As spring approaches, it is time to start setting spring-related fitness goals. Since the weather will be getting warmer, it is time to get back outside for some fun workouts and to pick up fresh produce at your local market to make bright meals each week. Here are some of the Plunkett Fitness trainers’ favorite spring fitness goals.
1. Create a Workout Schedule
It can be hard to keep yourself motivated to stay keep up with your fitness routine, but one of the best things that you can do for yourself is to create a realistic exercise schedule. Start with small goals. Maybe for the first few weeks, you are only exercising two or three times a week. When you start to feel like you can stick to that schedule, you may be ready to start adding in more or longer workouts.
The point of creating a workout schedule is to give yourself milestones to reach for. Don’t start your calendar with 30-minute workouts six times a week if you haven’t been working out for a while. This will only leave you feeling frustrated when you can’t keep up with your unrealistic goals.
When creating a workout schedule, be sure that you are varying your workouts. Not only will this help you get better results, but it will also help prevent boredom. If you start feeling bored, you are more likely to give up on your routine. If boredom strikes, add a little more variety to your exercise calendar.
2. Drink More Water
Dehydration can be very serious, but even just being slightly underhydrated can make you feel pretty darn horrible, especially when you are spending a lot of time in the gym or exercising. Muscle soreness is pretty normal after workouts, but cramping is often caused by a lack of water. Fatigue can be another side effect of mild dehydration.
To avoid hydration problems, it is important that you drink more water than you would when you aren’t exercising to replace fluids lost from sweat during a workout.
3. Eat Healthier
It is so easy to find unhealthy snacks and meals. In fact, for many of us, it is as easy as walking into the pantry. Since some of our favorite foods are probably those that aren’t so good for us, it can be really hard to make a change to healthier foods. However, the only way to truly reach your fitness goals is to change your diet.
Speaking to a nutritionist or personal trainer with nutritional expertise can be extremely beneficial for many people who are just getting started on a healthier lifestyle. Plunkett Fitness trainers can help you come up with a nutrition plan that will help you reach all of your health and fitness goals.
4. Try Something New
If you are already a gym rat or are a dedicated athlete in a certain discipline, take this as an opportunity to try something different. Maybe it is time to give weightlifting or yoga a try. No matter what you have already accomplished, there is always the opportunity to try something new. Be a bit adventurous and see where it gets you.
If you feel really bold, you could add a few different new activities into your regular exercise routine.
5. Join a Gym
One of the easiest goals to keep is joining a gym, but the real goal here should be using that gym membership in one way or another. At Plunkett Fitness, we always recommend that clients sign up for personal training or group training classes. These classes make it easy to hold yourself accountable.
By joining a group training class or getting involved in personal training sessions, you are giving yourself a team to work with, which can be very beneficial in the early stages of exercise. It is so much easier to give up when you don’t have others that expect you to show up at a certain time on a certain day. Use these classes as a way to hold you accountable for your own fitness.
To learn more about Plunkett Fitness, give us a call today at 913-390-3360. You can set up a consultation with one of our personal trainers to assess your current lifestyle, goals, and any special considerations that you need to address during workouts.