Top 10 Ways to Enjoy a Spring Walk

No wonder they declared International Happiness Day on the first day of Spring. After a dark and cold winter, everyone is itching to get outside and walk in the sun. Spring is when everything is changing, growing, transforming. You will never walk the same walk twice in spring as every living thing is growing, budding, blooming, transforming. The weather also can change on a whim, so be prepared for anything!

Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm 5K/10K
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm 5K/10K. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Flowers, flowers, flowers! Check your local area for walks that go through flower farms or orchards in bloom. They may have fun runs/walks or walking tours.

  • Fields of flowers and blooming trees: I've enjoyed walks and run/walks past fields of daffodils, tulips, iris, pear blossoms, cherry blossoms and more.
  • Spring garden tours: Local garden clubs may have walking tours past the best local gardens.
  • Wildflower walks: One local park has a trillium walk each year. Look for what your local parks offer.

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Spring Break Walking

San Sebastian - La Concha Beach
San Sebastian - La Concha Beach. Wendy Bumgardner © 2013

Enjoy a spring getaway to a sunny beach. But don't just sit in the sand working on your sunburn -- get up and walk! Strolling on the beach and wading in the waves is good exercise. Amble through the local sights and museums and any walking tours they have available.
How to Plan a Walking Vacation

If you can't get out of town but you are home with the kids during their Spring Break, plan a walking staycation in your own locale. You will be amazed at what you discover being a local tourist.
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Show Your Toes in Sandals

Pretty Toes in Flip Flops
Pretty Toes in Sandals. Karly Pope/Moment Open/Getty

At last you can switch from the cute boots and comfort shoes to walking sandals. Give yourself a foot pampering treat with a spa pedicure and primp your toenails with polish. Go easy on the calluses as they are our friends for preventing blisters, you don't want to end up a tenderfoot. Not all sandals are walker-friendly. You still want to choose healthier flip flops rather than the cheap flimsy ones.
Top Picks for Fitness Walking Sandals

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Walk a Bunny Hop

Tutus at the Hop Hop Half Marathon
Wendy Bumgardner ©

Celebrate Easter by joining in a bunny-themed walk/run event. It will be a great excuse to wear a race costume, like a colorful tutu adorned with a pom-pom bunny tail. Or find a onesie and rock it with some bunny ears. If you haven't been walking much all winter, start a month before your event to train for a 5K walk
Where to Find Sparkly and Fun Race Gear

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Walk a Labyrinth

Outdoor Labyrinth - Pacific University
Outdoor Labyrinth - Pacific University, Oregon. Wendy Bumgardner ©

The ancient tradition of slowly and mindfully walking the path of a labyrinth is practiced in many cultures. During spring you will discover many new labyrinths have been installed and portable ones set up at churches and community centers. It's an experience that can expand your awareness and lead to new insights.
Walking a Labyrinth

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Walk at Work -- or Walk to Work

City Pedestrians Walking
Walking to Work.

Most of us spend too much time sitting, which increases your health risks. Sitting is the new smoking. Find ways to get up and move around more throughout the work day. If it's possible for you walk for part of your commute, that's a great way to start and end the work day.
10 Tips for Walking to Work
Maximize Your Break Time Walk

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Walk for Charity

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Starting Line
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Starting Line. Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic/Getty

The grandaddy of all US charity walks is the March of Dimes' March for Babies -- the original walkathon. In spring you can also find many other charity walking events. More often, they will find you as family and friends encourage you to come walk it with them.
How to Prepare for a Charity Walk.

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Start Training for a Half Marathon or Marathon

Autumn Marathon
Autumn Marathon. Toshi Sasaki/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Did you put a half marathon or marathon on your New Years Resolution list? You will find many training programs starting up in the spring to get you ready for fall races. You can join with a group to get live coaching and make new walking friends. If you are a newbie, give yourself six to nine months to fully train for a marathon, and three to six months for a half marathon.
How to Train for a Marathon or Half Marathon Walk

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Take a Hike

Trail Walking and Hiking
Trail Walking and Hiking. Hero Images/Gettty Images

Spring is a great time to get your Vitamin G -- green. Go off-road on natural trails and enjoy the trees, foliage and wildlife. Find a nearby park or add hiking and trekking to your spring vacation plans. Gear up with trail shoes for better traction and trekking poles or a hiking stick for stability.
How to Hike
Why You Need Trail Shoes

Play in the Mud Puddles

Walking Through Puddle in Rain
Walking Through Puddle in Rain. Mike Harrington/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images

April showers bring May flowers. Or, in my neck of the woods, May showers, and June showers... There's no such thing as bad weather, just inadequate raingear. Gear up and go enjoy a walk in the rain. Or throw yourself into it with one of the mud runs or other obstacle adventure races. They usually involve running and obstacle courses, but sound like a great time playing in the mud.
How to Walk in the Rain
Tips for Rainy Races

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