Use spring to get back in shape

Published 8:37 am Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring is here and we have had some warm days but it’s gone back to cooler temperatures.

However the days are getting longer and it won’t be long and we will be putting the coats and boots away while slipping on flip flops.

Have you started to think or thought about spring cleaning? What about cleaning or straightening up your fitness and health?

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Spring health starts with scheduling a physical. Did you know that only 20 percent of Americans get an annual check-up?

You may look and feel just fine, but it’s important to keep tabs on things like blood pressure, cholesterol or any vitamin deficiencies that you may have. What about your hydration? Especially so when the temperature starts to rise, it is very important to avoid muscle cramping and fatigue. The more you sweat the more fluids you will need to replace.

Take a break from the scale because muscle weighs more than fat. Instead use a tape measure and measure yourself every two weeks to see the inches you are trimming off.

With spring comes the farmer’s market with the opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

Spring fitness is a time for you to re-evaluate your fitness program. Set a new schedule for outdoor exercise into your routine and to be realistic. Get sporty with your fitness with tennis, golf, disc golf and outdoor volleyball. You don’t have to be athletic to play.

Partner up with someone you know who will help you stick to your fitness plan. It is important that you have similar goal and schedule so that you can get together two to four days a week.

Adding some races to your routine will give your workout purpose, look for local races — a 5K is perfect for the beginners. It’s a great way to be a part of fitness in your community or surrounding area.

Don’t forget to take care of your hard-working body with a massage; it is a nice way to pamper yourself, alleviate toxins and get recovery for your body.

Yoga and Pilates is a great way to add stretch and flexibility to your routine. Spring is an opportunity to start new just like the season.

Spring into health and fitness.