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Fun in the sun: Get off the couch and enjoy the great outdoors

During the winter months, it’s easy to spurn the great outdoors in favor of Netflix and your favorite adult beverage or dessert.

The weekend arrives, and you’ve promised yourself all week that this would be the Saturday you head outside, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and get moving again.

But the TV calls your name, and before you know it, one episode of your favorite sitcom on Netflix turns into a six hour binge on your couch.

Be honest, we’ve all been there.

As a self-proclaimed indoors enthusiast, I face the same struggles as my Baton Rouge brethren when lacing up the tennis shoes and heading outside for new adventures.

Inside is much more comfortable, but it’s never too late to make some changes (mid year resolutions anyone?) and spice things up on the weekend.

Whether you’re looking for an hour long outdoor activity or a day long adventure, here are five options you should consider for your future outside entertainment.

Read a book in the sunshine

If you’re not an avid reader, this option may not be your cup of tea. But whether you enjoy a classic novel or latest gossip magazine (or the latest issue of DIG), take your literature outside! Find a park bench along the LSU lakes or sprawl out on a blanket in the middle of the Parade Ground. You may need to bring along sunglasses, but I guarantee your reading experience will be even more fulfilling in the openness of Mother Nature than on your favorite couch.

Go watch the Tigers play ball

Heading to the ballpark to catch a game is one of America’s favorite pastimes! Fortunately for Baton Rouge residents, there are two excellent teams to watch play nearly every weekend in the spring right off LSU’s campus. Head over to Alex Box Stadium to watch the LSU baseball team alongside the best college baseball fans in America, or venture down to Tiger Park to witness Beth Torina and the LSU softball team dominate the competition. Grab a hot dog and cold beverage and root the Tigers on to victory. You won’t regret it!

Visit a local festival

When the calendar begins to turn to spring, you know festival season is right away the corner. Fest for All, Live After 5, Bayou Country Superfest and Baton Rouge Blues Festival are all exciting ways to spend a lively day outside with no strenuous exercise required. Enjoy your favorite tunes, meet some new people and embrace Baton Rouge culture.

Recreate old school recess

Remember the good ‘ole days of childhood recess? As children, it was our only respite from the stuffy classrooms filled with cursive writing and multiplication tables. Why not channel your inner child and relive the times of elementary school recess? Gather a group of friends, or that special someone, and hit the swing set at your neighborhood playground, dust off your jump rope or grab your favorite football or Frisbee. Sidewalk chalk, four square, jungle gyms, the options are literally limitless. If you have a son, daughter, niece or nephew, there’s no better way for some multigenerational fun than sharing your favorite childhood pastime with the youngsters.

Enjoy a casual stroll…with your favorite ice cream cone

This can be a solo endeavor, but ice cream is always better with friends! As the weather warms up, head outside for a frozen treat and burn off the acquired calories by mixing in a casual stroll down the sidewalk. This is great way for some outdoors fellowship with everyone’s favorite dessert.

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