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Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

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We spring clean our homes, but now is also a good time to spring clean our fitness routines.

“Coming off a long cold winter, summer’s coming, parties, picnics, clothes are getting lighter, everybody wants to look better, feel better,” said Ryan O’Hara, a personal trainer at The Edge Fitness Clubs.

O’hara says the first way to spring clean your fitness routine is by setting a goal and making a plan.

“By setting realistic goals for yourself, you are preparing a schedule, making sure you have enough time during the week to get in the gym, fit it in to your work schedule, the rest of your life, and make sure it’s enough for you to accomplish those goals,” he explained.

The second way to spring clean your fitness routine is by teaming up with a friend or a personal trainer.

“That is the best accountability you will get for reaching your goals,” O’Hara said.

A trainer will help you get the most out of your workout.

“Having a workout partner is great for days when it’s kind of crummy outside, you don’t want to get out of bed, you’d much rather stay home and be lazy,” O’Hara explained. “Then you get that text from a friend that says, ‘Hey, I’m on my way to the gym. I hope you are too.’”

With the weather warming up, now is the time to take advantage of the season.

“We’ve got a lot of outdoor stuff starting to happen,” O’Hara said. “Get out there, breathe some fresh air, get your steps outside.”

Spring is also a good time to spruce up your fitness wardrobe.

“If you’ve been in the gym all winter long, pounding away those miles on the treadmill, chances are your shoes are pretty worn out,” O’Hara said. “Get yourself a new pair of running shoes. You’ll run a lot better. You’ll alleviate ankle, knee, leg, hip pain.”

And when it comes to spring cleaning your fitness routine, hydration is key.

“A lot of people, hydration levels [are] lower in the winter, and now you want to get back out there, you want to start exercising, start moving more, you want to make sure you got the hydration in you,” O’Hara explained.

Proper hydration can help prevent muscle cramping and fatigue while exercising.

“Now that you’re going to be amping up your activity again, the more you sweat, the more you need to replace with water,” he said.

To learn more, visit TheEdgeFitnessClubs.com.

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