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Spring Forward! Revive Your Workout!

Are winter workouts getting you down? After the endless weeks of treadmill boredom, one’s motivation can plummet.  Goals are forgotten, waistlines get bigger, and before you know it you have to put on a bathing suit (and in public no less!). Here are 5 ways to revive your workout this spring. 

*Remember if you are losing weight in a healthy way you should average 1 to 2 pounds per week… How many weeks do we have until summer?

1.       Get outside: 
Studies have shown that exercising outdoors can increase your calorie burn AND decrease your stress levels compared to indoor workouts.  People also tend to work out for longer durations if they are outside.  Taking in the sights on a beautiful day is much more enjoyable than watching the clock on the treadmill; so take a jog, bike ride, or find an outdoor class to get your maximum calorie burn.  Read more about a few of these studies here in the NY Times.  

2.       Take a class: 
Classes can reawaken your mind and body, help you make new friends, and allow you to experience a healthy dose of competition.  If you are the ambitious type, try a boot camp (like the one Mind Body Fitness offers) or spin class.  If you prefer a mild workout, you can try water aerobics or an all levels yoga class. BUT if you really want to experiment, I would totally recommend a hip hop, aerial yoga, or trapeze class!  My arms and core were wicked sore after my first trapeze class… Plus, the thrill of flying through the air is one of the best natural highs I have ever experienced.    

3.       Make a new playlist: 
If I have to hear Gotye’s Somebody that I Use to Know one more time I may have to give up exercise all together. Music can really set the mood, so if you find yourself bored with your work out mix it may be holding you back from wanting to work out.  And interestingly, studies have proven that the cadence of a song is actually one of the only ways to improve a runner or walker's pace. Human beings love to follow the path of least resistance, but music seems to be the key to unlocking your inner speed demon. Fill up your iPod with uptempo beats, and read more about the studies here in the NY Times.

4.       Find an exercise buddy:
Do you know someone else who is trying to get into shape but is having a hard time?  Make an exercise date!  Peer pressure is super effective.  No one wants to be that guy or gal who gives up mid-set.  Plus, with someone to keep you company you will find that the time flies.  There will be no mind space to think about the cramp you may have in your side or the burn in your thighs!  

5.       Get naked:
All winter long we hide underneath our baggy sweaters and cozy flannel PJs.  Now it’s time to get real.  Strip off all the clothes and stand buck naked in front of your mirror.  Take inventory of the good, the bad, and possibly the ugly.  This is a hard exercise for most people, but it can help redefine your goals in a very real way.  You don’t like the extra flab on your belly?  More cardio.  You don’t like the way your butt droops?  More squats.  You have to know what it is you want before you go out and get it, right?  If you have questions about how to reach those goals feel free to come to me with questions.

I hope these tips inspire you get back into the exercise groove!  Try any and all of them to experience it for yourself.  If you are one of the few who did not experience the winter workout blues, let me know how you stayed strong.  I would love to hear it!

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