Spring clean your fitness

It’s not just your home that benefits from a good ol’ spring clean, your fitness schedule does too!
You may have been dragging yourself through your winter workouts with little progress, or maybe even hibernated away completely and really need to come out from under the sofa throws, especially if those lockdown pounds are still lingering, or with all the very best of intentions, your new year fitness resolutions have just failed to launch.
Well now it’s time, as finally spring is upon us!

There is no better time to get going with a new fitness plan than when the evenings are getting lighter and the weather milder. Outdoor exercise becomes more bearable, and if you prefer going to an indoor gym or exercise class, let’s be honest, most of us are more inclined to go out when we can see daylight, even if we’re going to drive there.

So now we have the elements in our favour, the next thing to sort out is setting our SMART goals – Specific – Measurable – Achievable – Realistic – Timely – goals!
Being clear and specific about what you want, with ways to measure progress, along with realistic & attainable desires, backed by a plan, will be far more likely to succeed, than a vague, overambitious, unplanned day dream. Jot it down in a notepad or on your phone, so you can reference it regularly.

I can’t stress enough that the exercise you chose must be something you enjoy. It’s all very well doing a hardcore bootcamp for a few months, to kick start everything, but if you detest that style of working out, the risk is you’ll eventually fall off from it, then if you don’t have a replacement activity, all your hard work will unravel and you’ll have wasted time and money.
Get back to your notepad and brainstorm ideas to pursue – try different types of exercise, until you connect with something you feel, could become part of your lifestyle long term.

– This article has been published in the March edition of Life Magazines – http://www.lifemagazines.co.uk