©istockphoto/nullplusSum­mer is just start­ing, which means most of us are ready to get back into an out­door rou­tine. Even for the “all sea­sons” out­door enthu­si­ast, this is still a time of tran­si­tion and jump­ing back into sum­mer activ­i­ties can be chal­leng­ing. So, if you’re ready to brush off the dust and hit the trail, here are a few tips.

Check Your Shoes
Run­ning shoes are gen­er­al­ly good for about 8 months of reg­u­lar wear. If you played hard last sum­mer your shoes may not be per­form­ing opti­mal­ly, in which case it’s prob­a­bly time for a new pair. For those pur­su­ing mul­ti­ple activ­i­ties, opt for a shoe that can take you wher­ev­er you go.

Bring Your Gear to Work
For nine to fivers espe­cial­ly, it’s easy to rush home to the couch and spend the evening loung­ing. To boost your chances of get­ting your after­noon out­door activ­i­ty in, pack a bag with what you’ll need and bring it with you to work so you can change and go right the trail­head or park.

Get a Partner
Chances are you’re not the only one look­ing to get back in the swing of things. Enlist a friend to team up and get back out. You’ll moti­vate each oth­er and the added pres­sure of mak­ing your work­out a social event, means you’re more like­ly to fol­low through.

Go In the Morning
While it might not be real­is­tic to forge out on a 10-mile morn­ing hike, it’s prob­a­bly pos­si­ble to get a short trail run in before break­fast. Take advan­tage of the ear­li­er day­light hours and get out­side first thing. While giv­ing up an extra 30 min­utes of shut-eye is no easy feat, you’ll thank your­self lat­er in the day when you’ve already got­ten out. The trick with ear­ly morn­ing activ­i­ty is to start before your brain knows what’s happening.

Play with Your Pup
If you spent the cold­er sea­sons hiber­nat­ing, your fur­ry friend prob­a­bly did too. Tak­ing your dog out for a hike or run is a sure way to get you both back into it. He will thank you—and prob­a­bly be less mis­chie­vous after a bout of out­door activity.

Pick a New Trail
Feel­ing burnt out on the same trails you roamed last year? Branch out a lit­tle and explore some­thing new. A new set­ting, a dif­fer­ent trail, or an unseen view might be just what you need to get back into your sum­mer rou­tine. Be sure to stay safe by choos­ing types of ter­rain you’re used to and let­ting some­one know where you’ll be. Once you’ve cov­ered that have at it and take the road less traveled.

Get Caf­feinat­ed
Feel­ing too tired to get out­side? Try down­ing a cup of cof­fee 30–60 min­utes before your activ­i­ty. Stud­ies show this amount of caf­feine boosts per­for­mance and it’ll like­ly help you muster the ener­gy to get start­ed. If you tend to engage in activ­i­ty in the evening opt for less caf­feine or none at all if you’re par­tic­u­lar­ly sen­si­tive as it can affect your sleep schedule.

Join a Run­ning Group
Often found on social net­works or via a sim­ple Google search, local run­ning groups are a great way to get out­side. The added ben­e­fit of orga­nized group runs means more rou­tine and more moti­va­tion to get out.

Explore a New Activity
Maybe this is the year you final­ly start kayak­ing, pick up moun­tain bik­ing, or try out­door rock climb­ing. What­ev­er your new activ­i­ty is, it’s sure to get you back into the out­doors and enjoy­ing your summer.

Make a Plan
Some might be rid­ing the guilt of all that “Net­flix and chill” this win­ter. If that sounds like you, don’t fret or let it bog you down. Make a plan to get start­ed and employ some of these oth­er tips. Write it out if you have to, but start by des­ig­nat­ing sev­er­al days a week as your days to get out. Before you know it, you’ll be hit­ting your sum­mer activ­i­ties like you nev­er stopped.