When the warmer days of Spring begin to come around, there is an intensive urge to get outside and do something. Do you listen to that urge? Or do you try to prolong the hibernation of Winter just a little bit longer?
It isn’t always easy to get outside and do something, especially if your budget is tight. Here are some options that will help you have some fun, be active, and are often free so you don’t need to worry about money.
#1. Go take a hike.
Many communities have parks that offer miles of hiking trails that are free to access. State or national parks may offer hundreds of miles of trails that can be accessed for a small fee. In the early days of Spring, many of these trails are empty, so you can take your time and explore at your leisure. Just be sure to watch out for warnings about a trail and use park trails only in the day to stay as safe as possible.
#2. Explore a bicycle trail.
Outside of the cost of a bicycle, there isn’t much holding you back from a day of exploring a nice trail. Many railroad tracks have been converted into lengthy trails that directly connect you to communities that you explore once you arrive. Many communities offer dedicated bike lanes if you wish to explore a city as well.
#3. Go bowling.
Bowling is often rated as the world’s most popular sport and it is easy to see why. The logistics of bowling are easy and the cost of it is inexpensive if you use “house equipment.” You can also purchase your own bowling ball and shoes for less than $100 and never encounter another rental fee, though lane use fees will always apply. In most areas, you get a full game in for less than $5, and some areas have bowling at less than $2 per game during certain times.
#4. Sit on the beach.
Going to the beach is a chance to relax while enjoying social connections. Get there early to get a good spot, apply sunscreen as needed, and you can enjoy the entire day in the sunshine if you wish. If you do have some money to spend, look for restaurants, cafes, and clubs to enjoy after the sun goes down to continue the fun.
If you don’t live near a lake, river, or coastal area, then make your own beach. Find a quiet spot, listen to the world, and allow yourself to breathe in peace for a while.
#5. Focus on you.
It’s easy to concede to the ideas of others when you want to live an active lifestyle, but don’t let your voice be drowned out. It is just as important to focus on your needs and wants. If that means you’ve always wanted to go skydiving, then make it happen. Just because no one else wants to join in with your fun doesn’t mean you deserve to be inactive. When others see how much fun being active is for you, there’s a good chance they’ll want to tag along the next time you go.
#6. Don’t be afraid to take a risk.
It is natural to fear the unknown. It is also thrilling to embrace it. Go do something that you’ve never done before. Whether that means you go explore a new trail or you hop into a boat and do some whitewater rafting, there is a lot this world can offer. Experience it.