Can you believe it? Spring is finally here! No more wrapping up in layers of clothing, cold grey days and dark nights. Now that we are out of the hibernation mind-set, we can finally enjoy going outside in the warmer weather and making the most of the lighter evenings.
This is the perfect opportunity to start a new fitness regime or a new sport. Below we share our tips to motivate and help you reach your goals. Granted, most people don’t have the desire, energy or time to commit to something like a marathon or endurance challenge, but if you’re feeling inspired to get out more, then dust off those trainers and read on.
Make it social – Everyone is time poor these days and it’s hard to juggle commitments while still finding time to have fun. Meeting up with a friend for an exercise class or a walk is a great way to be active and social at the same time. It’s a win/win!
Remember to recover- starting a new fitness regime sounds like a great idea but it’s important to take it slow. A great way to recover and allow muscles to repair is a bath using Wood Rejuvenation Bath & Body Oil with Rosemary, Ho Wood & Nutmeg essential oils to soothe any aches and pains. For more targeted relief, massage Muscle Melt Balm to areas of concern both pre and post exercise to allow muscles to relax and encourage recovery.
Muscle Melt is also great to use for those at a desk all day, simply apply to shoulders for instant relief.
Fuel your fitness –Ditch the takeaways and treats for seasonal fruit and vegetables. In just a short time you will notice your energy levels increase and sleep patterns improve.
Stay motivated – It’s quite common to have good weeks and bad weeks. Don’t be discouraged if you stop for a while, just remember your goals, keep to your own pace and you will see results in no time.
For those that are interested in taking up running, it’s important to take it slow and build up as your stamina increases. Our friends at British Military Fitness can help you with these tips for beginners:
TOP 5 RUNNING TIPS
1. Warm up correctly: Use body weight dynamic movements to warm up as they closely mimic movements made during exercise. Squats and lunges are great for this.
2. Fuel yourself: Getting your eating habits right will help massively. Balance your diet to include good quality protein, seasonal fruits and vegetables and good fats.
3. Be sure to hydrate: You’ll lose a lot of water when you run and your water intake has to increase in line with this. Whatever your current intake, drink at least half a litre more.
4. Set a target or goal: Having a goal when it comes to running can really spur you on. Why not sign up for a 5km or 10km race in the spring/summer?
5. Enjoy rest days: Rest and recovery are a vital part of training. Stay active, keep moving but lower the intensity. Maybe walk or ride instead.
Want to know more? British Military Fitness has a complete runners guide for you. Simple click here to read more and get motivated! Or why not find your nearest BMF venue and sign up for a free class.