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April 2, 2013

Fit Bits: Spring changes can enliven exercise

Long overdue spring weather is finally arriving, and many people are excited to get outside and start enjoying outdoor activities.

Springtime is a perfect time to kickstart new fitness routines and work toward a healthier lifestyle. The longer days and warmer weather provide great motivation for fitness.

Regular exercise can improve your mood, increase wellness and strengthen your heart and muscles, all while burning calories. There are a number of ways to jumpstart this season and rejuvenate your workouts.

GET A PHYSICAL

Now is a great time to make a doctor’s appointment and get a physical exam. Everyone should get examined annually and get an idea of their health status.

A simple blood test can determine cholesterol levels, vitamin deficiencies, glucose levels, as well as other parameters. Blood pressure should also be checked to assess risk of stroke and heart disease.

Exam results will not only show possible risk factors but will encourage individuals to partake in fitness in order to increase health.

WORKOUT GEAR

Spring is a time of rebirth and regrowth. This concept can transition to your fitness wear. If you have not already done so, go out and purchase some new workout/running shoes.

A typical running shoe lasts for 300 to 400 miles. Even though many people do not keep track of the mileage on their shoes, it may be necessary to change them after using them all winter on the treadmill. Everyday activity in these shoes counts as wear and tear, too.

It is probably time to update your workout clothes, as well. Many of us still wear cotton shirts for workouts when we should be changing to apparel made of breathable, wick fabric. Not only will you feel better, but you will look better as well. Both are important for accomplishing fitness goals.

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