Spring into Fitness

Well, it’s officially spring. We’ve set the clocks, we’ve had Easter, and it has been well over six weeks since Punxsatawney Phil saw his shadow. Spring is a time of rebirth and rejuvenation–a great opportunity to make some adjustments to your life, or check on those New Year’s resolutions.

While we generally make resolutions to get back into shape or get healthy around the new year and at the end of the summer, spring is really one of the best times. The weather is getting nicer, we have more daylight, and everyone always wants to look their best for their summer wardrobe.

Here are a couple suggestions of small things you can add to your current fitness routine, if you want to get a little healthier and enjoy the fresh spring air.

1) Ask some colleagues if they want to walk during lunch. It will revitalize you and burn calories. Just remember to keep an extra or old pair of walking shoes in the office so you don’t have to remember them every time you walk. Start slow. Have the group walk on casual Friday and every month add a day.

2)Be active during commercials. When and if you get the chance to turn the tube on, try to move during commercials. Get up and finish putting away dishes, or change over the laundry. You’ll be getting stuff done and burning calories. Or, if you want to make more of a workout in those two-minute time slots, keep a pair of weights near and do some bicep and tricep curls until you can’t do any more.

3) Plant a small garden or even hanging baskets of herbs. You’ll have to get outside to tend to them, plus your food will taste better when you add fresh chives, oregano, and sage. You can buy seeds or plants locally and they’ll last you all summer. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a large garden. Start small and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Little changes can make a big difference. Life doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Do what you can, and praise yourself for a job well done.


About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.


  1. Deborah March 25, 2008 at 6:07 am - Reply

    So true!
    Life is never all or nothing. I’m keeping it simple. Thanks for the timely advice. You make it sound doable.

  2. Courtzilla March 25, 2008 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Excellent post, Maggie – and great motivation! I often get into the “all or nothing” mindset and end up doing the latter (nothing).

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