It’s not uncommon to lose momentum with your fitness goals during the cooler months. Spring is a great time to rethink your goals and refresh your fitness routine. No need to wait until the new year to start a scheduled workout plan. You can get started today with these helpful tips!
1. Create a realistic schedule
Pre-planning your workouts can motivate you to exercise and help you stay on track. Creating a schedule means your fitness will become routine, so you’ll soon find your body looks forward to each session. However, it’s very important to be realistic. Look at how many hours you currently exercise each week as a guide. Plan to increase that amount by 10-15% each month. Setting achievable targets will help you build confidence, feel good about yourself, and increase your chances of success.
2. Team up with others!
You’re far more likely to stick to your fitness routine if you do some of your workouts with a partner, friend, or family member. Having someone who relies on you will encourage both of you to stick to the program. Plus, it will make your exercise even more enjoyable – whether it’s on a zoom call or in a park.
3. Stick to a stretching routine
Stretching is extremely important to keep your body supple, strong, and free from injury. Again, it’s important to be realistic when creating a stretching routine. Set aside achievable blocks of time for a regular stretching routine – even five minutes is enough to make a difference. We recommend stretching straight after you’ve showered or exercised because your muscles are warm and more elastic.
4. Stay hydrated
As the warmer months approach, it’s important to stay hydrated, particularly as you exercise. Always have a glass or bottle of water ready to sip from during and after your workout.
5. Step off the scales
Exercise with the intention to improve and maintain your health and wellness is much more effective and gratifying than exercising to lose weight. Constantly checking your weight can often lead to stress and anxiety and may mean you give up on your fitness routine if you aren’t seeing the results you desire. If you follow the Hopewood Lifestyle approach to food and exercise, your body will find its own naturally healthy weight and you will feel and look terrific!
Once you’ve created and started your new Spring fitness routine, remember to embrace and enjoy it.