Five tips to starting your fitness journey this spring

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WITH the wet and dreary weather coming to an end, there’s never been a better time to start a new healthy habit.

Springtime is perfect for getting fitter, healthier and happier and doing so will help break the winter blues.

 

Clean out your fridge and pantry

The mere act of removing all the junk food that kept you company during the cold winter months is sure to put a spring in your step. Replace heavy meals with lean meat, fish and salads and stock your fridge with fresh vegetables and seasonal fruit. Don’t get caught out at snack time – have a ready supply of low fat yoghurts, nuts or pre-chopped carrot and celery sticks to munch on between meals.

Get moving 

Make the most of the warmer days and join an outdoor boot camp or start walking. If you’re an indoor exerciser head to a gym or try a group fitness class to set you in motion. Once you’ve started, consistency is the key.

Set goals

By setting both short and long term fitness goals you can put realistic steps in place to achieve them. Don’t limit your goals to a number on the scales; being able to easily finish a group fitness class, or participating in your first fun run can often lead to better results. See a Personal Trainer to keep you on track or find a training buddy that will keep you focused and won’t regularly cancel on you.

Schedule your workouts and meal times

Put your workouts and meal times into your calendar like an important meeting, and stick to it. No matter how tired you are after work or how tempting the snooze button is, a short workout is better than no workout at all.

Stay positive

You will have set backs, you will fall off the wagon. But the most important thing is to get right back on again, more determined than ever.