Spring into your Workout Routine
The cold weather is fading and spring is here - the time of year where days are longer, and the sun is inviting everyone to come out and enjoy the warmer weather. You may have been hibernating at home to combat the cold, but now swimsuit weather is coming up fast. Are you in shape?
It’s time to ease back into your outdoor workout routine, so you can enjoy the springtime and get ready for “shorts and t-shirts” weather. Here’s a list of tips on how to spring into a healthy and safe workout routine.
Set Realistic Goals and Start Slowly
Like many, you’ve probably spent the winter indoors and may have been a bit of a couch potato. It’s going to take time to get your body used to a workout routine. Instead of setting a goal of running 10 miles a day at the outset, get your body warmed up by walking at first.
Fitness walking is an aerobic workout which improves your cardiovascular health and endurance. It’s easy on the body and carries a low risk for injury. You’ll strengthen and tone your leg and torso muscles and get your body ready for more intense workouts.
Ease into your walking routine by walking 10 minutes everyday or every other day. Slowly increase your walking time by five minutes each week until you level out at walking briskly for 30 to 60 minutes three to five days a week. Stick with your walking routine to help prepare you for your more rigorous spring and summer activities like running, swimming, golf and tennis.
Find the Workout That Works Best for You
When you’re getting back to a workout routine, it’s important to find the workout that works best for you. Much of your decision will rest on your individual goals and abilities and how much time you have to devote to your fitness routine. If you want to burn fat and shed pounds, full-body workouts will help get you there. Full-body workouts can also mean you’ll need to spend fewer days in the gym. If you want to build muscle, you may want to concentrate on one body part at a time.
If spending days in the gym on machines doesn’t appeal to you, find classes that will help you meet your fitness goals. There’s a wide variety of different exercise classes you can try like spin, dance, yoga, and Pilates, just to name a few.
Find a Workout Partner
You’re more likely to stay committed to your new spring workout routine for the long term if you find a workout partner to exercise with. Choose a person who has similar goals and a schedule that fits with yours. Make a set schedule for meeting and stick with it.
Remember to Stay Properly Hydrated and to Eat Healthy Before and After Your Workout
Make sure you drink enough water, especially after a vigorous workout. Eat healthy, so you don’t undo all your workout efforts. If weight loss is your goal, proper nutrition with a focus on shedding pounds should be an important part of your diet. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded during or after your workout, you’re either dehydrated or not eating enough prior to your workout. Be sure to eat enough and drink enough water to safely fuel your workout.
Book a Physical Exam with Your Doctor
It’s recommended you see your doctor before you start any new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised during the winter. Contact us today for a consultation at New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation to get started on the road to fitness. Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call 718.301.5955 to learn more.