Spring Clean Your Diet and Exercise Routine
By Ali Struhs
February 27, 2015
Often we get so wrapped up in marking things off of our spring cleaning checklist – wiping down the walls and trim, laundering curtains and bedding, and sweeping the front porch – that we forget we might need to do some spring cleaning of our own diet and exercise routine, too. After you’ve let the fresh air in the house and thoroughly dusted, mopped, and scrubbed every nook and cranny, here are a few tips to get started on another spring project, a new healthier lifestyle for you.
Clean the pantry and refrigerator
If Valentine’s Day chocolates are still sitting around in the pantry, throw them in the garbage. Review the boxes of snacks, crackers, and chips you keep in the pantry and toss anything that is past expiration, stale, and, of course, is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Eliminate fattening, high-calorie foods from your refrigerator, too. Then, replace these unhealthy eats with fresh spring fruits and vegetables, like asparagus and strawberries.
Spruce up your gym routine
Are you stuck in an exercise routine rut? The treadmill and elliptical can get boring quickly, so this spring, make it a fitness goal to try at least three new fitness classes. Take a shot at the circuit machines for some resistance training that will target and tone your muscles. Give a group exercise class a try for cardio training that’s more exciting than running on the treadmill for an hour. You might even meet a new workout friend that will help keep you motivated. Or, skip the gym altogether and take advantage of sunny spring weather by going on a bike ride, jog, or hike. Bring the family along, too, for a fun outdoor activity!
Workout wardrobe sweep
During your household spring cleaning, you probably donated a box of old clothes, but did you take a look at your workout clothes, too? Pants that are too big, socks with holes in the heel, and tank tops with stains need to go! Clean out old gym clothes and then purchase a few new key pieces to refresh your workout wardrobe. Even a pair of new running shoes can be just enough motivation to get you started on a new weight loss journey this spring.
Refine your rewards
If the new season isn’t incentive enough to begin a new diet and exercise routine, take a look at how you reward yourself along your weight loss program. Select new, exciting springtime-themed rewards that interest you, like a new swimsuit for summer, a new pair of strappy sandals, or a manicure in spring’s hottest shade after you’ve reached one of your goals.