March. The month of spring. In the north, this is the month of melting (hopefully). The month we become restless for summer. When our days get longer & nights shorter. This March, let’s make the most out of Spring.
This month we’ll bring you posts to help inspire and motivate. Work along with us to make positive changes in your life that will set you up for success all year long!
Today I’m so excited to be bringing a fantastic guest post from Erin Leigh at Fit.Fun.Lifestyle.
on Spring’ing’ into Fitness. (Erin Leigh & I are new blogging friends and have never met in person, but I can already tell our blogs were meant to compliment each other – have you noticed our names? Wife.Mother.Teacher. and Fit.Fun.Lifestyle……. anybody notice a resemblance besides me?)
It’s time to get in shape for the warm summer ahead and Erin has a plan anyone (yes, me included) can handle. Erin a
Day 4 Action Plan: Spring Into Fitness
Spring is right around the corner! Finally! 🙂 No more hibernation for my kiddos who, quite honestly, dislike the cold and snow as much as me.
I try to put on a happy face when the snow comes to not influence their feelings towards it, but they have decided to dislike it all on their own. Part of that probably has to do with their inability to move in their snowsuits, the fact that the snow is up to their shoulders so they can’t physically move through it and because no matter how well you bundle them up, it is inevitable that snow will be inside their gloves or boots within the first 60 seconds of stepping outside! That cannot possibly only happen to my kids?? Maybe next winter they will like it, but this year, we are all super excited for longer days, more sunshine and lots of time outside – we will definitely be making the most out of spring!
With that being said, I am BEYOND happy that my running can begin again!! If this is your first time hearing from me (thanks for reading 😉 ) I will let you know that if you told me 2 years ago that I would grow to love running to the point that I would daydream about it…I would tell you that you are nuts! Crazy! You have gone mad! (Insert any other expression you can think of that means you are dead wrong)! But, I can honestly say, I love running out to the point that, yes, I daydream about it.
If you don’t believe me, you can catch up on my running history (or lack of) that I described as Running Progress last fall. Anyways, I was never a runner, but have grown to love it but it doesn’t work out well in the northeast winters, especially with two little ones! So, I am planning that within the next few weeks…our little family runs will begin again!!Have you made any plans for your Spring workouts?
First of all, have you heard of the saying, “Summer bodies are made in the winter?” Well, yes that is true, but winter is over, so if you are like me and were hibernating this winter and lacking the motivation because of the amazing-ness of mid-afternoon coffees, yoga pants, oversized sweatshirts and eating goodies…it is time for you to jump on board with me and get to work! Time to shed those winter pounds and tone it up! (Yes, that was self-motivation).
I find that designating time for myself and exercising makes me a better mother, a better wife and an all around happier person. (There is something to be said about those endorphins that are released.) Here are a few little tips on how you can make the most out of your Spring workouts to get yourself beach ready:
- Make a long term goal. Something you want to achieve and by when.
- Make a short term goal. Something you can achieve that will help you build up to your long term goal. (You can read more about setting goals here).
- Work out first thing in the morning, then shower, all before you start the day. Does this mean you have to get up earlier? Yup…but give it a few weeks. I promise you will thank me, seriously! Sometimes that time makes me happier than my morning coffee – and I love my morning coffee.
- No excuses! Commit to yourself and you can do it!
What do you think? Are you ready to make the most out of spring and jump start your workouts? You don’t need an expensive gym membership, home equipment or anything fancy. Just a pair of sneakers and the great outdoors! If you are already active, are you going to step it up now that summer is around the corner?! I know I am! 🙂~Erin Leigh
Erin Leigh is a wife, mother of two toddlers and a business manager that is working daily to balance all aspects of life and loving it! She started blogging in July 2013 with the desire to motivate others to live a healthy lifestyle through fitness and healthy eating as she was on a journey to not only lose the baby weight, but be in the best shape of her life. Fit.Fun.Lifestyle has evolved into fitness motivation and tips, my own healthy recipes (and some not so healthy favorites) and a little bit about my fun, fast paced, family centered life, where there is never a dull moment! 🙂
We would love to hear from you – what are your Spring fitness plans? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll all help keep each other motivated.
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