Today's challenge for Saturday, March 5: Take it outside. Turn up the fun on exercise by moving it back into nature.

By Mallory Creveling

When you start to think of the treadmill as the “dreadmill,” it’s time for a change of scenery. Exercising in nature provides some added health benefits, like an increase in happiness and energy and a decrease in anxiety and anger. Plus, because it makes your routine more enjoyable, you’re likely to go back for another round of sweaty activity. In addition to heading outside for a walk or run, try these ideas from Ellen Barrett, fitness instructor and Family Circle Health Advisory Board member.

Go for a ride. Saddle up your bicycle to run errands, get to work or just to squeeze in a good workout. And remember that you don’t have to go it alone. Try these ways to make cycling a family affair.

Take a hike. You’ll see beautiful sights and get a killer calorie burn by hitting the trails. Check out some of these family-friendly paths across the country.

Try out a new sport. Still snowy where you are? Go sledding or ice-skating or try snowshoeing. If temperatures have warmed up, shoot some hoops with your kids, play tennis with your hubs or try stand-up paddleboarding with a pal.

Visit your local park. If you’re taking the kids outside to play, you might as well join ’em. Follow these mini do-anywhere routines and you can blast serious calories in just a few minutes.

Sign up for a 5K. There’s nothing more motivating than committing to crossing a finish line (once you’ve plunked down cash to sign up and get there). Find a race in your area, then start increasing your speed on the pavement with this advice.

Family Circle tapped the Partnership for a Healthier America to help bring you this easy—and fun—wellness challenge. Post a National Geographic–worthy picture of an outdoor stroll today, March 5, 2016, on our Facebook pages or Twitter feeds with the hashtag #14DayChallenge and you could win a prize! No purchase necessary. Open to legal U.S. residents, 18+. See rules for complete details.

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