Money Matters Team

5 Ways to Spring into Action

By Money Matters Team 20/02/2017

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Longer days and better weather mean it's time to emerge from hibernation – try these tips for getting active and embrace the joys of spring.

Throw off the duvet, shed those layers and leap, like a lamb gamboling through daisy-strewn fields, into spring.

Not feeling quite that sprightly just yet?

Here are some ideas to help you get outdoors and get active this spring.

1. Hit the outdoor gym

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Take your fitness routine outside. (If you have one. If you don't, here's your chance) A refreshing alternative to the gym.

Many parks now have free outdoor gyms, with bars and benches designed for keeping fit in the fresh air. Check your local council's website for locations near you.

Hardcore types will love being put through their paces with British Military Fitness, which runs outdoor 'boot camp' style workouts around the UK and offers free trials. Or join parkrun UK – they organise free weekly 5K runs nationwide, with all levels welcome. Their junior parkrun means kids can get involved too, with 2k events for ages four to 14.

2. Go old school

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Dust off the roller skates for a spin around the block, have a twirl with a hula hoop or chalk up a hopscotch court for some good old-fashioned fun.

Fancy something more civilised? Try a game of bowls or croquet in your garden or local park. A great way to get everyone together for the afternoon and make the most of the better weather.

3. Organise a family treasure hunt

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The scale of this is up to you. Hide sweet treats, homemade or novelty items around the garden or a bigger space like a playing field or park.

Then write a set of clues to lead to the 'treasure'. Check out Treasure Hunt Ideas for inspiration, maps and ready-made clues, with options tailored for kids and adults.

Or get the whole family out walking (without even realising it) by having a scavenger hunt.

Write a list of items from oak leaves to a red Fiat 500 (depending on whether you're in an urban or rural location) and get out hunting. The first one to tick everything off wins a prize. Or just the chance to choose what's for dinner. We'll leave that up to you.

4. Be a tourist

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Whether you live in an urban sprawl teeming with visitors, or are surrounded by rolling hills on all sides, set aside a day or weekend to explore your home turf in a different light. Sunlight, hopefully.

Strap on your walking boots and wander through your local park, taking different routes and stopping to soak in your surroundings. Grab a bike and head down roads, streets and paths you never or rarely visit, or make a list of museums, galleries and restaurants you've been meaning to visit.

Take photos, try new places and don't be afraid to get completely lost.

Basically, pretend you're a tourist – and rediscover the joys of where you live.

5. Create your own outdoor cinema

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Make like VIPs with a private screening in your own garden. You'll need a projector, which you can rent from Proscreens for around £50 a day. You'll also need a screen – scour eBay for bargains, or aim the projector at a plain, pale-coloured wall. Then grab the speakers from your stereo and enjoy the show.

But we're talking about getting active here, so pick a dance-along musical that will have everyone up and out of their seats. It could be Labyrinth or La La Land – we're not judging.

You have to work for that popcorn, you know.

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