Transition Yourself from Winter to Spring


March 21, 2013

Winter to Spring FitnessIt has been a long cold winter. Thankfully spring has finally arrived and warmer weather is on the horizon. As we come out from hibernation, it may be time to give our bodies a spring tune-up.

Preparing now for the transition to summer will make things easier when it comes time to get into your bikini. Whether its cutting back on calories, cutting down on sweets or alcohol a few times per week, or adding 10 minutes per week to your exercise routine, there are numerous little things you can do daily that add up to make a big difference.

If you, (like many of us) spent the winter by the fireplace, cut back on your running or skipped workouts all together, it may feel like your starting from scratch. Here are some tips to help ease you back into your routine and burn extra calories while you’re at it!

Start a garden– Maintaining your garden requires a fairly significant amount of physical labor, which helps burn calories, build muscles, and improve muscle function. You are more likely to eat fresh, seasonal foods when you have the convenience of homegrown vegetables in your backyard. Planting your crop in early spring will allow for positive vegetation and mental effect because you can see what hard work you’ve accomplished.

Go for a daily walkDeliver your messages in person all day at the office, do a couple laps around the super market before starting your shopping list, or walk around your neighborhood after dinner. The Centers for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking per week. By pushing yourself to get in a minimum of 20 minutes per day, you can begin to notice signs of weight loss and reduce your risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.

Cut down alcohol consumptionDon’t forget, alcohol does contain calories and not just a few either. The size of the drink, what you are drinking and your hunger level all have an outcome on your alcohol intake. Don’t drink to quench thirst. Drinking on an empty stomach can make alcohol hit the brain faster. Reducing alcohol intake will both limit amount of calories consumed and the amount of hangovers the can keep you from the gym.

Focus on what you’re eating.  Overall, eating fewer calories is much more effective than trying to burn the calories through exercise. Focus more on what you are putting into your body. Eating a protein- rich omelet filled with veggies, like spinach and tomatoes for breakfast will make you feel full for a longer period of time. Svelte is a great meal replacement drink when you are on the go. Rather than the drive-through, grab a Svelte protein drink, with only 9g of sugar. It provides you with a ton of protein and fiber. The non-dairy, gluten free and all natural organic ingredients serves perfectly for an in between meal boost.

Although these tips may seem self evident, many people do not put them to use on their own. Allow yourself time to get back into shape gradually and safely. Make sure to hydrate, eat healthy, and enjoy yourself! Check out our coupon page to get a deal on your first Svelte and see how it’s #justyourstyle.

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