Spring is finally here, and as the temperatures warm up and the daffodils start to bloom, it’s the perfect time to get outside and get moving!
It doesn’t take much to get moving and wake up your body after the long winter. You can keep it simple – any movement is good movement! You just need to find something that works for you and holds your interest, or use a variety of different movements to change things up and keep it fresh.
For example, you can take your dog for a walk or go walking with your partner, a friend or your children. You could add intervals as a great way to increase your heart rate and kick fat burning into high gear, or alternate walking and jogging by switching each time you reach a pre-determined destination – like a telephone pole or the end of each block.
I’ve mentioned this before, but you can also park farther away from your destination and walk the rest of the way, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or go biking around the neighbourhood. Working in the garden is also a great way to spruce up your yard while getting in some beneficial movement!
Add Some Weight
You can use bands, dumbbells, kettlebells and a stability ball to keep things fun and switch up your movements. If you don’t have any of this equipment and don’t want to invest, get creative with items you have around the house. Books in knapsacks or gym bags are good ways to add weight; you can use cans or jugs as dumbbells.
Add in some strength exercises 3-4 times a week. Believe it or not, you don’t need to go to the gym to increase your strength. If you’re inside, crank up some tunes, or head outside to a yard or park. To get you started, try these strength workouts below.
Time to Get Moving!
Don’t forget to warm up! Complete 1-2 sets of 6-10 reps of arm circles, leg swings, squats, lunges and jumping jacks. Continue to do these for a minimum of five minutes.
Always finish off by stretching your whole body, and if you have a foam roller, use it to roll out those tight muscles!
If you’re not sure how to perform any of these exercises, you can do a quick search on YouTube and find some video demonstrations. If you need more guidance and want to be sure you’re doing the exercises the proper way to avoid injury and maximize your results, get in touch with me – I’d be happy to help!