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After what seems like the winter that just won’t go away, spring is the perfect time to start or improve an exercise routine.

Exercising for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, is recommended for maintaining cardiovascular health and general well-being, and a moderate level of intensity is all you need to get your heart pumping. properly.

While working out is an activity that some look forward to, not all of us are enthusiastic about the idea of ​​moving for the sake of moving. Walking, jogging or strength training just to stay healthy isn’t for everyone. So, to make exercise more interesting, we can pair physical activity with hobbies that we find intriguing and fun.

Everyone will have different activities that will get them going and getting their blood pumping, but here are some examples to inspire you to think differently about exercise:

Gardening

If you have a passion for growing flowers or vegetables, gardening is a great way to get moving. Weeding, mulching, planting bulbs or seeds, pruning plants, tilling the soil, and watering your flower beds can cover the spectrum from light to intense exercise.

Maintaining your gardens while enjoying the sunlight and surrounding yourself with plants and the serenity of the outdoors can also have a positive effect on your mental health. If you choose to grow fruits and vegetables, you will have the added benefit of reaping your crops and putting fresh, healthy produce on your table.

Bird watching

You can identify a variety of bird species just by sitting on your porch. Imagine what you can see if you step out into the local parks and forests of northeast Pennsylvania. With a pair of binoculars and a birding guide, you’ll discover a world of color and beauty that changes with each season. The best part is you won’t even notice you’re walking for miles.

Locally, the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society hosts events in Wayne, Susquehanna, Lackawanna, and Pike counties, and they have a wealth of knowledge and recommendations to share with you if the birdsong calls your name.

Historical walks

Have you ever noticed the blue signs that point to historic NEPA sites? With so much history in our region, each municipality has its fair share.

Locate these historical landmarks in your borough, township or city and create a map that you can follow on foot. Learn about our region’s past while taking steps towards a healthier future. When you’ve seen everything you can in your city, recreate the hike and the historical circuit in neighboring municipalities.

For history buffs, this activity has lasting potential, as the area has so much rich history to observe.

It’s important to keep in mind that all of these suggestions can start small and progress to more moderate exercise.

You can start gardening by spending an hour at a time among the flowers before devoting entire mornings or afternoons to the soil. You can start birdwatching with a half-hour walk in a local park before joining a birding society for hikes lasting several hours. And you can drive to a starting point for a historic walk to avoid getting stranded, if you’re just starting an exercise routine.

The important thing is to slow down, get out and enjoy a new hobby while establishing a routine.

Dr. Alfred Casale, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, is Chief Medical Officer of Geisinger Surgical Services and President of the Geisinger Heart Institute. Readers can write to him via [email protected]