If you’re really careful and very lucky you just might catch a glimpse of spring, it’s hard to believe but the long cold winter months are almost behind us and it's almost here. If you missed making some resolutions in the midst of the cold winter weather to get fit and lose weight, this is the perfect time of year to get inspired and start that health regime you’ve been putting off since the second of January. Get in shape for spring.
So how are you going to take advantage of this extra daylight and get into shape?
The most obvious one is to go for a run (or a jog if it’s been a while). Running is one of the most accessible forms of exercise that you can do, you don’t need any fancy equipment and you don’t need an expensive gym membership. All you need are a working pair of legs and preferably a nice view to look at. If you live near a park or the beach, take advantage of the fresh air and start running. If you haven’t run for a while or you’re completely new, you need to start off slow and don’t push yourself too hard. Always make sure you keep a bottle of water with you to stop your body getting dehydrated.
Another great sport for the warmer weather is swimming. Technically you can go swimming any time a year as most towns will have their own public swimming pools but it’s always more enjoyable when the weather is a bit nicer, and when it gets really hot there’s nothing better than a dip in the pool to cool off. Most of us learned to swim when we were kids - like anything you don’t practice there’s a good chance your technique will need some work. Take your time and build your muscles slowly, some of the muscles you’re going to be using may not have done any serious work in a long time. Regular swimming will help build and tone your muscles as well as giving you a cardiovascular workout for your heart.
The start of the better weather doesn’t just bring a new chance to start exercising again, it also means you can look at your diet too. Its one thing looking forward to a huge hot roast dinner on a cold winter evening but at the end of a hot summer’s day, a super food salad is going to be much more refreshing and a lot healthier too. Try ditching the tea and coffee for a while too (or at least cutting back), once the days start getting longer you should notice you don’t need half a tonne of caffeine to get out of bed in the morning.
Now we just need that great British weather to be kind...
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