It's that time of the year again! The snow has melted, the sun is shining (and hopefully it stays that way), and those comfy thick sweater are going into storage. Yes, Spring is finally here which means its spring cleaning time. Spring cleaning is not only the ideal time to clean your home and closets, it's also an opportunity to clean up your health and fitness.
Here's a few ideas on how to spring clean your health and fitness:
1. Book a Physical
It's important to ensure you're healthy, even if you feel and look healthy. A physical will allow you to know your cholesterol, blood pressure, and if you have any vitamin deficiencies. All of these not only affect your overall health but also influence the effectiveness of your workouts.
2. Clean out your pantry
Time to get rid of all the junk food: cookies, chips, sugary cereals, etc. As well as those things that have low nutritional value like white bread. It might be hard to let go but they're weighing you down and will not allow you to achieve your fitness goals.
3. Update your workout wardrobe
Nothing gets you more motivated to workout than new workout clothes. Get rid of worn out workout clothes and replace them with some new ones. Opt for breathable wick fabrics and motivational shirts.
4. Give your playlist a makeover
If you find yourself shuffling your workout playlist and skipping through a lot of the songs, it's time to update your playlist with some new tunes. Pick songs that get you moving and zoned in to your workout.
5. Veggie shopping spree
Hit up your local farmers market for some fresh fruits and veggies while at the same time absorbing some vitamin D. Some farmer's markets also have goodies such as dried fruits and nuts.
6. Sign up for a race
A race will surely get you motivated to get in shape and stay on track. It helps you set a goal and another purpose as to why your're working out. There are millions of races from low intensity to high intensity, search for one near you.
7. Find a partner in crime
You're more likely to stick to both your workouts and healthy meals if you have someone to keep you accountable. Pick someone who has similar goals and similar schedules. Signing up for that race together will keep you both motivated.
8. Hop off the scale
The scale is not the only way to measure you results and may actually make you think you've gained weight. And yes based on the scale you have gained weight but it may be muscle that you have gained. So instead of obsessing over the number on the scale, grab a measuring tape and measure your waist, arms, and other target areas.
9. Reward Yourself
Take care of yourself and reward yourself for all the hard work you put in towards your health and fitness. A sports massage or a cryotherapy session is the perfect way to treat yourself as well as help speed up the muscle recovery process.
Make the best out Spring and start crushing new goals!