Put Some Spring into your Fitness Routine!

Put Some Spring in your Fitness Routine
Lori Withrow, B.S. Exercise Science

Spring has sprung! It’s time to throw back the curtains, open the windows, clear the
house of winter clutter, and pack away the sweatshirts in exchange for short sleeves.
It’s also a great time to clean up your fitness routine. After months of stale gym air and
temperatures to cold for outdoor exercise, our bodies and mental health are begging for
some spring! Here are few tips to get you started.!

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1. Consider throwing away worn-out workout clothes and replacing them with
breathable, wick fabrics. If you’ve been hitting the gym all winter, chances are you’re
also due for a new pair of shoes. Not only will you look great in your new gear, but you’ll
feel great too.
2. Try breaking up your routine with outdoor exercises like tennis, golf, hiking or kicking
the soccer ball around the yard with your kids. Remember, all activity counts! Plus,
varying your workouts can help improve performance and reduce risk of overuse
injuries. By doing a variety of different activities, such as running, weight training, hiking,
bootcamp classes or biking, you limit the stress on one specific muscle group because
different activities use muscles in slightly different ways.

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3. Add jumping rope to your workout and you can burn around 208 calories in just 20
minutes. Include other exercises like walking lunges, sprints, and jumping jacks, and
you’ve got yourself a circuit program you can do right in your backyard. You can also
include wrist and ankle weights to your daily routine. The resistance will help strengthen
and tone up arm and leg muscles.

4. By drinking about two liters of water a day, and 17 ounces about two hours before
activity, you can avoid muscle cramping and fatigue. If you’re headed outdoors for
activity, take water with you. Keep in mind, the more you sweat, the more fluids you
need to replace!!

5. Add positive goals to your fitness routine such as a 5k, or mini triathlon. It will make
you feel better and also give a purpose to your training other than just reaching a certain
weight or size. Another fun option is to enlist a group of friends to join your quest. Try
researching some of your local fun runs and obstacle courses (such as the warrior
dash, color run and the foam fest)that are becoming so popular these days. Having a
group of people to train with is way more fun and encouraging then going stag.

6. Remember, slow but steady wins the race. Try to get some activity at least 3-4 times
per week, but adjust your intensity based on activity you’ve had over the winter. If you
haven’t done much, it will take a few weeks to establish a good fitness base. If you’re
taking your exercise from indoor to outdoor, remember a 2 mile run on the treadmill is
going to feel different then a 2 mile run outside. Start small, and work up.

7. Keep in mind, spring training is a time for refreshing, light-hearted exercise. So relax
and enjoy your activity. Consider a sports massage to pamper yourself, while alleviating
toxins and speeding up muscle recovery. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!!

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