Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine!
Spring means new beginnings…the flowers are growing, the trees are beginning to leaf out and you might catch a glimpse of a baby bird or a parade of ducklings along the shore. Change is in the air, and you can apply this philosophy to many areas of your life. Many people use this time to clean the house or clean up the yard to get it ready for the warm months ahead. You can also apply the spring cleaning mentality to your workout. Take a look at what works, toss out what doesn’t, and add some new ideas to give your fitness routine that performance enhancing kick it needs to get you in your best summer shape.
Go outside for a mental and physical fitness boost. Maybe you’ve been cooped up in a gym for too long, or you’ve (gasp!) let your routine lapse a little. Now is the time to try something new, fun, and outdoors. Add hiking or biking to your daily activities. Really get into the yard work this year. No matter what you decide to try, make sure you are challenging your goals, having fun and staying safe by protecting yourself from the sun, warming up and cooling down, and using the proper equipment.
Check out your overall health. It’s a great time to assess where you’re at fitness-wise and health-wise. getting a regular checkup, including a physical, will give you valuable information that can help you determine if your goals are appropriate, or if you need to add to or change some. Your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, plus your overall level of health, will help you determine what exercise and fitness habits will most benefit you.
Clear out your clutter…your mental clutter, that is. Exercise has a great side benefit: it helps improve your mood, your mental clarity, and your ability to handle stress. Do you usually focus on the number on the scale or the amount you can lift? Try to focus on some other positive aspects of working out, such as how your clothes fit or how much further you can run than last year. Taking a look at how far you’ve come and how good you feel could inspire new goals or new activities.
Get organized. Are your workouts a little more haphazard than you’d like? Are you unsure of whether you’ve reached certain goals? Do you stress about fitting in your workout each day? Take some time now to organize your fitness routines like you do the other parts of your life. You can use an electronic device or app to track your workouts and goals, write down ideas in a notebook, or put your workouts on a wall calender. No matter which method you choose, the important thing to remember is that in order to make your workouts a priority, you need to have a plan and stick to it. Joining a class or working out with a buddy are also good ways to help you stick to your new commitments.