A workout is said to be 25% perspiration and 75% determination. Therein lies the problem.
You see, there is absolutely nothing whimsical about sweat. And, the thought of making yourself go outside to play isn't much of a spiritual event either. Let's face it, getting motivated to go bike riding was easier when you were a kid.
But besides the obvious physical benefits, working out provides an opportunity to take charge of your own destiny, a chance for escapism and a method of renewel and rebirth. Isn't that what spring (which officially began yesterday) is all about?
Yes, bicycling through a park can spark ageless memories, not to mention burn off age-old fat. Ego--now, isn't that what spring is all about?
The best way to start a workout program is to choose an activity you enjoy. This is one time when developing a habit will pay off. Maybe the new addiction is a 40-minute walk around a neighborhood park three times a week. Or you might decide to shoot hoops twice a week. Just make the commitment and get going.
With luck, when spring rolls around next year you won't even have to break stride.
Ready for a Type-A kind of walk in the park, and a toss of the Frisbee too? Then try Frisbee golf. Except that disc replaces the ball, it's like regular golf. The courses have tee boxes, fairways and a "disc pole hole basket" to "putt" into. Aside from the cost of a Frisbee (sounds like it's time to retrieve that dusty disc from the garage), this is a cheap way to have some fun and get exercise, too. Orange County has a fair share of Frisbee golf courses:
* Reid Park, 3100 W. Orange Ave., Anaheim.
* Huntington Central Park, Golden West Street west of Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach.
* Mason Regional Park, 18712 University Drive, Irvine.
* Turtle Rock Community Park, 1 Sunnyhill Drive, Irvine.
* University Community Park, Royce Road at Beech Tree Lane, Irvine.
Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding
Whether you want to wheel around on a mountain bike, climb every mountain, or just horse around, Orange County has plenty of space to do it:
* Yorba Regional Park, 7600 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim. Lakes and streams set a rural background for hikers, bikers and equestrians on this 165-acre park.
* Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4422 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea. Hikers and bikers can explore this 124-acre park set among pine and redwood groves and a 4-acre lake.
* Craig Regional Park, 3300 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton. 124 acres of trails climb the terrain of Fullerton; excellent for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
* Laguna Lake Park, 3120 Lakeview Drive, Fullerton. Biking, equestrian and hiking trails wind through this 28-acre park.
* Huntington Central Park, Golden West Street at Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach. Horseback riding and rentals, hiking and biking on 300 landscaped acres.
* William B. Mason Regional Park, 18712 University Drive, Irvine. Plenty of open space on 345 acres. Hike or bike around a freshwater lake.
* Hacienda Heights Park, 1885 N. Hacienda Blvd., La Habra Heights. Ten tree-covered acres of countryside trails. Horses permitted.
* Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. 135 acres of hiking terrain with a 36-acre stocked lake.
* Irvine Regional Park, 21501 Chapman Ave., Orange. 477 acres of possibilities, including hiking trails, bicycle and horseback rentals and a botanical preserve.
* Santiago Oaks Regional Park, 2145 N. Windes Drive, Orange. 124-acre park with both equestrian and hiking trails.
* Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 7,600-acre wilderness park with challenging trails; tent, RV and equestrian camping available.
* Cleveland National Forest, Ortega Highway east of San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana Mountains. There are plenty of trails in this 420,000-acre area. Also the site of Palomar Observatory. Campsites available.
* Santiago Park, 2535 N. Main St., Santa Ana. A relatively short course (14 acres) for hikers, but to get hiking into a weekly routine, this park fits the bill.
* Silverado Canyon, at the end of Silverado Canyon Road, Santa Ana Mountains. Rough terrain around this 100-year-old former mining town lends itself to the hearty hiker and the strong-legged cyclist. Plenty of room for horses.
* O'Neill Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon. 1,200-acre park with 5 miles of trails. Campsites and equestrian campground, too.
* Featherly Regional Park, 24001 Santa Ana Canyon Road, Yorba Linda. Hike or bike on the nature trails of this 700-acre wilderness park. Campsites available.
If smacking a ball across a net appeals to you, Orange County has plenty of outdoor volleyball nets for pickup games or an organized set with friends:
* Peralta Canyon Park, 115 N. Pinney Drive, Anaheim.
* Tewinkle Park, 970 Arlington Ave., Costa Mesa.
* Doheny Park, Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
* Craig Regional Park, 3300 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton.
* Huntington Beach Pier, Main Street at PCH, Huntington Beach.