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Spring Training- Get into the Swing of Spring - Fit Training Blog for Women 40, 50 and Beyond


It’s here! Yes, the sun is out and the tree buds are finally uncovered by the snow here in the Northeast. Even if you are in a full time sunny clime, the sense of spring is different than the winter months. The little league diamonds are humming again and folks are out enjoying the first signs of spring.

You may be thinking of spring cleaning; how about spring training?

Training as in dusting off those fitness videos you have buried in your bookshelf and rediscovering the fun they hold, hunting for those sneakers and taking a walk outdoors- I guarantee that left sneaker is in that closet, somewhere! And giving yourself permission to be the best you can be in these beautiful days to come.

Spring is a time of reawakening and an outstanding time to make a few changes to clear out the clutter- in your mind and on your body- you know, those extra inches you might have “collected” through the winter of holiday buffets with your favorite winter comfort foods. Here are 3 ways to get into the swing of spring:

  • Lose the heavy recipes and lighten up your plate. Be brave and try some of the new and exciting vegetables arriving daily at your grocery. Kalettes, brussel sprouts, green beans and cauliflower make fabulous dinner sides when roasted in your oven.

  • Find your fit self in the days ahead. Taking one day at a time to increase your movement is a great way to welcome the longer, sunnier, warmer days. Get outside at least once a day for the sole purpose of smelling the fresh air and moving your muscles. A quick stroll around your neighborhood after dinner will do wonders for your mind and your waistline.

  • Reach out to your friends and family. We have spent months sequestered in our homes during the winter. Now’s the time to set up a weekly walk with your friends and family – at the park, beach or one of the beautiful trails in your area. Check out http://www.traillink.com/ to see what rails to trails you have in your area. I’m a member of this conservancy to support expanding these natural resources throughout the country and it’s a wonderful way to explore your local outdoor resources.

Whatever you do to welcome spring, do it with the intention of improved health and fitness and there will be a spring in your step as you watch the flowers grow and the season blossom.


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