It’s always during this time of year that we get to look at our surroundings, smile, and talk to our fellow Arizonans about how much we love where we live. Part of the beauty of residing in such a temperate (and gorgeous state) is that being outdoors year-round contributes to better health, more options for physical activity, and overall stress reduction. So if you’re in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, and want to tap into the benefits of exercise and being outdoors, here are some ideas to combine it all.
Go for a Climb
Hiking and Arizona go hand-in-hand, and there’s no better time to hit the trails than the winter months. With clear skies and cool temperatures, you’ll feel (literally) on top of the world as you climb toward the summit of your choosing. A couple of Valley favorites are Tom’s Thump or Sunrise trails at McDowell Sonoran Conservatory, where you can even join their All Trails Club to get a guided tour from Stewards and Preserve volunteers.
Blaze a Trail
When you think of a physical exercise that can be done outdoors, you might not immediately think of horseback riding. But traversing the trails on the back of a majestic horse can do a lot for stress reduction – and provide quite a workout. Check out Cave Creek Trail Rides to learn more and to find out what options are available.
Go for a Winter Swim
Just because summer is long gone doesn’t mean you have to bid adieu to swimming too! In fact, many gyms and aquatic centers around the valley offer heated pools throughout the winter. Our favorites are the ones that are both heated and outdoors, so you can enjoy the beauty of nature from the water, no matter the temperatures outside. Living at Terravita our residents love to spend their time year-round at our resort style pool; and can enjoy swimming laps, water aerobics, and socializing with friends.
Stretch your Way Strong
No healthy lifestyle is complete without stretching, which is part of the reason why so many people are loving the age-old practice of yoga these days. But did you know yoga doesn’t have to be practiced indoors? In fact, many people organize yoga sessions outdoors, in parks or other open areas where you can stretch and enjoy nature in one fell swoop.
Go for a Scenic Bike Ride
Another idea for better health is to get your heart pumping by riding a bike. You could do a spin class indoors, of course, but why not ride along the Arizona canal and feel the cool breeze on your face instead? Ride through downtown Scottsdale, and see some sights, while the weather is still perfect outside.
Explore as you Exercise
As you think about ideas for physical activity, remember you don’t have to go far from home to partake in exercise outdoors that’s good for your body, mind, and soul. Go for a walk around your neighborhood, or explore until you find a neighborhood gem like the Carefree Desert Gardens. You might be surprised to discover all the beauty in your area if you simply start roaming it on foot and opening your eyes to what’s around you.
These are a few of our best ideas for outdoor exercise activities in Arizona that promote better health and stress reduction as you aim for a healthy lifestyle. Did we miss any? What are your favorites? Contact us to learn more about living an active lifestyle surrounded by the beauty of Arizona’s nature.