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April 24, 2014 | Posted by: Ericka Andersen | Posted in: Health & Fitness
Spring Cleaning: Fitness & Nutrition Edition

*By Ericka Andersen, Balance Ambarsador

Is anyone else dreaming about summer? This winter felt absolutely endless and there were days I thought I’d never put my snow boots away. Nevertheless, spring is here and you know what that means…it’s time to put away the bulky sweaters and break out the shorts and tank tops.  

I know some people can maintain their fitness routine throughout the winter, but not many. When it’s 20 degrees outside and snowing, finding the motivation to make the trip to the gym becomes a lot harder. I usually look at winter as a time to chill out a bit on my workouts and let my body refresh. 

Now that spring is here, it’s time to break free of that winter mind set and head back to the gym.  It is also a great time to get our diets back in order. We all crave those hearty, warm foods like stews and soups during the cold months and unfortunately, they are not usually the healthiest options. For example, the fattening, high-sodium potato soup I have been devouring all winter. If you’re like me, then it’s time to spring clean your diet!

Balance Bar has partnered with nationally recognized Registered Dietitian Sharon Richter, who came up with 5 amazing ways to Spring Clean your kitchen. She has some great advice on how to hit the refresh button on your eating habits and get back on track. 

After reading her tips, I got inspired to create my own on how to Spring Clean your fitness routine! Take a look at my 6 tips below – I hope they help motivate you to hit the refresh button on your workouts and get you in the spirit of sunny, warmer days!

    1. Rearrange. Grab your fitness clothes out of the bottom drawer (you know, the ones you barely ever think about!) and put them in the top drawer so you can’t help but see them every day. It will be a good reminder to hit the gym!
    2. Buy & Try Something New. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to refresh your gym wardrobe. Buy 1 new workout top and potentially a new pair of shorts a season, and you’ll feel like hitting the pavement more!
    3. Set Your Alarm & Stick To It. It hurts, it does, but it’s so worth it. Even if you are not a morning workout person, I recommend getting up a little earlier to get other things done so you can stop stressing about them after work and leave more time for a workout. For you morning exercisers, it’s just a matter of getting back into the habit again. As the days get warmer, I promise those 6am runs or early morning workouts will get easier!
    4. Get a New ‘Do. All the good things you do for yourself can also help other areas of your life. So if you get a great new haircut, you’re going to be motivated to get the rest of yourself feeling good too. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself, you deserve it after all those workouts you’ll be doing!
    5. Sign Up For a Class. How many times have you said, “I’d really like to take a Zumba®, yoga, CrossFit, etc. class” and not done it? It can be hard to make the commitment but it is super motivating once you do! Variety will keep you from getting bored and make working out much more fun.
    6. Set a Goal. I’m the worst at this but I’ll tell you, when I did the Core Power Challenge, with a goal of doing a core workout every day for 30 days, it made me stick with it. Make a goal to run a certain distance, workout a certain amount of days per week or start meditating nightly. Whatever it is, write it down and put it somewhere you can’t ignore.

Ericka Andersen*

*Ericka Andersen is a paid spokesperson for Balance Bar®.

Tags: Spring Tips, Lifestyle, Exercise & Wellness.