Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kick Start Your Spring Fitness Routine

Long winter days are fading into warmer weather, which may mean there's an end in sight for your spring fever. Perhaps you're ready to get outside and stretch your legs, hoping to lose some of your winter weight. Before you dust off your running shoes, read some of these helpful hints to ease back into a fitness routine.
  1. Slow and steady wins the race. If you've had a sedentary winter, try walking a few times a week before gradually adding more activity. By slowly adding intensity to your workouts, you'll help to avoid injuries.
  2. Two is better than one. Find a partner you can work out with each day. Whether it's your best friend, next door neighbor or your dog, having someone to exercise with holds you accountable to yourself and to your partner.
  3. Keep a journal. Start writing down your workout activities. You might include the day of the week you worked out, amount of time you exercised, the activity you took part in and how you were feeling that day. This allows you to go back to see what activities worked best for you and also helps you track your progress.
  4. Have fun! Be sure to integrate activities that you enjoy such as biking, hiking or swimming. This will help ensure you keep on the workout track without getting bored with your routine.
Be sure to see your physician before starting any new workout routine. To find a primary care physician, visit or call 443-849-GBMC (4262).

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