Spring is finally here, so now’s the time to give your workout some spring cleaning of its own.
If winter had you inside for your workouts, or if you backed off your workouts during the winter—with shoveling snow being the extent of your workouts—then it’s time to spring back into fitness in the beautiful outdoors! Here are a few tips:
Start out slowly and build from there. Especially if winter kept you from exercising less than you wanted to, try exercising in 10-minute sessions at different intervals during the day. It’s just as effective as a 30-minute workout, but can help your body to adjust incrementally instead of all at once. Each week, increase your time working out until you reach your target workout times. And get out and enjoy the weather while working out—which brings us to the next tip.
Take your workout outside. If riding a stationary bike has been your thing, then get on a real bike and cycle around your neighborhood or a community park. Likewise, if you jog or run, go outside and run a track or some trails. You can also mix up your fitness routine by teaming up with some friends to participate in outdoor team sports such as softball, baseball, badminton, volleyball or tennis. If you prefer going solo, then go to an outdoor batting cage, jump rope or go canoeing. Jumping rope, by the way, not only can make you feel like a kid again, but it also burns approximately 208 calories in only 20 minutes!
Mix it up with cross training. Changing up your fitness routine can not only keep you motivated, but it can also help you not overuse the same muscles, tendons or joints each time, which can set the stage for injury. Include outdoor activities such as walking, bicycling, tennis, swimming (on warmer spring days), jumping rope and more. If there’s also an outdoor yoga, Pilates or tai chi option, then go ahead and join in. You can also incorporate jumping jacks, short sprints and walking lunges to mix it up even more.
Strap on those weights. By using wrist and ankle weights, you can boost toning up your arms and legs with your outside biking, walking, or other fitness regimen. You can also use those weights for working around the house or even if you are taking your dog for a stroll. The weights add “resistance” to strengthen and tone your muscles. They’re also beneficial as we head into bikini season!
Go ahead. Spring into fitness! It’s beginning to get beautiful out there.
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.