Revitalize Your Fitness Routine This Spring

The days are getting longer, the sun is coming out and temperatures are warming. Nature is starting to show just how beautiful she is. All the signs of Spring are in the air. It feels good to shake off the Winter coats, step outside and breathe. Amidst the wardrobe and lifestyle changes, you may feel inspired to breathe new life into your fitness routine.

Spring is a great time to take inventory of your current fitness routine and assess what’s working for you and what isn’t. Perhaps you haven’t committed to as many workouts as you resolved to in the new year or the winter weather kept you indoors more than you prefer. Spring weather presents you with more workout options than any other time of year. Here are some ideas to make the most of spring and revitalize your fitness routine for the season:

Incorporate Outdoor Workouts

There are a myriad of outdoor activities to participate in, from outdoor boot camps, group fitness classes, tennis, golf, hiking, cycling, and jogging. Even a leisurely, long walk is worth mentioning as a workout can simply be moving your body. Working out outdoors is a beautiful change of scenery and can improve your mood just from being outdoors in fresh air. There is also the physical health benefit of increased Vitamin D exposure as well. The longer days make it easier to fit in an early morning or evening workout.

Try Something New 

Attend a new group fitness class you haven’t tried before, enlist a trainer at your local gym to motivate and support your fresh start, or sign up for lessons to learn a new sport. You will learn new skills, challenge your body in different ways, and gain confidence. Nothing changes until you do. The two most powerful ways we can physically re-start our body is to re-examine and modify how we move and what we eat.

Schedule Your Workouts

Be realistic about your schedule and start with a plan you can commit to. Enlist a workout buddy to try a fitness class with you. Plan ahead by scheduling your workouts and commit to the time and day. Our minds are easily swayed to sleep in, brunch, or simply skip a workout. A reward system can help to, if you commit to your weekly workout schedule, treat yourself. Setting and scheduling attainable goals can help you achieve success. This in turn builds confidence and improves mental health.

Prioritize Post-Workout Recovery

Sometimes if we go too fast and too hard we are left crippled for days and unable to work out for the rest of the week. Ease into your workout, if it’s been a minute, and be sure to prioritize post-workout recovery. Even ten minutes of gentle stretching after a workout can help our body look and feel better. In addition, our energy will be optimized in a more controlled, calm way. In addition, refuel your body with nutrient rich foods and beverages to promote recovery and optimize performance. Be sure to incorporate hydrating fruits and vegetables like pineapple and cucumbers, and protein like eggs and yogurt, into your post-workout routine. This will help support muscle repair and replenish energy stores.

Try any or all of these tips to maximize your springtime workouts and achieve your health and wellness goals!