Spring into shape

Spring is a great season, for many reasons. Growing up, my family was always excited for the warmer weather because it meant outdoor sports and swim parties at Grandma’s house! For the younger crowd, this is pretty exciting. For others, it can be terrifying. Especially those of us who have avoided exercise and developed unhealthy habits during the winter. When spring rolls around, we feel very self-conscious, and often avoid getting back on track.

So what should you do? Is it too late to get into decent shape? No way! Anyone can make progress if they put their mind to it. Many of us are procrastinators. How many of us cram in a few days worth of studying before a big test when we know we should’ve put in at least a week? There are many scenarios where we do this: school, church, work, and of course, fitness. Losing a few pounds or putting on some muscle does take effort, but when push comes to shove, I believe most people are capable of getting it done. So let’s do it! Here are three steps to help you “spring” into shape!

Step 1: Get outside, and get moving! Grab your kids, friend, spouse, push the baby in a stroller, or go it alone. Go on a walk, visit the local high school track, or find an empty soccer field where you can play with your kids. If you are completely out of shape, start slowly to prevent injury. Cardiovascular exercise is a great way to burn calories and lose some weight. Most important, you’ll be taking care of your heart.

Step 2: Renew your gym attendance. Wouldn’t it be nice to get what you’re paying for, that is, using the gym that has been charging you even when you don’t go? The key to gym time is strength training. Putting on muscle, whether you’re male or female, is imperative to having a healthy life. You sleep better, have more energy, decreases stress, gain self-confidence, and burn calories during as well as after the workout. Wow!

Of course, you don’t have to go the gym to achieve lean muscle. There are plenty of body weight exercises you can do at home that will do the trick. But, if you’re like me, separating my workouts from home life is much more effective.

Step 3: Eat smarter! Toss the treats, candy, and junk food. No time to waste, people! It’s time to stock up on foods that will get you leaner and feeling better. Remember, half the battle of obtaining these goals starts in the kitchen!

If you take these three simple steps and push forward, a day at a time, you’ll soon find yourself with renewed energy and life. So let go of procrastination and get back on track to become the leaner, healthier version of yourself this spring!

AuthorTravis Lott
MagazineUtah Valley Health & Wellness