For most of us spring is the time to get outdoors more often and get in touch with nature, so why not use this activity as time to achieve your weight loss goals? Spring cleaning in your home, landscaping your property, and just moving around in the warmer weather all contribute to burning more calories. Evidence shows that it's easier to lose weight in the spring for this reason. To spring into your weight loss and health goals, I will help you with my trainer tips so that you can lose weight, tone, and be ready for bathing suit season!
1. Outside Your Home
Create your own garden plot. This not only increases your daily activity but also sets the stage for wonderful organic vegetables in late spring and summer. You cannot get more locally grown than from your backyard! If you don't have a garden or room for a garden in your yard, support your local farmer's market. Even regular grocery stores have locally grown produce and they often have weekly specials on whatever is in season.
2. In Your Neighborhood
Get out for a bike ride! You do not have to be an expert cyclist with "click in" shoes to get out for a high calorie burning bike ride. If you’re an experienced cyclist that is great, but if not, you can still go for a calorie burning bike ride and enjoy your neighborhood. Greet your neighbors as you get a workout in. If you do not have a bike or you are not interested in using yours, just get out your sneakers for a walk, jog or run. My daily runs are the best part of my day!
3. In Your Local Area
Sign up to walk or run a 5k charity race this spring. Spring is the best season for running and walking races because there is a race nearly every weekend and the weather is ideal. Spring racing provides cool temperatures which are definitely more forgiving on your body. This will also expedite your weight loss goals as you will now have a race to train for. Allow yourself 2-3 months to train for your first race. And the best motivation for running or walking this race will be you are supporting a charity in need of your help!
4. At the Park
Go to your local park to play tennis, basketball, or volleyball. Yes this does require some preplanning as you need a opponent to play these activities but it is well worth the planning! These activities burn between 500-700 calories per hour and are a lot of fun!
5. On Your Front Porch
While the kids are playing in the front yard, you can tone up while sitting down with Seated Leg Lifts. While reading your favorite book, raise your calf so it is in line with your thigh, alternating legs for 10 raises on each side. Repeat for 3 sets of 12 on each side. Elevating your heart rate even for 30 seconds at a time allows your body to burn more calories throughout the day.
6. On Your Street
Play a game of tag with your children and relive your youth. Even short bursts of calories expended will add up to weight loss over time. So let go, have fun and go… tag, you’re it!
7. Inside Your Home
Make weekend family spring cleaning projects and reorganize your garage, pull out furniture and clean like it is your job! Make this a family bonding time to work together to produce great results! And after you finish a project, prepare a salad picked from your garden as part of your meal.
Spring can be a great time of year to recharge your weight loss efforts. Take advantage of the warmer weather and incorporate regular activity into your schedule and fruits and vegetables from your backyard! Make some springtime resolutions as your prepare for swimsuit season. Embracing spring can be a great way to enjoy the change of seasons, shed winter weight, improve your health and boost your immune system! How will you use these tips to help you to achieve your weight loss goals?