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Stepping Your Game Up For Spring in 3 Simple Steps

by: Stefan Simonovic

Spring is the perfect time to reassess your workout routine, goals, gear, and motivation. We don't want to go too deep into the latter because it may come from all sorts of desires, such as cougar dating, pain reduction or seeing the faces of your frenemies turn green when they look at your new body this summer.

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However, we do want to talk about your routine and goals, and what you can do this spring to step your game up and kill it in the fitness department like never before. We promise, no unattainable goals. Just setting the bar a little higher and seeing tremendous difference that makes to your physique and self-esteem.

#1: Upgrade Your Workout

If you spent all winter long doing yoga at home on Saturday morning, it’s high time to upgrade your workout to be in your best shape come summer. If you’ve been taking a beginner’s Pilates class, join the intermediate group or if you’re feeling pretty confident as it is about your shape give CrossFit a try.

It will activate the muscles you never knew you had, take your cardio to a whole new level, and introduce you to a figure you've never seen before in a matter of 2-3 months. Most gyms nowadays have a CrossFit cage, and you should opt for one open 24 hours a day so you don't need to worry about scheduled gym classes and whether they’d fit into your already packed workdays.

#2: Set New Fitness Goals

As you upgrade your workout, you should also set new fitness goals for the season. If your goal is to reach a certain weight, talk to a trainer at your gym about the exercises that you need to modify in your routine to build the muscles that will help you meet that goal.

If you want to drop a few pounds, definitely update your cardio routine and stock up on fresh produce, kissing frozen and processed foods goodbye. If you want a better overall physique, ask the trainers about specific exercises that will target the muscles that matter most in your desired appearance, such as the glutes, quads or biceps. Introducing swimming into your daily workout routine in the coming weeks is one of the healthiest and most effective exercises you can treat your body to.

#3: Change Your Running Shoes

Greet the spring with a pair of new sneakers that will help you meet your new fitness goals. You should change your running shoes every couple of years because they lose the support they once provided, and you risk injuring your ankles, especially if you play sports as a way of exercising.

If you’re an avid runner, you know how important sturdy yet comfy sneakers are, and after a while they all lose their firmness, interfering with your routine to a certain extent and with your fitness results.

Plus, the technological advancements that go into designing running shoes these days are nothing short of mind-blowing, which means every time you get a new pair you also capitalize on those developments.

About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.

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