IF THE THOUGHT OF SWIMSUITS AND WARM WEATHER HAS YOU BUGGING OUT, RELAX AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH. THEN, TRY ONE OF THESE QUICK TIPS FOR SPRUCING UP YOUR COMMITMENT TO GET FIT (OR FITTER) THIS SPRING.
LOCATE YOUR MOTIVATION.
Do you love watching the sunrise? Does walking around dusk make you feel good? Or are you a lunch-time workout warrior? Don’t force yourself to adopt a certain time to work out – go with your gut and your preference. Sure, morning people can morph into night owls and vice versa,
but if you want to save yourself a bit of misery, find the time that works best for you, and then stay committed to it.
CLEAN IT UP.
It’s that time of year again when many of us feel a deep-seated need to clean our homes from top to bottom and everything in between. So, use the labor in your quest to get fit. Make doing chores a game and compete with yourself to see how fast you can complete a job. Work up a sweat. Incorporate squats and lunges as you clean. Finish a task and then do 10 push-ups or a set of jumping jacks. Just move while you clean. You’ll burn calories and have a sparkling abode
before you know it.
USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM.
Surely, someone in your stratosphere is interested in getting fit, too. Make a commitment to one another to join a class or take regular walks or runs. Working out with others is always more fun and you get the bonus of holding one another accountable, too.
Seeking a reason to overhaul your diet? Incorporate frequenting your local farmers markets into your weekly routine. The big, beautiful bounty farmers sell at the markets make eating healthier a treat. If you’re unsure how to use or cook a particular item, just ask. It’s a rare farmer who won’t give you his or her best tips.
SET A GOAL. AND A BIG ONE.
What if you committed to getting fit over the next 12 – yes 12 – full months? How different would your life be than it is today? Want to, say, run the Derby Festival miniMarathon in 2020 but haven’t even incorporated regular exercise into your life? No worries. Set small goals. Reward yourself when you make progress. Then, get back at it again. In one year, you could be looking in the mirror at a whole new you on the inside and out.