Spring Into Action: Changes In Weather Change Your Activity Level

Spring is in the air, meaning more than just blooming flowers and chirping birds. It’s a natural nudge to be more active. In general, people are most active in the summer and less active in the winter.

Since your physical activity levels are starting to trend up, here are some fun ideas to try and tips on how to navigate the change.

 

Embrace the Great Outdoors:

  • Trade the treadmill for the trail: As the weather warms, escape the gym and head outside. Explore nature with hikes, bike rides, or even a walk or jog around the park. Soaking up the sunshine not only boosts your vitamin D levels but also enhances your mood and motivation.
  • Turn your park into your playground: Public parks offer many fitness opportunities. Utilize the equipment for bodyweight exercises, join a pick-up game of basketball, play a round of golf, or find an outdoor fitness class.

Incorporate Seasonal Activities:

  • Get active with seasonal sports: Participating in spring sports leagues such as volleyball, softball, pickleball, or tennis is a fun and social way to get moving. You’ll meet new people while engaging in friendly competition and getting some exercise.
  • Cultivate your green thumb: Gardening is a surprisingly active hobby. Digging, planting, and tending to your garden provides a full-body workout while connecting you with nature.

Navigating The Changes:

  • Spring clean your activity plan: Just like your home, your exercise routine might need a spring cleaning. Evaluate your current program, identify areas for improvement, and consider what new exercises or activities you’d like to add.
  • Don’t spring forward too fast: Spring is an exciting time with longer days, better weather, and new opportunities. Don’t take on too much too fast. Injuries from overuse and overtraining become more common when people ramp activity up too fast.
  • Celebrate your progress: Track your progress and acknowledge your achievements, no matter how small. This will keep you motivated and focused on your goals.

Spring is a season of growth. Let it be the catalyst for your own personal transformation. By embracing the outdoors, incorporating seasonal activities, and refreshing your routine, you can spring into action and experience the joy of a healthier and happier you.

If you would like an evaluation of your current exercise plan or need assistance in developing a new plan, Northern Rehab is here to help! And, of course, we’re always here for aches and pains from too much too soon or weekend warrior injuries from those spring sports.  Although it is important to keep your doctor informed about starting a new program, a physician’s prescription is not required to begin physical therapy treatment. Call us today at 815.756.8524 for more information or to schedule an appointment.