With spring quickly approaching, many of us are probably looking forward to taking advantage of the warmer weather headed our way. After a long and cold winter, it is refreshing to see some color and livelihood outdoors. With that said, spring also offers a whole new set of opportunities to launch an entirely different approach to staying physically fit!
Now is the time to (literally) take a breath of fresh air and soak up the sun. It has probably been a while since you’ve last stepped outdoors for some physical activity, but you’re not alone! With the rise in temperature, now is the perfect opportunity to get back on a consistent and healthy workout schedule. And we’re here to offer you three key tips you can use that may help you get started on your journey.
Reflect & Create A Plan
There are plenty of reasons as to why we may take a halt on our fitness programs during the winter. The holidays, the cold weather, the hazardous driving conditions, the list goes. And we get it! It can be hard at times.
But, with new times come new goals, and springtime is the perfect opportunity to kickstart a new fitness program. Whether you want to pack on some extra muscle or cut a few inches from your waist, now is the time to formulate a plan!
Keep in mind though that your goals should always remain realistic, though. If it’s been a while since you’ve worked out, you may want to consider checking with your doctor to see what you’re physically capable of doing. We also know that summer is right around the corner and you may be eager to get that body you’re looking for. However, the primary goal in ANY season is to remain healthy. You don’t want to overstress or overwork your body, as it could possibly lead to serious injury. Slow and steady wins the race.
Go Through Your Pantry
One of the biggest things people love about the spring is that they can actually open up their windows and let a fresh breeze enter their homes. Well, while you’re opening up your windows, why not open your pantry too?
Many people unconsciously over-stock on certain food during the winter. It’s normal. However, take this opportunity to go through your pantry and get rid of any foods you may not need. In addition to that, try to organize the shelves so that nutritious foods are always up front and in easy-to-reach places.
Those healthy go-to foods will now be the first thing you see upon opening the door! Plus, all your guilty pleasure junk foods will either go unseen or, even better, be completely discarded. A new season means a new opportunity to stay motivated!
What’s better than being able to go outside without having to put on so much gear!? Springtime finally gives us the chance to enjoy the great outdoors and use mother nature to our advantage.
Yes, it is quite convenient to see how far you’ve run and how many calories you’ve burnt while on the treadmill. But, did you know that running outdoors is actually better for you? A number of studies have suggested that running outdoors can burn at least 5% more calories than running on a treadmill. This is because factors such as wind resistance and natural inclines come into play while running outside.
If running is not your forte, you could also consider doing yoga. There was probably nothing stopping you from doing yoga indoors during the winter, but a breath of fresh air during those intense stretches is always a great feeling! Plus, you have plenty of options as to where to do yoga; whether at the park or in the comfort of your own backyard.
Not to mention all those aerobic exercises you can take part in. Depending on where you live and what’s available to you, swimming, biking, even rock climbing are all viable options to start up on during the spring! Go outside and play some basketball or a game of ultimate frisbee. Don’t be afraid to let your inner-child loose, go out there and play!