If your New Year’s resolution has become a distant memory, why not use this natural season of new beginnings—spring—to rev things up again. Leave the ankle-deep slush and puddles of the winter melt behind you. Get up, get out and make it happen with 10 tips that will break you out of your winter stagnation.
- Get in the garden. Your landscaping will be beautiful and you’ll burn approximately 250 to 350 calories an hour. Anything that makes you sweat—mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, hauling mulch—qualifies as exercise. Rotate tasks every 20 minutes or so to give all your major muscle groups a workout and to avoid overstraining one set of muscles.
- Sign youself and the kids up for swimming lessons. Summer days at the pool or lake are going to be here soon. Get ready with this scheduled activity.
- Take a walk during your lunch hour. It will give you a chance to get away from your desk and provide that moderate exercise you keep hearing is so good for you.
- Other ideas to get moving include getting out jogging, teeing up for a round of golf, or playing a few sets of tennis. Whatever you put on hold during the long winter, take it up again.
- Start your spring activity slowly. Remember you aren’t at the same place you were before you started hibernating for the winter. Start with 10 to 15 minutes of activity every day or every other day for a week. The following week add five minutes. From there, work your way up in five-minute intervals each week until you reach a 30 to 40 minute period of activity.
- Remember your sunglasses. They help shield your eyes from the spring sun and from any cold winds that may be lingering around from the winter months.
- Spring showers can erupt at any time. But don’t let that stop you from getting outside. Put on your raingear, stash an extra pair of socks in your pocket and get out for a walk. A little water won’t hurt you.
- Vary your routine to keep things interesting and to stay motivated. If you’ve been walking for weeks, try a few nights of dancing. If you jog, try swimming or a Zumba class a few days a week.
- Remember what moving can do for you:
- improve your heart and lung function
- reduce your risk for heart disease
- help you sleep better
- boost your happiness
- aid in weight loss
- increase strength and flexibility
- improve memory and self-confidence
- Don’t let your busy life become your excuse for not taking care of yourself. Be mindful and deliberate about carving out time to move your body every day.
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