Spring is here & the days are getting warmer & longer - it's time to spring clean your routine!
Let's start with the fun stuff - purge old workout gear. Socks wear thin, sports bras lose support & waistbands stretch out. Toss exercise clothing that is worn out & donate what you don’t wear. Runners last for about 500 to 600 km of activity. Get fitted for a new pair & donate the old ones if they still have some life left in them.
Simplify your diet - now is the time to take advantage of spring's fresh produce. Concentrate on lighter foods & fewer ingredients. Skip the packaged products & reach for fruits of the season, such as strawberries & raspberries. Incorporate nutrient-rich asparagus, pea pods & crisp greens into your meals.
Add a meditative workout to your week - Head out on a hike or stretch at a place in the park with the best views. Take in your surroundings & be grateful for the gift of exercise and health.
Invite a friend - expand your support network. Start a exercising with a friend a few times a week. It's a great excuse for a healthy catch-up (& perhaps a post-workout coffee).
Set a goal for summer - Think about where you would like to be with your health & fitness in 3 months time & work towards that goal. Maybe you want to walk or run 5K, perhaps you want to up the amount of sessions you attend, or maybe you want to aim for a certain number of push-ups you can accomplish in one set. Whatever the goal, make sure it spells S-U-C-C-E-S-S.
Throw out a bad habit - Maybe you can’t resist the candy dish after a stressful morning meeting, you skip stretching after workouts, or you indulge in a few more specialty coffees each week than you should. Even with all the positive changes you have made, there is likely one bad habit that sticks around. Now is the time to kick it to the curb.
Try a new exercise - Your body needs new challenges to stay fit, so it’s important to change up your workout routine every now & then. Maybe it's time to try lifting some weights, perhaps you could learn to run, or you could finally try that Yoga class your been thinking about.
Get a check up - If you are overdue, spring is the perfect time to make an appointment with your doctor to assess your overall health status, or to see your Physio about that niggling knee. Let's get that body in tip top condition for Summer!