Now that spring is officially underway, it’s time to start fresh. Why not spring clean your workout routine this year with LA Fitness? A new season is as good of a time as any to switch up your typical routine in the club and focus on trying out new machines, increasing your weights, or adding healthy and fresh seasonal ingredients to your nutrition plan.
Try checking out a local farmers market to see what’s freshly available in your area. Some classic springtime staples include1:
Along with many other delicious produce choices, you may want to get creative and try something new, your diet may thank you!
The Benefits of Switching Up Your Workout Routine
Have you ever found yourself so accustomed to a routine that you no longer even have to think twice about completing it? Think about waking up in the morning, getting in your car, and driving to work. If it’s the same routine day in and day out, after a while it may feel like second nature to you. You don’t have to think about it – you just go. Well, that’s similar to how the body gets without a change to the workout routine. Once your muscles get used to a certain routine, they no longer really have to work that hard. They are already conditioned to the preset activities. Switch things up and give your body a wake-up call to develop the results you’re looking for.
!! Fitness Tip:
According to an article in Women’s Health Magazine, try switching up your workout every 4 to 6 weeks2 in order to maximize your results.
How to Switch Things Up at the Gym
If group fitness classes are your thing, try out a different class. You can still have the support and gentle push of a group fitness instructor, while working out muscles your previous class may not have focused on. Another option is if you’re a cardio lover, try to add some strength training into your routine. A good place to start is with machines, as there are normally photos showing what muscle group that machine will help you work out and a description of how to do it properly. Maybe you’re really into weightlifting, but your body is lacking the cardio it needs to build up endurance. Try adding a quick jog to your fitness schedule. Whatever you choose to do, as long as it’s different from your current routine, you should start to notice that your body will feel like it’s gotten a better workout in.
Don’t Forget About Emotional Wellness
When you spring clean the house and spring clean your fitness, don’t forget about spring cleaning your emotional well-being. Make sure to get rid of the negatives in your life. A healthy mind helps build a healthy heart, aids in better sleep, and helps reduce stress levels. So, whatever that thing may be that’s preventing you from feeling your best, let it go and start fresh!
Check out our article, The Happiness Factor: How Happiness Affects Health.
- Brooking, M.S., R.D. , Katherine. “Spring Clean Your Diet.” Cooking Light, 17 Mar. 2010, cookinglight.com/food/in-season/spring-vegetables-fruits.
- Fetters, Aleisha. “How Often You Should Switch Up Your Workout to Keep Losing Weight.”Women’s Health, 6 May 2017, www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/changing-up-workouts-for-weight-loss.