The springtime signifies warmer, longer days and the desire to want to get out and enjoy the change of seasons. If you are like most adults, you spent the winter months in seclusion while living a mostly sedentary life. With the cold weather officially behind you, now is the chance to get out of that wintertime rut by finding some fun and creative ways to get healthy and active. Here are a few ways you and your body can get the most out of this spring!
Switch up your routine
Whether you exercised at the gym or not at all over the winter, use the upcoming warm weather to try something new! Many people grow bored with their fitness routine which is not only bad for their muscles, it makes it hard to have the motivation to continue to workout. Stay ahead of the curve by frequently switching your routine.
One great way to stay on top of your fitness goals is to play with your kids! Kids have a ton of energy and a few rounds of hide-and-seek or frisbee is a creative way to burn some calories all while spending some quality time! If there are a lot of kids in your neighborhood, round them up for a friendly game of flag football in a nearby park. Playing with kids is also a tremendous stress reliever because their carefree nature is contagious!
Group fitness is also a fun way to switch up an otherwise mundane routine. Grab a few of your pals and take a kickboxing class together or register to walk in your city's next 5k. Not only will you be staying active, you will also have the chance to catch up with each other! Get your partner involved in your fitness efforts by taking a couples dance class or learning how to rock climb together. As long as you consistently change your routine, you will never get bored!
Eat a healthy diet
A well-balanced diet is the secret behind getting past many health issues such as chronic pain, depression and drug addiction. As the saying goes, you are what you eat, so it’s important that you fill your body with only the best. Not only will a healthy diet get you the body you want, it helps your mental health! Making the decision to eat food that is good for you will boost your self confidence and allow you to feel in control of your body. Healthy foods also keep your brain sharp by warding off cognitive decline and improving your memory, which is beneficial as you grow older. A good diet consists of lots of water, vegetables, fatty oils such as olive oil, foods that are high in protein like beans and lean meat and fruit. Limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol, overly processed foods and refined sugars. Foods that are high in sugar provide a short burst of energy that ends in a crash shortly after that leaves you feeling fatigued. A diet rich in whole foods will increase your energy levels at all times, without the risk of fatigue. The more you feed your body good things, the better it will respond! Make the effort to eat healthy along with your fitness routine to maximize your results physically and mentally.
Now that the springtime is here, there is no excuse to remain sedentary! Make the most out of these warm months by staying active and eating a healthy diet. It’s a guarantee that your future self will thank you for all the efforts you put in starting today!