By Alex Kelly
It’s that time of the year again where the birds are chirping, the weather is getting warmer, and the summer beach season is approaching quickly. It’s the perfect time to reflect on your workouts and progress so far. Whether you’ve consistently exercised for years, just started recently with the new year, or struggled to find the right fitness fit, a workout “spring cleaning” might be just what you need to meet your goals or discover a program that motivates you. Below are 3 ways you can spring-start your routine.
- Incorporate a low-intensity outdoor activity
This may seem like an obvious first option because of the warmer weather, but many people underestimate the impacts of even low intensity outdoor activities such as gardening or walking. Increased activity from a high daily step count not only increases energy expenditure to encourage weight loss, but can also reduce the risk of death according to the National Institute of Health. Setting aside 30 minutes per day for these activities can add up significantly throughout the season.
- Discover a new pastime
Similar to walking and gardening, there are also various higher intensity outdoor activities that are worth exploring. Running, hiking, and cycling are fantastic options that are more mainstream but there are plenty of other unique activities such as kayaking, backpacking, and rock climbing that can be equally as effective and even more fun. Invest in an introduction and instructional lesson and you might just find a new passion in the process!
- Join a Spring Workout Challenge
It can be difficult to dive right into a new program or activity all by yourself. Luckily, there are options for spring workout challenges at local gyms. These programs seek to get you out of your fitness comfort zone with different exercise themed challenges all while getting you ready for the beach season and providing you with the support system of the other challengers. If you’re interested in learning more about the Spring Fitness Challenge being offered, please click HERE.
Spring is one of the best times to clear out the old and bring in the new. Try one of the three options above and you just might find an activity that you enjoy that keeps you motivated!
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