The cold winter weather is almost behind us and spring is on the way! We know that it’s only natural to huddle inside during the winter months and that it’s tempting to skip workouts and overindulge in comfort food when it’s cold and dark outside. That’s okay! But now that spring is around the corner, it’s time to get back into a spring exercise program!
Here are some tips that will help you!
Try Something New
The spring is a great time to try new exercises. You don’t need to immediately jump back into the same routine that you had before. Change up the exercises, or try a whole new routine this spring. Some exciting changes to your workout can energize you and give you the motivation you need to keep going.
Come Up With Some Motivation
Speaking of motivation, it can be tough going back to a regular exercise routine if you’ve had some time off, so it’s a good idea to come up with some kind motivation that will keep you pushing forward. Sometimes this can come from working out with a friend or personal trainer. Having someone by your side to keep you company and push you a little bit is always great motivation. Plus, they’ll be there to hold you accountable!
If you’ve taken a long break for the winter, don’t expect to jump back in right where you left off. Going at the same intensity that you used to can lead to injury. Start slow with just a few exercises and work up the intensity and duration as you go.
Some Tips to Avoid Injury
If you’ve been away from regular exercise for a while, there’s a chance that you could injure yourself when you start back up. Here are a few tips to avoid injury:
- As mentioned, start slow. Work up to the intensity that you’re used to and don’t overdo it
- If you experience muscle soreness, which is common if you try to do too much too fast, take a rest. Apply ice and compression as needed and elevate the injured area if possible. If muscle pain persists for more than a couple of weeks, or if it gets worse, you may want to speak to a doctor.
- Using proper equipment is also important, and this includes your shoes. If you’ve taken a long break from exercising, make sure that your footwear is still suitable for exercise. Shoes should have appropriate tread and provide the right support and comfort for your foot. If they’re wore down or damaged, consider replacing them.