Spring is in the air; it’s time to clean up and shape up! It is the perfect time to get in shape and commit to a workout routine that will help you achieve that summertime body. This season opens up a variety of fresh opportunities to take your workout to the next level and gives you a unique weight loss solution. These tips will take your everyday exercise habits and tune into your inner fitness guru.
If you’re experiencing muscle fatigue and joint pain more often than usual it might be time to retire your current footwear. A good rule of thumb is to replace your walking shoes every 300-400 miles. Spring is time to change your sole mates whether it’s flex frame and well-cushioned for the walkers or shock absorbing for the cross training, it very essential for your active lifestyle.
Flowers blooming, warmer temperatures, and longer daylight hours means it’s time to take your workout outside. Go for a walk with a friend and ditch the treadmill. Or balance and clear your chakras with an outdoor yoga session in your backyard. Why not head over to your neighborhood park? With an exercise mat or ball to do lunges, leg lifts, and planks springtime just became the motivation and outdoor workouts are refreshing.
Food just comes alive during the spring, literally. Farmer’s markets are ripe to the brim with seasonal produce, like berries, spinach, arugula, asparagus, and fresh herbs such as parsley and mint. Indulge in the season with a delicious smoothie, using spring fruits or vegetables, to enjoy before or after your workout. Combine fresh berries, a banana, nonfat Greek yogurt, fat-free milk, vanilla extract, and your choice of a sugar substitute in a blender, and you have yourself an invigorating pre- or post-workout drink. Couple it with a Good to Go Bar for an easy and energizing burst of protein.
Studies show that when you work out with another person, you’re more likely to stick with your exercise routine, so partner up and create a workout schedule. You can take after-dinner walks, set up a weekend date to hike, take a bike tour of a neighboring town, go for an interval walk on the beach, or rent a canoe or kayak to paddle along a lake or river. A game of tennis, anyone? The warm weather gives you and your workout buddy options to keep from routines in your workout regimen.
It‘s important to keep taking your workouts to the next level, you don’t want to fall into a plateau with your exercise routine. To stay motivated, create an exercise inspiration board where you pin “before” photos of yourself, pictures of clothing you would like to wear once you reach your goal weight, and motivational quotes and images.