3. Take care of the dirty work
Get excited about chores. Are you serious? How could cutting the grass, trimming the bushes, cleaning the gutters and spreading mulch be activities to look forward to? Consider the following: if not for these chores, would you be outside and getting into shape, or lounging on the couch with the A/C on? Like them or not, chores are a great way to give your body a kick start on warmer days. Weeding, pushing a mower, and other activities are great exercises for your upper body, especially for building endurance. Plus, if it’s a sunny day, you can work on that tan for the summer at the same time! (Just make sure to wear the sunscreen with a high SPF level).
4. Go for bursts of speed
Some call it cabin fever; others call it an energy jolt. It’s that random moment when you feel like running a four-minute mile, dunking a basketball, or bench pressing 300 pounds. So when this moment comes to you, take advantage. With the weather getting nicer and the days getting longer, the settings are just right.
The possibilities are endless. Jump on the bike. Throw on your running shoes and go. Pop in an exercise tape. Play some hoops with your kid or your roommate. Even a game of pickle in the backyard! Don’t hold back. Go ahead and push yourself because that’s what your body wants. Of course, it's important to warm up first and stretch, as well as to stop before the point of complete exhaustion. It may only take 15 minutes before you’re beat, but your body will be running on all cylinders and headed down the right track towards being healthy and happy.
This article was reviewed and approved by Joe Downie, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach.