Fit for Spring

With Spring comes the desire to shed those winter pounds. I find people make getting into shape a bigger deal than it is. And it’s not really about loosing weight, but about getting healthy and happy. If the focus starts there, the weight loss will follow.

Throughout the years, perfecting the formula to get people moving has been my specialty. I’ve have found followiong these four simple tips work.

1) Burn more calories. This isn’t that hard. You just have to move around more. Working up to three times a week for 30 minutes is the goal. To make it an exercise routine give yourself time to warm-up and cool down. Then add 10-12 minutes of some activity that will get you moving. This could be a light walk to a little gym time to swimming.

2) Be consistent. I cannot stress this enough. You have to maintain the moderate exercise you do, and maintain it over weeks and months. Go for little bits of activity as opposed to pushing yourself to the max, then needing too much time to recover.

3) Enjoy it. Really, this isn’t some abstract feeling but a very important point. If you do not make an effort to have fun you will not be consistent. So, making whatever you do enjoyable will be instrumental in getting fit this Spring.

4) Track it.  Keeping track of what you do each week will let you see your progress. This can be in your head or on paper.

Getting started isn’t easy to do, but at the same time, you will enjoy the benefits of your efforts.  

It’s lovely having a body. Use it or lose it. Be focused, consistent and have fun!