It is not officially spring yet, but depending on where you live it is definitely in the air in some places. But even if you are still dealing with the last remnants of winter, its time to start thinking about the warmer months soon coming. Following are 5 spring fitness tips to get you started.
The first tip is to invest in some good footwear. Don’t skimp on quality just to save a few bucks. You could end up injuring yourself if you don’t wear the right kind of footwear.
You can find virtually every category of footwear available, from basketball to running. It’s important to choose a shoe that fits your workout. A shoe made for basketball will be much different than one that is made for running. Even shoes made for walking are different than those made for running.
The second tip is to start an exercise routine slowly, especially if you have been spending most of the winter months being inactive. If you jump too quickly into something, you risk injury and quickly becoming unmotivated.
The third tip is to remember that yard work during the spring—cleaning up, weeding, mowing, planting—can burn calories. Think of ways you can keep active outdoors even without a formal exercise plan.
The fourth spring fitness tip is to expect your body, which may have been lying dormant all winter long, to experience some aches and pains. Your muscles may not be used to being stretched and used. But don’t give up.
They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. If you can stick with an exercise routine for that long, you will find it easier to continue. And eventually your body will adjust.
The last tip is to enlist a workout buddy. Whether you plan on walking, joining a gym or even working out in your home, it is usually much more enjoyable when done with someone else. It can also help hold you accountable.
Spring is nearly here so get your fitness on!
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