The cold weather and shorter days often lead to less workouts and more consumption – Netflix & snacking. As the days start getting longer and the weather heats up it’s time to shed those layers and spring back into your fitness routine. But first a little spring cleaning may be needed. The key to getting in shape for the warmer months (and staying that way) is to keep it simple. Here are my tips to help clean up your fitness routine.
Clean out the pantry
Rid the cupboards of the food low in nutritional value. The chocolates from Valentine’s Day, the seasonal cookies or even the leftover snack size candies from Halloween.
Get the good stuff
Focus on eating whole foods with high nutritional value. The weather lends itself to farmer’s markets so seasonal fruits and vegetables will begin to appear. Since I’m sure we’ve had our fill of squash, try something new! Take advantage of all the fresh artichokes, asparagus, beets, arugula, spinach, strawberries and pineapple.
Set specific goals so that you know what it is that you are trying to achieve. Understand them, know the “why” and share them on social media or with a friend!
Pencil it in
Commit to a weekly schedule based on a plan with respect to the goal that you set. Calendar invites are a great way to hold yourself accountable or simply make time for yourself daily. A workout does not have to be hard to be effective. 5 minutes of you dancing to your favorite song when you wake up or taking a 10-minute walk during your lunch break are all steps in the right direction.
Build a support group. The number one reason for quitting is a lack of support. Finding a friend, a social support group (the Peloton community!) or workout partner will add an extra layer of accountability and it will also increase your willingness to try new workouts. Always wanted to box but feel out of place in the ring? Want to incorporate strength training but feel intimidated in the weight room? There’s strength in numbers! Train with a friend and make it fun while you complete a tough workout. A friend can also help motivate you when you feel like giving up.
Take another look at the program you are following to make sure it is updated to meet your current goals and most of all designed for you. We are all different in our levels of expertise and in how our body responds to different foods. Sometimes it may be difficult to set a clear goal when we are constantly receiving conflicting messages about the best way to train or eat. There’s a lot of information out there that can be helpful but not every method works for every person. One size does not fit all. Work on developing a fitness or nutritional plan based on you and your goals. Update them periodically as needed in order to help motivate you to spring into action!
Treat yourself to new gear. A new pair of training shoes or sports bra is something that gets you financially invested. Getting to the gym in new gear can change your attitude about yourself and about your workouts.
Move to new music
Let music motivate you! Check out my “Spring Fix” playlist to inspire your workouts. Listening to the same playlist over and over again can feel like Groundhog Day so upgrade your sweat sessions with brand new tracks.