Spring has sprung, so that means that it’s time to get moving again. If you have been a little more sedentary the past few months and are feeling a little heavier than you would like to, just strap on those walking shoes and get outside. This is a great time of year to renew your fitness goals and jump into action.
It is our body’s natural reaction to want to move more as our energy renews in the spring. Use this natural desire to step into action! Think about what you would like to achieve in the next month or two. Keep the goals small and manageable, as those are the ones we tend to finish. They also serve to spur us on and make us feel more in control of our lives and our bodies.
As an example, if you have never run in your life and would like to start, just begin with small steps. First, make sure that you have a comfortable pair of shoes. Then, start with a short distance and time commitment. Each day, increase the distance little by little, walking farther each day of the month. At the beginning of the next month, start with a few short bouts of jogging followed by walking. Extend those short bursts to longer periods of time, and by the end of the next month, you will be ready to jog a longer distance. Keep increasing the goals until you are running, say a quarter mile, then a half mile and so on. By keeping the goals small, you will be able to increase your abilities slowly, thus making significant progress. Keep track of your improvement and then look back at what you have achieved each month. It does wonders for your motivation!
Now, it’s time to get moving! Think of your small goal and then head out the door. Walking is a great place to start. You can simply just wander and admire the flowers. I’m sure with the time to think and move you can come up with a perfect accomplishment to work toward for the spring. Good luck and happy walking!