What do you think about when the snow starts to melt?
Maybe you’re thinking about the warm spring days approaching and flowers blooming—or maybe about that beach trip you’re planning. Or how, unlike the snow that just melts away, you’ll have to work hard and follow a plan to get rid of your “winter layers” in time to hit the beach.
But where should you start? We share a list of five tips to help get you motivated this spring. Of course, the first one involves giving your doctor a visit!
5 Tips to Help Motivate You to Get Moving
1. Schedule your annual check up
Spring is a great time to get a fresh start on the year—and check-in with your doctor for your annual physical. If you’re not quite due for a visit yet, plan ahead for the summer and get your appointment on the calendar.
2. Set realistic goals
"Lose weight" doesn't count. If you want to be successful, you will have to be more specific. For example, "I will lose 8 pounds in two months", or "I will be able to do 10 push-ups in two months". Give yourself a timeline to meet the goal, and reward yourself for meeting mini-milestones along the way.
Looking for help with your diet? Our registered dietitian, Julie Wise, is available for consultation about any nutritional concerns, just call to set up an appointment.
If you have a fitness goal—write it down, put it on your calendar, and share it with your friends. Having these reminders will keep you accountable, and ultimately help you achieve your goal.
Quick Tip: Planning to hit the gym at the end of the day? Bring your fitness gear with you to work to help you stay motivated!
4. Recruit your friends
Just like the saying, two heads are better than one—the same applies for fitness goals. Recruiting a friend with similar goals will keep you motivated and committed to achieving your goals. No one likes to let their friends down—so you’ll be more likely to go for a walk or go to a yoga class if you know someone’s waiting for you.
Or, you (and your friends) could join a fitness-focused Meetup group in Cleveland to keep you motivated. Joining is usually free, and some groups available include walking, hiking, martial arts, dancing, cycling, rock climbing and even disc golf. Sounds like fun to us.
5. Look the part
It’s never fun to put on a stinky old workout shirt that’s been around since you graduated (college, maybe even high school!). So pick out a new shirt, pair of shorts, or pair of shoes that will make you excited to get moving. At Target picking up groceries? Throw a pair of yoga pants or a pair of basketball shorts in the basket. Luckily, you can find quality workout gear at a number of stores in the area that will fit any budget.
Looking for places to get fit around Northeast Ohio?
We’re lucky to have a variety of fitness options in Western Cuyahoga and Eastern Lorain counties that work for a variety of budgets (and don’t forget about trying out those Meetup groups we mentioned above).
Here’s a few options to get you started:
Yoga, Pilates, Spinning & More
Gyms & Fitness Centers
Parks & Recreation Facilities
So now that you’ve got your plan, a partner, new gear, and a list of fun fitness options you should be all set!
Remember—always consult your physician if you have concerns before starting a new fitness program.
Do you have a favorite fitness center or studio we didn’t mention? What helps you get motivated to get in shape? We’d be happy to hear your thoughts in the feedback below.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.