Spring tips to start an ex­er­cise rou­tine

The Catoosa County News - - WORSHIP DIRECTORY -

Spring is an ideal time to get ac­tive out­doors and kick­start a fitness reg­i­men that can carry you into beach and pool sea­son.

Need some mo­ti­va­tion? Try out these ideas for get­ting started and stick­ing with the pro­gram.

Get So­cial

A per­sonal trainer can be ex­pen­sive, but a friend is free and po­ten­tially just as mo­ti­vat­ing. Be­sides, a lit­tle friendly com­pe­ti­tion never hurt any­body. Find a buddy to join you for runs and hikes, and with whom to hit the new HIIT class -- that’s high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing -- or spot you in the free weights sec­tion of the gym. Join­ing an or­ga­nized run crew, cycling club or other fitness group can be an­other great way to keep your­self in­spired to move -- as these mee­tups can be fun so­cial events in ad­di­tion to a great work­out.

Gear Up

New wear­able tech­nol­ogy is not only fun, it can help you an­a­lyze your daily move­ment and work­outs. See how much progress you make with wear­able de­vices like the GBA800 Train­ing Timer, a wa­ter- and shock­re­sis­tant watch that comes equipped with a three-axis ac­cel­er­a­tion sen­sor track­ing your step count, a countdown timer that al­lows for up to 20 timer com­bi­na­tions, as well as 200-lap mem­ory. With the down­load of the ded­i­cated G-SHOCK Con­nected app to a smart­phone, the watch can even track move­ment and sup­port daily fitness. Em­ploy­ing a new al­go­rithm, the app dis­plays a graph break­ing down daily steps taken in each of five meta­bolic equiv­a­lent (MET) lev­els, from data based on your step count and walk­ing pace. It also dis­plays the ex­act lo­ca­tion and time where the wearer’s calo­ries were burned, while mea­sur­ing MET lev­els, mak­ing it use­ful for in­ter­val train­ing.

Give it a Pur­pose

Find your mo­ti­va­tion and ded­i­cate your work­outs to this pur­pose. One great way to do this is to sign up for a com­pet­i­tive ath­letic event that re­quires train­ing. Whether that’s an ob­sta­cle course, a triathlon or a 5k foot race, hav­ing such an event on your cal­en­dar will pro­vide the daily mo­ti­va­tion you need. Check out free train­ing plans that can of­fer you guide­lines for the best way to pre­pare for each type of event. Need fur­ther in­cen­tive? Use the event to raise money for a cause that mat­ters to you.

From new friends to new gear, you can make get­ting ac­tive this spring eas­ier with the right mo­ti­va­tional el­e­ments.

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