As we all collectively continue to despise the furry, little groundhog that decided winter is going to stick around for the next two weeks – it’s a perfect time to get a head start on the dreaded spring cleaning.
Usually, cleaning wouldn’t warrant any response besides a disappointing groan, but something about pushing your sweaters to the back of your closet, donating the long sleeve shirts you’ve shrunk too much and breaking out the flips flops makes me grin from ear to ear.
Don’t stop at your closet though – revamp your workout too! With warm weather on the way, it’s time to ditch what hasn’t worked, kick it into high gear and get ready to shed the layers (and pounds)!
Try these six tips to revamp your workout for spring:
Out with the old and in with the new, that’s what spring cleaning’s all about, right? This doesn’t just go for cute boots that were ruined in the snowpocalypse. If your workout program hasn’t shown results as promised, kick it to the curb.
It’s crunch time to get that summer bod and there’s no room for games. Find a new routine that challenges your muscles, pushes your body and helps you make progress toward your goal. Just because interval workouts work for some people doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. Cut your losses. You gave it an honest effort, but it’s time to move on to a workout plan tailored to your body!
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So you listened to my first tip and ditched your result-less winter workout program? Fantastic. Now you’re probably feeling scared, confused and a bit lost in terms of where you stand with your next workout. Let’s fix that – try a personal training session.
I’m not saying you should sign up for your own personal trainer because that can be costly – and speaking as a post-grad, who has money for that? However, many gyms offer 30 minute trials with personal trainers to show you the ropes.
Trainers will introduce you to machines, show you how they work and give you tips on how frequently to use them. Instead of ping-ponging to whatever machine your free-spirited heart desires, have you tried focusing on muscle groups (like arms, back or shoulders) a day at a time? A personal training session can be a great starting point to kick off your new workout routine.
Group classes can be intimidating the first time around, trust me, I’ve been there. I’ll clue you in on a little secret though – unless you’re Taylor Swift, people probably couldn’t care less that you’re there. Everyone is there for the same reason -- to get a good workout!
Boxing, kickboxing, Soulcycle, CrossFit, and barre classes are all excellent choices that could help you blast through that post-winter plateau and give you added motivation.
Another member at my boxing gym said it best when he explained to our trainer how he loves lifting on his own, but sometimes he just doesn’t want to think. It’s great to show up, throw on some gloves and be told exactly what to do while you sweat your ass off.
If you’re among the wimpy population with me, you’ve spent your winter logging miles equivalent to a hamster (minus the wheel, of course) – running on a treadmill.
Being cooped up for so many months, you often forget the therapeutic and physical benefits of running outside. You can crank up the incline on a treadmill, but it’s hard to simulate all those steep hills in your neighborhood.
Regardless if you’re a cold weather hater or not, we can all agree that there is nothing like a run outside on a beautiful spring day. Lace up your running shoes, leave your phone at home and go for a run to clear your mind.
Are you a cardio queen or lifting machine? I know, with those names, I’d pick neither too, but you get the point. If you’ve been limiting yourself, it’s time to break out of that shell and try something new!
I’m not saying go all out, but incorporate some light lifting or cardio into your normal routine and see what happens.
If you’ve stayed true to your New Year’s resolution – because I hear everyone’s great at keeping those – then it’s time for a new goal! Pat yourself on the back for a job well done and start thinking about your next goal.
Wait, you’re saying you haven’t even started your resolution? If you’re a tad behind – it happens to the best of us – then maybe a more realistic goal is in order. If you’re training for a half marathon, sign up for a shorter distance race before then. Work up to a smaller goal and you won’t be overwhelmed with the daunting mega-goal.
Spring is here so use these tips to revamp your workout -- but maybe wait for the snow to melt before you go for that outdoor run. Happy spring cleaning!