So are you feeling all spring like and motivated now the sun is peeking through?
It is funny isn’t it, how we all make resolutions at New Year when it’s cold and we just want to huddle in front of the fire and eat lovely left over Christmas goodies. Not the right time at all is it! Spring is a natural time to feel renewed with energy and ready to get out there and to get fit.
We also have the incentive of fitting back into our summer clothes to get us motivated don’t we?
So what is in your fitness toolkit for Spring?
I think it’s really useful to have the following:
Sometimes when we are running around in the breeze it can feel like we are cool and refreshed and the sun is not that hot or going to cause us much of a problem. You have to be so careful though and a cap and sunblock really are very important to protect you from harmful UV rays.
Good pair of trainers
Trainers don’t have to be expensive but they need to fit well and breathe well and they need to be fit for purpose. Did you know for example that running shoes should only ever be used for running and absolutely not for tennis? Me neither, have a look at this article on the NHS website about choosing the right sports shoe. Its not about money and it is all about suitability
A fitness plan
Do you have fitness aims, a goal or a plan? Small, incremental targets help us stay on track and goals motivate us. Plans help us kno what we are doing and what we are aiming for. They really can make a huge difference to our motivation and improvement l
A fitness app
I use map my walk to measure my time and distances as well as calorie use. It is an easy to use app and free and helps me reach my goals. It is alos interesting form e to compare walks and timing. I have friends who swear by my fitness pal and other apps. it is well worth asking around and experimenting, most basic apps are free you just have to find the one that is right for you.
An anti allergen
Allergy awareness week is coming up (25th April – 1st May)and for many people the joys of Spring and Summer get lost in itchy noses and eyes and they cannot bear to be outside. It is worth finding a product to tackle this before the season gets into swing. Pycnogenol might be useful to combat these symptoms it originates from the bark of the maritime pine trees grown in sustainable forests in south-western France. The natural plant extracts that work as an antioxidant, to help with itchy eyes/running nose and general well-being/sensitivities.
So that’s all you need in your springtime fitness tool-kit – now you just need to get on out there and go for it!