Spring is the perfect time of the year to start the journey to get fit and healthy. With the weather now warmer than it has been for a while, you’ll be far more motivated to get up and move. This is because the longer and sunnier days instantly make most of us happier. So, it’s easier to resist that urge to skip the gym for a few extra lie-ins!
Another reason that spring is a great time to start your fitness journey is because it gives you a suitable amount of time to start getting in shape for summer. After six to eight weeks of regular exercise, you’ll begin to feel and see a difference in terms of your general health and fitness. You’ll feel more confident in your abilities, and find that your muscles ache for less time after exercising. However, it may take a few months for you to reach specific goals (such as a certain weight).
As spring is firmly here, now’s the time to lace up your trainers and devise a fitness plan. Though spring fitness trends remain pretty much unchanged from year to year, here are the main ones to be aware of as you begin your new fitness journey…
Take exercise classes outside
There are many reasons to exercise outside; particularly when the sun is shining! Not only will you get a good dose of Vitamin D (which is vital for healthy bones, teeth, and muscles), but you’ll feel happier. In fact, it’s been proven that being near greenery can decrease feelings of stress and anxiety. Exercising outdoors will also make you burn more calories as you battle with uneven terrain, wind, and (in spring and summer especially) warm temperatures.
Walking, running, and cycling are all obvious choices for exercises to do outdoors. However, there are plenty of fitness classes that can be taken outside, and more and more gyms now offer these. Because the equipment needed for these classes is easy to move, Yoga, Pilates, Bootcamp, HIIT, Boxercise, Tai Chi, Aerobics, and Kettlebells can all be taught in the great outdoors.
Wear suitable gym wear for warm weather
Fitness clothing for the spring and summer should be suitable for increasing temperatures. It needs to be light enough to prevent you from overheating, while being comfortable enough to not restrict your movement. Though gym wear in all seasons should be made from fabrics that “wick” sweat away from the body, this is especially important in the warmer months, so opt for polyester and Lycra. You should also swap the long-sleeved gym tops for t-shirts and tank tops and choose cropped leggings.
However, many fitness fanatics now track their workouts using electronic devices. So, if you ditch the running jacket and choose a light tank top, you’ll have nowhere to comfortably hold your smartphone.
If you want to track your progress as you work out, invest in leggings with pockets, or an armband you can attach your tech to.
Travel to the gym on foot or bike
Ditching the car journey and travelling to the gym by walking, running, or cycling doesn’t just help the environment by reducing pollution; it also enables you to get more from your workout session. A brisk walk or jog can be a great way of warming up before you reach the gym, and if you are planning to lift weights once you get there, this provides an easy way for you to get some cardio in without having to hit the treadmill. This is especially useful if you’re short on time.
Another benefit of travelling to the gym on foot or by bike is that it adds variety to your workouts. This is because you’ll need to spend less time staring at the same four walls of your gym, which can boost your mood and motivation. Additionally (as we’ve already explained), exercising against the elements or on uneven terrain will also help you to get more out of your workout by burning more calories!
Participate in group workouts and classes
Michael Henson, Marketing Manager at Cardiff Sport Nutrition, says: “Without a shadow of a doubt fitness trends can influence how people work out, and at Cardiff Sports Nutrition we hear all of them – the good the bad and the ugly! However, one of the top fitness trends we tend to see in spring is group training. This dramatically rises in the warmer weather simply because there’s now more space to train. You will find numerous personal trainers offering boot camps in your local park, and surprisingly, you will find these to be free! Just do a quick search on Facebook for them. No matter what you choose, there are plenty of benefits of group fitness classes. Not only do they put you out of your comfort zone with new routines, there’s also a social aspect, as group training will inevitably help you meet new people. Nothing bonds people like a grueling workout!”
Another way to get more social when working out is by connecting with other gymgoers is by joining groups through a social platform, such as Facebook. Alternatively, Ozebuddy is a social platform to allow people to register for free, then select any activity or sport. Michelle Allen from Ozebuddy says: “The buddy system ensures accountability and the best thing people can walk. jog or cycle and motivate each other without the cost.”
Don’t forget about your face
Cynthia Rowland, creator of Facial Magic, a facial exercise system, says: “People exercise their biceps, triceps, quads, abs and more, so why ignore the 55 muscles of the face and neck? Spring and summertime (or anytime) is perfect for giving the face and neck muscles a lifting, toning, sculpting workout.
“The Facial Magic facial exercise system is the all-natural facelift that really works. There are no doctor visits required, there is no pain and no recovery time. What sets it apart from other programs is that it’s based on a 100-year-old French method of proven resistance exercises that actually work, not fad junk science. Unlike other programs, Facial Magic contains no useless contortions, puckers, twists or repetitive motions that could create new wrinkles and lines.”
With longer days and warmer temperatures now upon us, now’s the perfect time to embrace to get outside and embrace some of spring’s top fitness trends!
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