include watching parked bicycles and parking and sticking numbers on bikes. Customers will receive a slip/receipt and answers to basic questions about GPC and what the company does for the community. GPC’s bike valet service allows others to ride rather than drive, essentially reducing traffic, air pollution, noise pollution and road rage. They are encouraging clean air, resource conservation and happy communities.

Take the “Fit Fathers Day” Pledge

It’s important on Father’s Day and each subsequent day that dads and male role models spearhead this call to action by taking time out to engage in physical fitness and employ healthy food choices with their families. It is a fact that health risks are increased in men 20 years and older, and with added stress and more responsibilities a father is at a higher risk of various potential problems. So keep in mind that exercising and healthy eating saves generations.

Become a Fit Father by following these simple steps to lead your family to a healthier lifestyle.

I pledge to become a Fit Father and will …

  • attend my doctor’s office for routine checkups and screenings.
  • exercise 3 to 5 days a week for 30 to 45 minutes minimum and include my children in most fitness activities.
  • eat 3 to 7 pieces of fruit and veggies daily.
  • drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily.
  • limit or eliminate sodas, candy and pastries entirely.
  • limit or eliminate fried foods entirely.
  • limit or avoid carcinogens entirely: smoking, drugs and heavy alcohol.
  • replace enriched white foods with whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, etc.)
  • Never eat with less than 3 hours in-between bedtime.
  • spend quality time with my children daily.
  • on Father’ Day enjoy one hour of energetic activities with my loved ones such as a 5K to 10K run, family bike ride, soccer, hiking, ball games, swimming or a simple walk through the park with nature.

Stay active, eat well and energize your life!

Tennessee Titans Jason McCourty: Fit Fathers Day National Ambassador

in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 26-13. (AP Photo/John Russell)

Health, fitness, nutrition and overall wellness are priorities for the extension of life. We must eat whole foods from the earth daily to achieve the balance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients our bodies need. In addition, appropriate nourishment helps us function properly, perform sustainably and effectively fight off the onset of degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and more. Regular exercise is required to maintain muscle mass, strengthen bones, balance blood sugar, stabilize weight, circulate blood and regulate the metabolism.

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For this reason cornerback Jason McCourty of the  NFL’s Tennessee Titans has pledged with Fit Fathers to continue steering his family towards proper health and nutrition. “Becoming a Fit Father has completely changed my life, everything I do I know my little princess will be watching,” McCourty states. “Staying fit and eating healthy will allow me to watch her grow into a beautiful, strong woman. It’s important to develop the habits “now” of a healthy lifestyle that will impact my entire family for decades to come.”

Jason McCourty is a starting cornerback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Titans in the 6th round as the 203 overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rutgers University with his twin brother Jason McCourty of the New England Patriots.

  1. BornAugust 13, 1987 (age 27), Nyack, NY
  2. 40 yard dash time: 4.3 seconds
  3. Height6′ 0″ (1.83 m)

Jason and Devin McCourty were football standouts at Rutgers before moving onto the NFL where they are both currently starting defensive backs. Devin is a safety and team captain for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots while Jason is a cornerback and team captain for the Tennessee Titans. The twins were both recently recognized for their work on and off the field as they were both named “Walter Payton Man of the Year” by their respective NFL teams. “We have seen first hand the devastating effects of sickle cell on family members and we are choosing to use our platform to help families in similar situations,” said Jason. “This is something very personal to us and we’re thrilled to continue working with Embrace Kids Foundation,” added Devin.

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Their work in the field of chronic disease awareness continues on Saturday, June 20, 2015, where the McCourty twins will be hosting the 3rd Annual Tackle Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. This event is the major fundraising component of the Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign. The Run/Walk is for all ages and will be followed by a celebration including music, food and fun at the park. Jason and Devin McCourty will be joined on this day by fellow members of the NFL and Rutgers football community.

So remember, eat clean, stay active and continuously energize your life!

in the first quarter of an NFL football preseason game on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)

Fit Fathers would like to thank all of our partners for the 2015 Fit Fathers Day Celebration!

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Fit Fathers Day is back on Father’s Day June 21, 2015

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June is National Men’s Health Month

Fit Fathers Day is back on Father’s Day June 21, 2015: Empowering dads, role models, father figures, families & children!


WHO:  The Fit Fathers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that educates families on nutritional and fitness awareness. Fit Fathers provides recipes, family fitness activities, and health tips to inspire fathers to embrace healthier lifestyles. Fit Fathers hosts free Social Workouts and other events to help encourage fathers with life-enhancing solutions. [Read more…]

Fit Fathers Day Pledge! View the Video PSA

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On Sunday, June 21, 2015 Fit Fathers Day will have little to do with ties, socks and cologne but will offer focus on the tools needed for long-term life enhancement. It’s important on Father’s Day and each subsequent day that dads and male role models spearhead this call to action by taking time out to engage in physical fitness with their families and employ healthy food choices. Visit www.FitFathersDay.com to take the Fit Fathers Day pledge.

Take the Fit Fathers Pledge

 

Fit Fathers would like to thank all of our partners for the 2015 Fit Fathers Day Celebration!

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The Commander in Chief on True Fatherhood

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On any given day of the year he is known as the Commander in Chief, but today we will refer to him as Mr. Fit Father. Here we have President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia enjoying a leisurely bike ride on Treks while vacationing on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. As daunting and consuming as the job of running the United States is, President Obama still makes effort to spend quality time with his children while showing them that exercise is a much needed component to reviving the body and relieving the mind. He is doing an excellent job in our book.