Spring training is something you've heard about the pros doing. For baseball players, it's when the team gets back together in February and March to prepare for the season ahead. Need some ideas for how you can train for summer fun? Read on....we're sharing some inspiration for how to recharge your health and wellness routine!
1. Make sure your sunscreen is ready for summer. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Sunscreens are designed to remain at original strength for up to three years. This means that you can use leftover sunscreen from one year to the next." Not sure when you purchased yours? First, check the labeling for an expiration date, because some manufacturers do include this. Toss what is expired. You can play it safe by disposing of anything that doesn't have a printed date that you don't remember purchasing. Also make sure to toss any skincare product that has changed in consistency or color. And one more tip: sunscreen should be applied liberally and frequently. If you aren't running out of it regularly throughout the warmer months, you probably aren't using enough!
2. Check in with your health provider. According to a poll by Kaiser Health Foundation, 92% of Americans believe a yearly wellness exam is important to good health, but only 62% of us actually get them. While a yearly medical exam may not be necessary for those in good health, it's a great idea to sit down and check your own records to determine if it's time to check in with your doctor. Are your immunizations up to date? How's your blood pressure and cholesterol? Are you due for any cancer screenings? If you don't know the answers to these questions right away, it's probably time to schedule a visit with your doctor. After all, nothing ruins summer fun like an ambulance ride!
3. Be brave and clean out your pantry. Banish the hidden stashes of Cadbury eggs and that old tin of popcorn from the holidays. You aren't going to have room for them when you start making weekly trips to the farmers market or u-pick fields! The health benefits of eating seasonal fruits and vegetables are just as impressive as the abundance and variety we enjoy here in the Farm to Fork Capital of America.
4. Buy new running shoes. According to Shape magazine, "If you've been hitting the gym (and the treadmill) all winter, chances are, you're due for a new pair. Most running shoes last somewhere between 300 and 400 miles-but if you use them to walk around or do other parts of your gym routine, that wear and tear counts, too." Your feet, joints, and all your leg muscles will thank you if you toss your old pair and give them improved support. Long-time runners are pretty passionate about which shoes perform best for them. The truth is, not every running shoe is made alike, and it might take a few tries to find your perfect shoe if you are new to the sport. It can be helpful to visit a specialty running store, where associates are usually trained to evaluate your gait and make shoe recommendations based on your unique needs.
5. Update your workout wardrobe. Still working out in cotton? There's a whole new world of moisture-wicking fabrics out there, my friend. They are breathable and won't stick to you when you sweat. Not only that, but they dry quickly and don't hold odors they way cotton can. Check the retail section of our clubs for some stylish options. And by the way, hand washing can help your sports bras last longer, but the lifespan of a typical bra is about 6 months.
6. Try something new! Spring is a time of new beginnings, so don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. If you find yourself in a fitness rut, we have some ideas for how to get out of it. You could:
- Meet with a personal trainer. Sometimes just getting some new moves to add to your typical routine can be rejuvenating.
- Attend one of our group fitness classes that you've never been to before. We have a wide variety of cardio, strength, dance, and cycling classes at all our clubs, and we frequently bring in new formats, too. Our instructors provide a fun environment and are thrilled to welcome new class members. You just may discover your newest fitness obsession!
- Get out there. While stairclimbers and treadmills are a great way to burn calories when the weather is inclement, some fresh air will do wonders for both you and your workout. You might want to visit our Downtown gym, where we have rooftop basketball courts!
- Get some new tunes or find a podcast you are interested in. Sometimes small changes can make a big difference. Switching up your workout entertainment can help you get excited to set aside time for exercise.
7. Don't forget to hydrate. Hydration is important year round, but your hydration needs increase right along with your level of activity and the outdoor temperatures. You can find out about how much water is right for you here, along with tips for enjoying your water. Keep an insulated water bottle filled nearby as you work and play.