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Spring into Florida Fitness—Head Outdoors for Healthy Activities
April 12, 2013
The Florida outdoors is one big playground—especially in Spring and Summer. Grab your sunscreen and workout gear and get ready to spring into fitness. Many Florida outdoor spaces are equipped for children and those with disabilities—always call ahead to find out about accommodations.
Get Hooked on Fishing
Whether for sport or food, fishing is an excellent form of activity—and can be low-impact fun for those with chronic joint conditions. Florida has a wealth of quality fisheries, including 7,700 lakes, 10,550 miles of rivers and 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline. Find spots to help you reel in good health near you at http://myfwc.com/fishing/ and keep these healthy fish tips handy http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/prevention/healthy-weight/nutrition/seafood-consumption/fish-advisories-page.html
Classic yard games such as bocce ball, badminton and Frisbee cost just a few dollars and keep you moving all season long. Use your front or back yard as the playing field or find a local playground or park that has tennis or basketball courts http://mapofplay.kaboom.org/cities/ (call ahead to see if they are smoke-free). Florida also has many golf courses that are just ready for you to tee up!
Pathways and Pedals
Pack up plenty of water and take to the trials. Make a game of spotting Florida flora and fauna as you walk or take a bike ride around a local lake (you’ll be surprised how quickly you can rack up the miles). Find out about more about Florida’s nature trails and biking paths.
One advantage of being in Florida is the abundance of places to have a refreshing water sport experience. Swimming, boating, and walking on the beach help build strong muscles and energize your body. The Florida Healthy Beaches program monitors the water quality of more than 300 beaches across the state.