All of the snow has melted outside my office windows, and this week’s forecast includes temperatures near or over 60 every day. Weather such as this makes me feel more inclined to participate in outdoor activities, for although I enjoy a couple hours of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, I would rather be inside during most of the winter.
However, once the temperature is warm enough that I don’t have to don a scarf, gloves, and heavy socks, I look forward to time outside. Whether it be a leisurely walk in my neighborhood, a hike in a state park, or an afternoon bike ride, I enjoy getting away from the electronic world and immersing myself in exercise and nature.
I think of myself as an average sort of outdoor enthusiast. On one end of the spectrum is the group of people who are dedicated to their sport, purchase specialized equipment, and are fully immersed in these activities. On the other end is the group of people who are new to outdoor activities and are seeking information on how to begin. For me, I have the basic gear necessary and a base of knowledge for how to safely participate in outdoor activities. However, I don’t have aspirations to set any outdoor records.
I think that our outdoor fitness publication, Outdoors Eagle, does a fine job of meeting the needs of all within this spectrum. Covering many topics, from the basics, such as choosing a backpack, to more advanced, such as ice climbing vacations, Outdoors Eagle offers the advice that you want.
As nicer weather approaches your region, be sure to take some time and enjoy the outdoors. I know I will be doing so.