Spring Clean Your Workout

By Lisa Swanson | Owner Fitness Together Andover

The snow has melted, the air’s a bit warmer, and the windows are starting to open. This is the time of year when most people renew their homes with a deep cleaning, a fresh coat of paint and de-cluttering the closets. How about taking that same approach with your body, mind and spirit? After a long winter of hiding under layers of clothing and eating comfort foods it’s time to refresh our workouts and clear our minds.

One of the best ways to relieve stress and clear the mind is to workout. You may have heard of “runner’s high”. This phenomenon is the result of your endorphins being pumped up; your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. You don’t have to run though to obtain these results. Any activity that increases the heart rate for an extended period of time will have the same effect. The key to success and consistency is finding an activity you enjoy. Along with spring’s promise of warmer weather comes a whole list of possible activities; biking, hiking, canoeing, rollerblading, swimming, and the list goes on. The repetitive movement and deep breathing necessary to perform these activities is like meditation in motion. Often after a walk or game of tennis people feel a sense of relief and calmness. The daily problems and stresses in life are easier to deal with.

If results are what you want, then you also need to change up your resistance-training program. Our muscles respond very quickly to the demands we put on them and will get “bored” rather quickly if we don’t refresh the routine. If you are mindlessly going through a weight training circuit performing 3 sets of 15 repetitions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, then your body is in need of an exercise overhaul! What better time to try something new than Spring time! There a so many different ways to stress our muscles, but they won’t respond unless you have a plan. Consider hiring a trainer to not only to motivate you, but to educate you on how to put together an effective exercise routine. You will be reaping the benefits of this investment for years to come. Remember the “mind to muscle” rule when working out: When you concentrate on the muscle you are working, you increase the response of the each muscle fiber. Another bridge crossed in the mind/body connection!

Lastly you need to eat clean! Which means, forget the processed foods, sugar, white flour, and chips. Eating clean means whole foods, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. The further away from its natural state a food is, the more processing it has under gone. Not only is eating clean good for your waistline, nutrient-dense natural foods do wonders for your arteries, hair, skin, and yes, your mood.

So let’s renew our spirits and start or re-start a balanced exercise and stress reducing lifestyle. As you bring balance in to your life you will be better able to cope with the daily stresses of work and family.

If you found this helpful and you would like to suggest some topics for next month or you have some general questions, please feel free to call or email me at anytime: P (978) 623 8181 Email: lisa@swansonfitness.com. Visit our website at www.ftandover.com for more information on fitness and nutrition.

To find a FT Studio near you, go to FTGetsResults.com

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