I’m blessed to live down here in Florida where we really don’t have much of a cold, winter season.
I was able to get out for a walk on the beach or a run around the neighborhood with nothing more than a light jacket.
I know that’s not the case for most of you.
Now that it’s March, and spring is less than two weeks away, I’m sure you’re ready to shed the layers and get moving outside again.
But, if winter’s arctic temps have kept you inside and inactive for a few months, you don’t want to rush back into a fitness routine.
Going hard too quickly is a surefire way to burn out or get hurt.
Instead, you want to ease into physical activity, with a plan in hand.
Think about ways you can be active every day and write them down.
Now, this doesn’t have to mean going for a swim or hitting the gym each day.
Taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, or going for a walk around the neighborhood after dinner, are great ways to start.
The goal is to write down your planned activity for the day, and then see it through.
Think you might have difficulty with the actual follow through?
Enlist a friend or exercise buddy to keep you on track.
A workout buddy can help hold you accountable.
After all, if you make a plan and someone else is relying on you to show up, you’re less likely to ditch your exercise plans.
Plus, working out with someone can be fun.
And the more fun you’re having, the more likely it is you’ll stick with it.
Now, as you increase your activity, you want to make sure you’re nourishing your body with wholesome, real food.
That means limiting over-processed foods and sugary snacks, and focusing on a diet rich in lean protein, fresh fruits and veggies, and healthy fats.
And, don’t forget to hydrate your body with plenty of water.
Too little water can lead to muscle cramps and fatigue.
But proper hydration will boost your energy levels and refuel your body for your next workout.
And, speaking of energy levels, you must make sure you’re getting enough shuteye each night.
Restful sleep allows your body to recharge each night, so you have the energy to handle the activities for the next day.
Without good sleep, you’re more likely to hit the snooze button than get out of bed and get moving.
And if you attempt to exercise when you’re tired, you’re less focused, putting you at risk for injury.
Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night to ensure you have the energy and stamina to get you through the day.
Daylight savings time begins tomorrow.
What better time to start increasing your activity than with an extra hour of daylight?
Don’t waste it. Head outside, soak up the sun, and move.