The temperatures are getting warmer and our days are growing longer, but it’s still hard to believe that springtime is nearing its end! While focusing on obliterating the old dust bunnies or re-organizing your sock drawer is pretty standard this time of year, it’s also important to set aside some time dedicated to assessing your health.
Start today and you'll have plenty of time to take advantage of this stunning season of new beginnings to spring clean your fitness routine. Simply going through this process will build the motivation needed to make small changes that are guaranteed to positively impact your health.
Looking for inspiration on how to get started? Read on for 10 tips you can use to start spring cleaning your fitness routine today!
1. Get Outside
Making it a priority every day to bask in the sun’s rays and breathe in fresh air cannot be underestimated. Benefits to your health include improved sleep, reduced stress, a stronger immune system and more. So, start taking advantage of the warmer days, strap on those tennis shoes and get moving outside! Your body, mind and soul will thank you.
2. Make a Schedule
Despite our best intentions, many of us end up spending the winter months in a state of hibernation and our schedules fall apart. Carve out some time before summer begins to spring clean your calendar and make fitness a priority. When you schedule it, your willpower doesn’t have to work as hard.
3. Eat More Veggies
Did you pick up any unhealthy eating habits over those long winter months? Take a peek at your current diet and see if you can find a couple of small areas you can improve on—like eating more vegetables!
4. Drink More Water
While we all know that drinking water is important for our health, we can all benefit from a friendly reminder to drink more. This spring try adding fruit to your water for a flavor boost or even start tracking your water intake, aiming for 2.7 liters per day for women and 3.7 liters for men).
5. Update Your Playlist
Music is a natural motivator and a new playlist can be a total game changer for your workouts! In need of some fresh tunes? Try searching through user playlists on Spotify to create the perfect custom playlist that works for you.
6. Assess Your Gear
Having the proper gear is important for sticking with your fitness routine. Start by making sure your footwear and clothing are still up to par. For instance, did you know that it is recommended to replace your sports bra every six to 12 months?
7. Try a New Fitness Class
Spring is the perfect time to check out what new fitness classes are being offered in your area. Take a leap outside of your comfort zone and try out something you’ve never experienced before! You might just discover your new favorite class.
8. Register for a Race
We know... running isn’t for everyone. But if you do enjoy it, consider registering for a local 5K or even a sprint triathlon. This could be the key to spring cleaning your fitness routine, especially if you can find a group to train with! Also, springtime usually provides plenty of beginner racing opportunities, so start searching now.
9. Prioritize Rest
Don’t forget about rest days! The list of health benefits behind taking rest days is a long one. Your body needs this time to build and recover from all the hard work you’ve done, so don’t overdo it. Frequently take your workouts down a notch or skip them all together. Long story short: listen to your body.
10. Get a Physical
When was the last time you scheduled a physical with your doctor? Regular checkups are essential for disease prevention, so if you haven’t already, set aside some time to get one scheduled before summer begins.
Spring is one of the best times of year to reassess and spruce up your fitness routine. We hope these tips will help you get started, making 2021 your healthiest year yet!