Spring is officially here, and with it has come better weather, flowers in bloom, longer daylight hours, and bright spirits.
After the initial motivation of the new year, we know that the dark and chilly winter months can put a damper on your fitness efforts. But with spring here for the next few months, now is the perfect time to freshen up your health and wellness habits.
Just like your closets, it’s time to spring clean your fitness routine. Get rid of what is no longer serving you, and ditch what’s standing in the way of you and your goals.
Freshen up your fitness routine with these 10 ideas, which are sure to remotivate and reinvigorate you to kick your spring training into high gear!
1. Get outside and breathe in the spring air
When its chilly and dark, it can be hard to motivate yourself to leave your warm home to go to the gym or to go exercise outside. With the weather brightening up and the daylight hours extending, plan some time outside to get fresh air and to be active. Do some yoga in the park, or find a local hike near you. With everything in bloom, it’s the perfect time to immerse yourself in nature and explore the environment around you.
2. Spring clean your workout playlists
Now is the best time to revamp your workout tunes. Music is a powerful tool for workout motivation, so start organizing your playlists! Add a bunch of your new favorite songs that motivate you to push yourself and get you excited for your workout, and get rid of songs you always skip when they pop up on shuffle. If you’re really on an organizing kick, you can even make a different playlist for different types of workouts: running, spin, yoga…you name it!
3. Try a new fitness app to shake things up
No time to head to the gym or to a studio all the time? Shake things up by finding an app that allows you to stick to a routine and offers you motivation, but also allows you to do it from the comfort of your home or neighborhood. There are apps for every type of fitness routine, some even with guided routines, so you can pick just the one that is right for you. Get downloading and get moving!
4. Get some new workout apparel
Spring clean your workout wardrobe with the rest of your closet. You may want to consider getting a new pair of running shoes; you should be switching out your running shoes every 6 months to a year depending on how often you use them. You need proper support from your shoes to prevent injury, tendinitis, and strain to the knees and shins. Spruce up your style with some new workout apparel, which can make you feel good about yourself and help motivate you to get out and show it off!
5. Analyze what about your fitness routine you love, and get rid of what isn’t working for you anymore
Is there a certain type of workout that you dread doing? Do you hate working out in the morning but force yourself to anyway? Don’t pigeonhole yourself into something that doesn’t work for you just because you feel like it’s something you “should” be doing. Say goodbye to what is no longer serving you and eliminate roadblocks to your motivation. Experiment with new types of routines, workout times, and workout buddies, and stick with what motivates you most.
6. Schedule a weekly trip to your local farmers market for new spring produce
Freshen up your diet by including the freshest spring fruits and veggies into your meals. Eating seasonally benefits your health, the environment, and the health of your local economy. Grab a friend and make a trip to the farmer’s market a fun weekend social event, and stock up on the freshest fruits and veggies while supporting local farmers. Here are some of the healthiest produce items you should be picking up this spring.
7. Say goodbye to the scale
Along with all the clothes and clutter you’re ditching this spring, consider throwing the scale out with the bunch. Unless you are working with a doctor or using a scale to manage a very specific health goal, weighing yourself can actually undermine your fitness goals. A number on a scale isn’t always a correct indication of your health or your fitness, as weight fluctuates quite a bit as a factor of things that have nothing to do with working out or what you eat. Most importantly, a number on a scale can have a drastic impact on how you feel about yourself. Instead of focusing on a specific number, focus instead on how you feel, your energy levels, and how your clothes fit. Give yourself love and acceptance every step of the way through your fitness journey.
8. Cross-train to bust boredom
Stuck in a fitness rut? Freshen up your routine by putting an emphasis on cross-training. Not only does this help to spice up your workout routine and effectively bust boredom, but it’s actually better for your body. You’ll be training more diverse muscle groups, challenging yourself with different levels of resistance training, and balancing out cardio (e.g. running, spin), high-intensity training (e.g. HIIT, cross-fit), and low-intensity training (e.g. yoga, pilates, barre, swimming) to achieve well-rounded fitness.
9. Ditch strict expectations, and set flexible concrete goals
Setting too strict and concrete of expectations can make you feel like you’ve failed if you don’t uphold them perfectly. Get rid of unrealistic expectations. Instead, set flexible goals that have concrete milestones, so you can celebrate your successes along the way, but also leave flexibility. This helps you to let go of feelings of guilt and shame. Remember, your fitness goals are about progress, not perfection.
10. Clean up your pre and post-workout fuel with these awesome snacks
Make sure you are fueling your body properly so you can get the most out of your workouts. Clean out your pantry of any processed food, and stock it with whole, nutritious options instead. Make sure you’re eating the right snacks before and after your workout, and include some complex carbs before and some protein after being active to help build back muscle. Here are some amazing pre and post-workout snack ideas to get you started.
Author: Maggie Harriman
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