Spring Forward to Action! – The Method

On Saturday, I asked you to think about your goals and your goal planning so you can build your Action Plan for the Spring Forward 30 Day challenge. Today I want you to consider your method. I will be posting workouts for the month of April, one every day. The workouts will be Cardio, Strength Training and Flexibility. Each workout will be designed around a 30 minute time-frame.

If you prefer to only do cardio, then you can choose to follow the cardio workout portions or do your own. Remember, the point of the action challenge is to get you up and moving. You can do what I post or you can do your own thing. You just have to meet your own goals and time frames.

Here are some methods you might utilize:


  • Outdoor Walking
  • Outdoor Jogging
  • Treadmill
  • Bicycling
  • Stationary Bike
  • Dancing
  • Aerobics
  • Roller Blading
  • Roller Skating

Strength Training:

  • Free Weights
  • Household Weights
  • Machine Weights
  • Yoga


  • Deep Stretches
  • Yoga

It’s important to remember that no matter what methods you try individually or in combination, you’ll need to warm-up so plan for about 10 minutes prior to every workout and five minutes after for proper cool-down. These warm-ups and cool-downs are mandatory. They will help you prevent injury and soreness.

As you plan your method, choose your time of day that you want to workout. The time of day should be as regular as you can make it. If you are going to work out every morning, then plan for morning workouts – the same goes for afternoon and evening. Hang in there, two more components to talk about tomorrow including your accountability and your dates.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.