Spring is a wonderful time of year. It’s when many of us find renewed motivation to clean and make lifestyle changes. The sunshine, warmer temperatures, and fresh air call us to the great outdoors and there’s a new sense of life in the air. Why not take advantage of the springtime high and integrate some new fitness resolutions into your schedule?
Since many of us are already thinking about getting into shape for the summer, what better time is there to start a fitness routine? Check out some of the things you could work into your daily routine without needing to commit hours to a gym each week.
Walk More Often
This is probably the easiest thing on the list. Walking is a fantastic way to improve your fitness. Take as many opportunities as you can to get out and walk. Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy a walk through the park or your neighborhood while enjoying the flowers blooming and the birds chirping.
“Walking is a super simple way to start improving your fitness,” Jeff Goodwin, Sr. Director, Performance Marketing and E-Commerce of Orgain. “Park further away at the store, take a walk during your lunch breaks, or make plans with a friend to go walk a park after work. Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy nature on walks before the summer heat takes hold.”
Take a Hike
Hiking is a wonderful way to explore the great outdoors and take advantage of the beautiful spring weather all at the same time. What better time is there to explore your local hiking locations than the spring?
“Hiking is a fantastic way to jump into a new fitness routine,” says Alex Carroll, Founder of Caliber Games. “Find a group of friends and plan out some hikes. Obviously, this is a weather-dependent activity so spring showers may hinder some plans, but if you set a schedule ahead of time and know you’ll be joined by some of your favorite people, this is a fitness routine that you’ll end up looking forward to even if you only have a chance to hike every other weekend.”
A lot of people think that working out is a time-consuming activity. While some people choose to spend hours per week at the gym, you don’t have to go this route. Instead, look into some quick workouts you can do from home.
“There are so many fitness videos and workout plans that you can find on the internet to fit your schedule,” says Ryan Rottman, Co-Founder and CEO of OSDB. “Maybe you need something you can fit into your morning before you even take a shower – there are tons of options for workouts that take less than 30 minutes but can still produce great results when done consistently.”
Yoga and Stretching
Staying fit doesn’t mean you can only focus on strength training and cardio. Yoga and stretching routines can help you maintain a healthy routine and provide a way to decompress and relax at the same time.
“Yoga is a fantastic way to integrate fitness into your daily routines,” says Tyler Read, Founder and Senior Editor of Personal Trainer Pioneer. “There are so many online options or you can do this independently. Stretching and focusing on your body’s ability to move and support itself is something that you can’t forget about as you work toward fitness goals.”
Now that the weather is nice, it’s a great time to look into swimming as a fitness option. Even if you can’t find an outdoor pool this early in the season, an indoor location can still provide a great opportunity to exercise in a refreshing pool.
“As temperatures start to rise, swimming becomes more and more of a favored activity,” says Caleb Ulffers, CEO of Haven Athletic. “Swimming is also a fantastic workout. It helps you burn fat and build muscles in so many different areas in a relatively short span of time.”
Bike When You Can
Riding a bike is another great option to explore in the spring months. While the weather isn’t sweltering and everything feels fresh and new you can enjoy local trails and routes by bike. Check out your local area to see what options you have for biking. Sometimes you can even bike to work or the store!
“Biking is a fantastic way to work out and it’s something the entire family can enjoy,” says Natália Sadowski, Director of Aesthetics at Nourishing Biologicals. “You can also meet up with friends to explore biking areas if there isn’t a great place in your immediate area. State and local parks are often fantastic places to explore on your bike while getting into shape and working on your fitness as well.”
There are a bunch of different ways you can spring into a new season with fitness resolutions. A lot of these options simply help you get outdoors and explore what’s already around you. Take the time to hike, bike, or even walk around your local area. This can be in your neighborhood or you can adventure out into the local parks and natural locations that can be explored in the springtime.
Being intentional about your workouts is a big part of sticking to fitness resolutions. That’s why quick workouts are a fantastic addition to your daily routines. You can fit these into a busy schedule with less rearranging of your daily tasks. Yoga and stretching are also a great way to help your body become stronger as you learn how to stretch and move your body in new ways.
Finally, swimming is another option to start taking advantage of now. While outdoor pools may not be open until later spring or summer, you can explore indoor options until then. Getting into the habit of swimming now can help you continue the workout routine when it’s hot and hitting the pool sounds even more appealing.
Intentionality and an appreciation of the great outdoors seem to be two of the big takeaways in the tips from the advisors above. Explore what options sound most appealing to you and figure out how you can make them work for your new fitness resolution.