Summer is just around the corner, making now the perfect time to get in shape. Don’t let finances, recovering from an injury, or time stand in the way of achieving your goals.
Fitness on a budget
Getting in shape doesn’t have to be expensive. This spring, let the great outdoors be your gym. Take advantage of the warm weather and run at your local park, find a new trail to hike, or ride your bike around your neighborhood. You can find gym equipment all around you this way: use the park bench to do pushups, use the football stadium’s steps instead of a stair-stepper at a gym, or get creative with the playground equipment to make up your own regimen.
Another way to save money is to research free events going on in your community, like yoga, kickboxing, or zumba class.
Still want a gym membership to supplement your routine? Be sure to look out for hidden fees. You can also buy your own second-hand equipment to save money.
Fitness on the mend (recovering from an injury or surgery)
If you’re recovering from an injury, you’re probably anxious to get back into your normal workout routine, but there are few things to consider.
First and foremost, be sure to receive your doctor’s permission before you start exercising again. Your physician may give you specific instructions to follow, such as starting with moderate movements, using low weights, or avoiding certain activities altogether.
The road to recovery can also be mentally challenging. Your brain might want to continue where you left off before your injury, but your body needs more time to ease into your old routine. It’s important to take things slow at first and pay attention to the signals your body is sending you. Remember, a little discomfort is normal, but if the pain persists, take a day to rest and consult your doctor.
Fitness in a hurry or on the go
In a time crunch? The most rigorous workouts are often the shortest. If you are on the go, high intensity interval training (HIIT) expends a lot of energy instead of time. These workouts allow for the most creativity. Pick five of your favorite exercises, perform each one for 30 seconds, and repeat the cycle for 15 minutes.
For example, start with squats, move to burpees, wall sits, and jumping jacks, and finish with sit-ups. By the end of the workout, you will have worked up a sweat, giving you a burst of energy to take on the day.
Getting in shape doesn’t have to be intimidating. Set small attainable goals for yourself and ask a friend to join you so you can hold each other accountable for your fitness objectives!