Spring is finally here! Okay, it may not feel like it just yet. But the spring season is upon us and soon enough (hopefully!), the weather will catch up with the calendar, giving us all a lot more reasons to spend time outdoors. Of course, the great outdoors make for the perfect venue to get your workout regimes back in order. For those of you who have been camping indoors all winter long, you’ll soon have the chance to get back into shape in your favourite way!
It’s important to kick off the spring in a healthy way. After all, you’re bound to be more active, spend less time inside and want to participate in all of the great events that warm weather allows for. Feeling and looking your best will play a big role in how much you’re able to enjoy the new season – not to mention the rest of your life! Let’s look at some ways you can use the spring to get into tip-top shape.
Book A Physical. According to Shape.com, this is actually the first step one must take when creating their spring fitness routine. Keeping tabs on our health is not only important in general, but is a key step in creating a workout regimen that is ideal for your age and body type. You don’t want to overexert yourself. Making sure that you are capable of handling your fitness routines is the first step in making them successful.
Become Your Own Drill Sergeant. Sure, you can hire a personal trainer. But the truth is, no one is going to care more about your health and fitness than you. It’s important to use “tough love” on yourself, according to Joe Decker of Active.com. “This means accountability,” he writes, “No more oversleeping or skipping workouts for happy hour. You need to make a plan to get into shape and stick with it.”
Set A Schedule, But Be Realistic. Making time is perhaps the most difficult part of working out. Now that the spring is here, you should be more encouraged to make time for those outdoor cardio exercises you’ve dreaded all winter long. Don’t assume you have to “catch up” though. Shape.com advises that you simply “post your exercise plan in places you’ll look frequently, like the calendar app on your smartphone or at your desk at work.”
Change Up Your Cardio. Decker points out that while weightlifting helps to build muscles, cardio helps to get rid of unwanted fat. But you don’t want to do the same old routine day in and day out. Many people get used to simply heading out for a jog day after day. This won’t cut it. Switch it up and “shock your body”, says Decker. On different days, try skipping, jumping jacks, sprinting and other various ways to get your heart rate up.
Protect Your Skin. Shape.com reminds us that with the spring comes more time spent outdoors. And with more time spent outdoors comes more reason to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. While you’re getting that extra Vitamin D, you also want to wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of at least 15 to prevent skin damage. Don’t forget to rub it in behind your ears and behind your neck, advises the site.
Keep It Simple. At the end of the day, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with your new spring workout routine. Decker reminds us that to stay in shape, you don’t have to purchase expensive equipment or even sign up for a gym membership. Keeping it simple is not only easy, but effective. Pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, dips, lunges and squats are among his favourite exercises.