With spring right around the corner, it is time to ramp your cardio back up and to shake off the winter rust. It can be really tough to keep up with your cardio goals through the coldest parts of winter. Even if you have a great place to workout like Five Seasons Family Sports Club, sometimes it is just hard to motivate yourself to brace the cold just to get to the car! We know that there are always ups and downs in everyone’s physical fitness journey, and sometimes getting started back up can be the hardest step to take. If you are looking to get back into running and to shake off the cobwebs of winter, come into your local Five Seasons Family Sports Club Today.
Set a Goal
One of the most important parts of any successful exercise plan is establishing a goal or a set of milestones to hit. Depending on your fitness level, these goals can have a wide range of difficulties. If you have never done much running before, try setting a set of achievable goals and really hold yourself accountable for hitting those milestones. If you have a hard time keeping yourself motivated, we recommend Exercising with a friend or trying a personal trainer to keep you going.
If you are just getting started, set goals for the frequency you want to run, even if your goal is just running once a week, if you stick to that goal you will see your physical fitness improve over time. Your second goal should be to hit a specific time. If you are training for a race ranging from a 5K to a marathon, try setting a goal for your average mile time. If interval training is more what you are after, try setting a goal for your 100-meter or 50-meter dash. Hitting and eventually exceeding these milestones will give you the motivation to continue to push yourself.
Make a Plan
Another great motivator is to create a plan and a schedule that you have to stick with. Establishing a specific time to go to the gym and exercise will help keep you on track. Setting timelines can be one of your greatest assets. As humans, we are much more motivated when we know that we have something to prepare for. If you establish the goal of running in a 5K race in 2 months, you are giving yourself something to train for and creating a timeline to follow.
Don't do Too Much
Always remember that if you haven’t run in a while you should not dive in the deep end of training. It doesn’t matter if you were a former Olympic runner or a complete
Running is one of the best ways to burn calories and to develop great lean muscle tone. If you are interested in getting your cardio regimen back up and running this spring, come into your local Five Seasons Family Sports Club and meet with one of our expert trainers today!