The ever-growing popularity of triathlons has vastly increased the number of cyclists hitting the streets, and you can be among them. But don't worry, you don't have to get a tight-fitting neon ensemble and high-performing bike right from the get-go. Stop in at a few bike stores and see what they have available in your price range and that suits your needs. With a decent bicycle and a safety-certified, properly fitted helmet, it's easy to get out biking. Use your bicycle to run errands, or take it out for leisurely rides on the weekend. To make it even more fun, see if you can get a friend or family member interested in this easy outdoor activity. That way the two of you can head out and explore new trails and destinations while keeping each other motivated.
If you thrive on team spirit, mastering new skills and having fun, then a game of Ultimate Frisbee might be just the challenge you're looking for. The game is played in a large field and involves two teams of seven people. Teammates throw one another the Frisbee, with the ultimate goal of throwing it to a team member in the end zone. Many teams are competitive, but there are also lots of casual social groups that play just for fun. Search online for Ultimate Frisbee teams in your area, and try one out for yourself. You'll meet interesting people and have fun getting fit in the fresh spring air.
Jogging is one of the easiest physical activities you can get into this spring. You can do it just about anywhere and in almost any weather conditions. The challenge with jogging is that if you aren't a runner, getting started can be a little overwhelming and exhausting. Running puts stress on your muscles, joints and cardiovascular system in a way you might not have a lot of experience with. That's where forming a run club that will offer you support and motivation can come in handy. If you have friends or family members who have expressed interest in taking up running, ask them if they'd be interested in committing to a few runs a week with you. Or call up a Running Room location near you, and ask when it holds free running groups. Test out a few, and then consider registering for one of its regular running or walking clinics so you can be inspired to get out running all season long.
The popularity of mud runs and obstacle races has exploded over the past year. Dozens of them are happening all over the country, ranging from easy 5-kilometre runs to intense 18-kilometre treks. A great way to get in shape and stay motivated for one is to sign up as a team with some of your friends, family or colleagues. Lifting weights and running on a treadmill aren't ideal for getting your body to the fitness level you require, so it will make for a great excuse to start training outside. Head to a local park that has a jungle gym, if possible, with your team, and set up your very own boot camp. Sprinting, crawling and climbing will get you some solid cardio, while push-ups, burpies, chin-ups and any other intense strength drills you come up with together will ensure you're all in tip-top shape come race day.
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