The signs of Spring are beginning to appear, and in just a few more weeks, we’ll welcome a new season in bloom. It’s natural to hibernate in Winter, and if you did just that, you may be wondering how to get back into a regular fitness routine, or simply get moving enough to enjoy the beauty of our community's great outdoors.
There’s good news for those of us who’ve been “taking a winter break.” Getting moving is simpler than you might think, and doesn’t require that you join an expensive gym, begin subsisting on water and carrots, or give up your weekend down time. We know we’re not your doctor or Jane Fonda, so we absolutely recommend that you consult your doctor before you begin any new physical regime of any kind. Once you’ve gotten the green light to go for your fitness goals, we encourage you to try these simple tips, and see how great you feel just in time to meet Spring 2014 head on!
- Start small. Even ten minutes a day of walking or simple movement can go a long way. You don’t have to begin by running a marathon. Look realistically at your schedule and your life, and start with a basic weekly routine that truly will motivate you, without leaving you exhausted, injured or, worse, feeling like a failure.
- Focus on improving overall health, first. Looking great in a bathing suit isn’t everything, and in fact, there are lots of people who look great, but may not feel so great on the inside. Instead of focusing on outer appearances, put your attention on improving your health as a whole. How can you make small changes to your nutrition, exercise, sleep and social patterns to improve you energy and have you feeling great, inside and out?
- Buddy up! Invite a pal or family member to join you on your get fit journey, and enjoy the benefits of strength in numbers. Having a pal to encourage you when you’re getting off track, or to keep you accountable when you want to give up keeps your momentum going. And, it makes for more fun along the way. Set goals together and as individuals and promise to support and offer tough love when needed.
- Set long-term and short-term goals to track your progress. It’s important to create milestones to mark your progress along your way. Start by setting one long term goal that is both achievable and challenging. Set smaller goals that filter directly into your long term goal to keep you on track and in check, as you work toward your finish line. Here’s an example: Want to run a 5k by the end of the year? Set goals to start walking, increase to walk/run, increase to running a mile, etc. until you’ve reached your target goal.
- Build in rewards, rest days and time for simple self-appreciation. When we’re working hard, it’s important to remember to put acknowledgement and recognition into our program. Plan for rest days, each week, and use these days to recover, rejuvenate and do things that simply nourish you. Make a list of rewards or incentives to support your progress, attaching them to your achieved goals. Finally, take time, as you move along, to acknowledge yourself for your commitment and hard work. You deserve it!
Best of luck on your Get Fit Journey! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish!