Can you hear that? The birds are chirping and the sun is shining – Spring is here, and with it, come warmer days and a brand-new energy in the air.
Many people choose the start of Spring as a time to freshen up their fitness routine, set new goals, and put more focus on their diet; however, for those still trying to shake off the winter slump this can be easier said than done.
If you’re struggling to break those winter habits, try these 5 life hacks to freshen up your everyday routine and put a spring in your step!
1. Get outdoors.
It can be easy to get stuck in winter habits and feel sluggish coming into spring, so it’s important to get outdoors and soak up the fresh air and Vitamin D. Whether it’s walking an extra bus stop, or doing a lap of the block at lunchtime, getting outdoors is a great way to feel quickly rejuvenated and full of energy.
2. Wake-up 30min earlier.
Longer days make it easier to fit in exercise, and it can be as simple as getting up 30 minutes earlier. Exercising first thing in the morning may provide you with benefits such as increased metabolism, and increased physical and mental energy throughout the day.
Morning exercise not for you? As Mark Twain once said, ‘if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long’. How’s that for motivation!
3. Make breakfast a habit.
If you are a late sleeper and often skip breakfast, use spring as a turning-point and start making breakfast a habit. Eating within the first hour of waking up has many benefits such as: restoring glycogen (your blood sugar levels) after the overnight fast and improving energy levels (both physical and mental) throughout the day. Breakfast also kick starts your metabolism so that your body can process the nutrients that it needs throughout the day.
4. Try a group fitness class.
If you’ve always wanted to start a class, a change is as good as a holiday. Mix up your current exercise routine with yoga or pilates, or perhaps even a spin class to get your heart rate really pumping! Start gently, and work up to a goal – be it a milestone in fitness or health, or even just a lifestyle ideal (cue that itsy-bitsy summer outfit you had your eye on!).
5. Eat Seasonally.
Supplement your diet with seasonal fruit and veg for maximum nutrients and value. In Spring, navel oranges and bananas are excellent sources of Vitamin C and Potassium, while broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms and spinach will ensure you get plenty of fibre and minerals.
You’ll have a spring in your step in no time!