Diary of A Fit Woman: Spring Into Fitness
The winter blues can take a toll on you. Always waking up to a cold day, bundling up and having to shovel snow leaves very little motivation to work out. It completely kills your drive to go outside, even if it’s to make a trip to the gym or grocery store. In the long stretch of winter, we start making more excuses about ordering take out, and skipping workouts.
But then Spring comes! It’s warm in the morning, the sun is out when you open your eyes and instantly starting the day seems a lot more inviting. Spring is one of the best seasons to start getting healthy for a number of reasons.
One of the best things about Spring is most produce will now be in season. Lots of fruits and vegetables will be in abundance at your grocery store, not only giving you variety, but knocking prices down. Look out for cherries, strawberries, pineapples, watermelon, tomatoes, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, and spinach. They’re usually their best in the Spring.
Warmer weather also means you can cook outdoors on your grill. It may not be summer yet, but if it’s mild enough to be outside, fire up your grill and put out some chicken or turkey burgers. The fat will melt right off. You can even do all of your meal prep on the grill by putting sliced eggplant or asparagus bundles on the fire once it’s died down a little.
Warmer weather also means that you can exercise outside. With the restrictions of limited space that you may find at your gym or at home, being outside gives you plenty of space to move around. There are many body weight exercises you can do to drop some weight, like running sprints. If you have a little money to spend, invest in some workout equipment like a jump rope or 5-pound ankle weights. Put your running shoes on and take a few laps around the neighborhood. Find some grass that isn’t soggy from the Spring rain and do some circuit training. I love bringing out my agility ladder and running drills. The Spring is also a great time to reconnect with friends by getting together to play a friendly game of kickball.
Sure, we may lose an hour due to Daylight Savings Time, but the benefits of Spring outweigh the sacrifices, so be sure to take advantage of them! From putting more color on your plate, to giving you options to switch up your workouts, the change in the seasons should energize your journey to a healthier you.
Reneé DuBose is a Chicago media professional who was bitten by the health and fitness bug a few years ago. On her journey to get and stay fit, she started a health and wellness blog to share her tips with friends, family and anyone needing help. Visit The Fit Print and keep up with her on Instagram @theFitPrint.