Sunday, March 21, 2010
Spring Is In the Air - Up Next Summer!!
It's that time - the leaves return, the flowers are blooming, the birds chirping, the flies are flying, the bees will soon be buzzing and the ants will be back on track. While everything in nature prepares to take their natural course, we prepare to take on our own track of getting in shape.
There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors while working out. It is a refreshing way to become one with mother nature. Taking in the fresh air, listening to the birds chirp, looking at the trees or flowers blooming - a beautiful sight. Now it's a perfect opportunity to ride your bicycle, roller blade, play basketball, soccer, soft ball, jump rope, hula hoop or swim.
Some may decide it's time to get to the gym while others may decide to take to the park/track field, or jog in their neighborhood. Whatever you decide, be sure to take it easy. The body should never be taken for granted. It's so easy to forget that the body needs to warm up before beginning any form of physical activity. Stretching is essential. My husband and I would go for runs at the park, signing up for various organized races through the New York Road Runners Club among other work out alternatives. Whenever we return to the track to begin our spring workout routine, we usually walk a lap or two before run our laps. At the end of our run we would also walk a lap and then stretch a bit more.
Move at your own pace - progress begins with a move. Get out and enjoy. Hydrate, hydrate. Take advantage of spring and when summer arrives, it will all be worth it in the end.