5 Tips to Spring Cleaning Your Workout for Summer
Committing to a workout routine can help you get in bathing-suit shape for summer! As you know, exercise can become boring and leave you feeling unmotivated if you don’t find new ways to keep it interesting. Fortunately, the spring season opens up a variety of fresh opportunities to take your workout to the next level. Follow these 5 tips to overhaul your everyday exercise habits.
Take your workout outdoors
If you’re tired of the treadmill or elliptical, go for a walk with a friend instead. For core-strengthening exercises, head to your neighborhood park and take along an exercise mat or ball to do lunges, leg lifts, and planks on an open lawn or other grassy area. You can also join our outdoor boot camp: our newest high-level, small group training program where participants achieve unparalleled mental, emotional and physical wellness. The program is designed with a high performance athlete in mind, but everyone can benefit from the workouts! You’ll enjoy the classes despite the intensity of the workouts and get to enjoy the pretty spring weather!
Change up your pre- and post-workout snacks
Farmer’s markets brim with seasonal produce, like berries, spinach, arugula, ramps, asparagus, and fresh herbs such as parsley and mint. Savor the season by whipping up a delicious smoothie, using spring fruits or vegetables to enjoy before or after your workout. Combine fresh berries, a banana, nonfat Greek yogurt, fat-free milk, vanilla extract, and your choice of a sugar substitute in a blender, and you have yourself an invigorating pre- or post-workout drink! Check out our Fuel Bar for more seasonal healthy options!
Try a new sport
If you’re feeling a little uninspired with your workout routine, consider a new sport or group class. Need a suggestion? Try HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training combines the principles of a traditional workout routine, including cardiovascular and core-strengthening exercise, in interesting, and challenging ways. Check out a full list of class times here!
Join a charity walk or local fitness event
Besides being a great way to get in shape and give back, joining a charity walk or race is also a good opportunity to set new fitness goals for the season. Sign up for one or more noncompetitive events planned in your area. Training for a long distance walk or run can motivate you to stick to your workout schedule!
Just as you don’t want your meals to become boring, you don’t want to fall into the trap of letting your exercise routine become boring. To stay motivated, create an exercise inspiration board where you pin before photos of yourself, pictures of clothing you would like to wear once you reach your goal weight, and motivational quotes and images.