Awaken from your winter hibernation! Spring is just around the corner with the promise of longer daylight hours and warmer weather. That means it’s time to go outside and start exercising again. Here are some tips for getting back into the swing… of Spring!
1. Drink plenty of water. You should drink water throughout your day. Get in at least 60 ounces to keep your body hydrated and to help flush toxins out of your body. Water also helps to fill your stomach during meals which will help you eat smaller portions of food. Try drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning.
2. Watch what you eat. Avoid processed foods and snacking. Try not to dine out as often and cook healthier meals at home. Making small adjustments to your diet, like adding more fruits and vegetables, can make a big difference in your health as well. Eat three meals a day and don’t skip breakfast.
3. Exercise regularly. Make sure you are exercising regularly to burn calories. Walking or running is the easiest way to increase your fitness level and decrease your stress, especially in Spring when the weather is pleasant. At home you can try doing yoga, follow along to exercise DVDs, lift weights or invest in home exercise equipment like a treadmill. Remember to take at least five minutes to stretch your muscles before and after you work out.
4. Get enough sleep. When you sleep your body recovers from everything you did to it during the day. Although there never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish everything, do not forego sleep. Instead you should make sleep a priority and get at least seven hours rest each night. Doing so will keep you refreshed, energetic and you will be much more likely to accomplish tasks during the day.
5. Works toward a goal. It’s a good idea to start off slow in your exercise routine. You don’t need to run 5 miles every day just because the weather is clear. Set realistic goals and build up to higher levels of exercise. For example, create a plan to run a 5k in a few months and train for it. This kind of goal will help you stay on track. You may get discouraged, but persevere. You were probably less active in Winter so your body will need time to acclimate to your Spring exercise routine. It may take a few weeks, so go at a slower pace until your body adapts.