If you’re in the northeast, it’s hard to imagine that spring is on its way, but have no fear; slowly but surely it is coming. It’s time to start getting into shape for those itsy bitsy bikinis and those oh so cute spring and summer styles. Don’t forget eating healthy and getting enough sleep are key essentials as well! Don’t worry, we have you covered to get you on your way to being in tip top shape for the warm weather and trends.
We must admit cold weather does not motivate us to head to the gym, we’d rather cuddle up in a warm blanket and watch movies instead. Jumpstarting your spring fitness routine can be hard at first, but we’ve got some tips to get you back in action on the fitness train.
1. Set a schedule and be realistic
We know this can be hard, but don’t set a goal of running 5 miles if you’re just getting back into the game.
2. Spring clean your workout playlist
Your favorite songs are always changing so why not clear out the old and bring in the new?
3. Reward yourself
Taking care of your hard-worked body is key! Reward yourself when hitting some of your personal goals with things like a sports massage, a new bikini or even a hot new outfit. The options are endless!
1. Clean out your pantry
We all know the holidays are all about the food. Now it’s time to clean out everything from the holidays to Valentine’s Day. Get rid of anything with low nutritional value such as chips, sugary cereal, junk food and yes, we hate to break it to you, but those 100 calorie packs are also bad for you. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.
2. Infused Water
You’ll thank us later with this one, too. Believe it or not, cutting up fruit and putting it in your water has great benefits and did we mention tastes delicious too? For example, oranges aid with healthy blood circulation and cucumbers hydrate and flush out toxins. Try this refreshing recipe that you’ll just fall in love with!
2 slices lemon
2 slices orange
4 slices cucumber
5 mint leaves
3. Head to your local farmers market
There’s nothing like fresh local vegetables. Try seasonal staples such as asparagus, spinach, strawberries and apricots.
1. Keep regular sleep hours
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone needs the same amount of sleep to function properly. Some may only need 4 hours while others may need the full, recommended 8 hours. A simple trick to see how much sleep your body needs, wakeup without an alarm on the weekends and that should help you figure out the ideal amount of sleep your body needs.
2. Eat lightly at night
Overeating can cause insomnia as well as indigestion from spicy or fatty food. For a better night’s sleep, eat something light several hours before you plan on heading to bed.
3. Create a relaxing bedtime routine
Did you know that being on the computer or tablet before bed actually makes it harder for you to fall asleep? Yes, it’s true! Ditch those electronics at least 4-6 hours before you plan to head to bed and you’ll be sure to have an easier time drifting off into dreamland.
There you have it! Follow these simple steps and stay on track so you can feel fit, refreshed, and fabulous just in time for spring!