Take advantage of longer days
Daylight saving time might disrupt your sleep schedule for a week or two, but it sure does feel nice to have some extra sunlight in your life! Whether you have a regular exercise schedule or just casually work out whenever you fancy, take advantage of the extra daylight and the energy it brings to kick things up a notch. If you don’t have a schedule, set a schedule for yourself that has you working out at least a couple of days per week.
The mornings and evenings are now brighter than before so there’s no excuse, whether you’re an early bird or a night owl. If you already have a solid workout schedule going, can you add some extra outdoor activity to your evenings like a late-day walk in the park or jog around your neighborhood? Or maybe you could just tack on another 10 minutes to your current afternoon workout or start 10 minutes earlier in the morning. However you do it, take advantage of the extra sunlight while you still can—it won’t be here forever!
Try something new
Looking to shake things up? Try something new this spring. If you’re a runner, try adding bodyweight exercises to your routine. If you already go to the gym and lift weights 4 days a week, consider adding some cardio in the form of running or cycling.
Too much of one type of exercise can get us into a rut. Maybe not now, but down the line at least, you may find yourself bored of the same old stuff every day. Variety is the spice of life, after all! For some ideas on diversifying your workout, check out our blog here!
Increase the intensity
Challenge yourself to add something extra to your usual workout. Add in some light free weights after your run. Add some new moves to your bodyweight routine. Take that last set to failure or add a bit more weight to your strength training. Run or cycle faster, or try HIIT-style runs or cycles. As always, listen to your body and don’t overdo it, but try pushing a bit harder this season and you might just find that the extra sun and warmer temps help to add an extra spring to your step.
No matter which of the above you choose, set concrete goals to help you achieve more! What do we mean by concrete? Instead of vague goals like, “I want to work out more” or “I want to be able to do more pushups” set goals that are measurable such as, “In two months, I want to be able to run 3 miles a day” or “I want to be able to hold a plank for a full minute by the end of April.” Break up your goals into smaller, more manageable chunks too if you want a better chance at reaching them!