As we approach Spring we have the pleasure of the longer days, slightly warmer weather (hopefully) and the bursts of nature and wildlife on our doorsteps. When it comes to Spring cleaning we all think about what we can do around our home, how to organise things and just cleaning. However, what about having a spring clean with your health and fitness?
What I mean by spring cleaning your health and fitness is changing up that routine, sitting down and thinking about what you could improve or how you could switch things up and make it more exciting. This keeps you motivated and this keeps you constantly on your toes when it comes to looking after your health and fitness.
Let’s get into 8 ways that we can spring clean our health and fitness routine today.
Re-evaluate your fitness goals
Sometimes when we set ourselves goals (especially when it comes to our health and fitness) we almost set goals that are too difficult and not ones that will be achieved. This could be because we look to others for inspiration and you might follow someone that is into working out everyday for example, and therefore you feel like you need to set your goals to be high as well.
However, this is not attainable. If you are a beginner you cannot expect to be motivated to workout 3-5 times a week or go on runs. You have to build up resilience, work hard and change your mind-set (now of course even I am not motivated all the time to workout).
Therefore, if you find yourself bored or you are not motivated when it comes to working out then sit down and give your health and fitness goals a spring clean. Think about what you could do differently, what you enjoy doing and even changing your goals to make them more manageable.
Schedule your workouts/change when you workout
I have a planner and I honestly love using it, and I mean yes it has been more boring to use in terms of I cannot put any plans it in (due to lockdown in the UK). However, I have been using it in terms of work, my small business, blogging and my health and fitness goals.
Therefore, if you have a calender either one you write in, on your computer/laptop or even on your phone then get scheduling those workouts in. I find that when it is scheduled in for the week then I am more likely to get it done. It becomes part of your daily tasks/goals and so this should motivate you (well it does for me) to do it.
In addition, if you find that you are not enjoying the time you usually work out then change that up. If you are working out in the evening then change it to the morning and vice versa. Work out at a time that suits you and that best fits your routine. I personally prefer to workout first thing in the morning and that is part of my morning routine, however it is perfectly fine to workout during a lunch break or even in the evening!
I am the first to admit that when it comes to cooking I am not the most organised. Now I can cook but I never prepare anything in advance and then I search around the kitchen for something “quick” to cook. Therefore, I know this is one I definitely need to include in my spring clean.
Planning meals is useful for you to know what you are eating that night, for you to use up any food that you may need to and even help you prepare in advance. It just helps you to know what you will be eating and this helps you not waste time.
Get in the garden
If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor space then this is something you should make the most of. As spring comes along I love seeing the flowers beginning to blossom, and we just planted some new bushes and plants in the garden (some that take years to grow). There is something about colours, flowers and just enjoying a nice garden.
Spring is the perfect time to get yourself outside especially as it is beginning to get warmer. Plus not only is gardening great for your fitness, it is also great at managing your mental health. Honestly, it calms me down, and I just feel so content when I am gardening.
Unplug from the tech/switch up what you see
Something that is great for our health is to ensure we are unplugging from the tech, and even ensuring that what we see on our social media is not constantly negative.
Therefore, if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed or need some space then make sure you take a step back from the technology. Or even if you are not it is still important to unplug from the tech every day.
Create a better sleep routine
Sleep is so important for our health, even more than we may realise. Our bodies really do need it! I am not going to lie but I have had a love hate relationship with sleep. When I was a young teen I struggled with sleep and would get really bad anxiety, meaning when I was 13 I had to have sleep tablets. However, as I am growing up I have a much better relationship with sleep and actually I have Ryan to thank for that.
However, even more recently I have developed a great sleeping habit and this honestly plays a massive role on how I am throughout the day. I tend to go to bed after 10pm every night and I wake up at around 7am every day (minus the odd day on the weekend).
Therefore, give your sleep routine a little spring clean and reep all those health benefits.
Take your workout outside
Depending on where you are and what restrictions you have then actually thinking about having a walking meeting can be a great idea.
We all know that going for a walk encourages creativity and inspiration, and plus you are getting that body moving. Therefore, if you are in an office and you have a lot of meetings then maybe suggest going for a walking meeting. Sometimes as well this can get you thinking about any issues that might need to be sorted, come up with fresh ideas and just get you outside.
Think about what you eat/clean out your cupboards/fridge
Lastly it is important to think about what you are eating for your health. Therefore, have a spring clean of your cupboards and fridge and see what your eating habits are. Of course it is important for you to have a balance of healthy foods and foods that are a bit naughty.
Plus by doing this you can look at reducing food waste, which is great for our environment. But also
How would you like to spring clean your health and fitness routine?
Thanks for reading,
Gemma Jayne x