In Part 1 of how to get your body ready for Spring I started to look at long term strategies for getting back into your workout routine. Here, in Part 2, are more ideas to help you to prepare for the new season:
Get Back Outdoors
The warmer weather and longer days coax us outside to do things we haven’t needed to do for a while like gardening, painting the house or cleaning the patio, and it’s worth taking some time to prepare your body. Here are 2 of my favourite workouts which help:
- Strengthening and stretching the core.
- Workouts which use a circuit training format combining both strength and cardio to give you more ‘bang for your buck’ in the time you have available to exercise.
Get Back to your Cardio Workouts
Cardio is essential for losing body fat and getting your heart and lungs ready for springtime activities. If it’s been a while since you’ve done any cardio, be sure to:
- Gradually build up your workouts. It’s best to slowly add time to your workouts each week to give your body time to adjust to exercise. Start with 15 or 20 minutes, or whatever you can do, and add a few minutes for each workout.
- Focus on time rather than intensity. When you’re getting back to workouts, focus more on accumulating time. Once you can work continuously for 30 or more minutes, then play around with your speed, resistance and/or incline to add intensity.
Work on Your Flexibility and Core Strength
One thing we often do more of in winter is sitting, and this leads to tight muscles. Doing strength and cardio workouts gets you moving again, but don’t forget to do some stretching to relieve tightness, and promote a full range of motion.
You also need to make sure that your core is strong because many outdoor activities, and indoor for that matter, require strength in the abs and back, and sitting for longer periods during the winter may mean a loss of strength in those areas.
So, make the most of the warmer weather and longer days; work on your fitness and spring into the new season with energy, vitality, and confidence!