Get That “Spring” in Your Step!

Now that winter is finally over, we can all focus on the joys of spring. For some, the nice weather is a reminder to get outside and start up a fitness routine, while for others (like myself) the warm weather is literally a breath of fresh air, after being cooped up inside the gym during the winter months. Springtime also welcomes a ton of races for runners—everything from color runs, to 5Ks, marathons and triathlons.

Whether you are brushing the dust off your sneakers, looking for an outdoor workout or preparing for your first race of the season, here are the top three things you can do in the spring!

If you have been thinking about signing up for that 5K…
A friend of mine told me she always wanted to run a marathon, but she has never been a runner, and didn’t know where to start. We spoke to another friend who advised her to start out with a smaller race and recommended the Couch to 5K app, which was created to help turn non-runners into 5K distance runners in just eight weeks. The app helped my friend successfully run her first 5K race, and she has already downloaded the follow up app, 10K to work toward her goal of running a marathon.

If you have been training indoors all winter…
Take it outside. If you have been exercising on the treadmill, elliptical or been taking Zumba and barre classes all winter, go outside and get a workout in. My personal trainer even surprised me with an outdoor training session the first nice day of the season. We took a few hand weights and kettle bells out with us and also used what was outside. It was a great way to switch up the routine and enjoy some fresh air.

If you want to train with a group…
Find a group to run or train with. Search for one on Facebook or do a Google search for one in your area. Training with a group not only holds you accountable, it also promotes consistency, motivates and allows you to learn from others. And as an added bonus—you may find some new friends that share your passion!

Some Tips on How to Stay Injury-free!
While there is no way to guarantee that you won’t injure yourself while training—there are things Stretchingyou can do to get your body as ready as possible for that run or training session.

  1. First, please stretch. Stretching helps improve flexibility and helps prepare muscles for work before activity (which helps decrease injury potential).
  2. I can’t say this enough, hydrating before, during and after exercise is vital, no matter your skill level. Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates the joints. If you aren’t properly hydrated, your body is unable to perform at your highest level. In addition, when you don’t properly hydrate you can experience muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue and other, more serious symptoms.
  3. Don’t over do it. Yes, you are enthusiastic and feel like you can do anything at the moment, but if you push to hard, and your body isn’t ready, you are at a greater risk for injury, which can set you back. Ask an expert and listen to your body, and if you feel like you pulled or strained something, stop and take a break.

But, if you do injure yourself…
Go see a medical professional and get some rest. When you are ready to get back out there, BRD Sport is always there to get you back in the game and offer you relief in motion. Get yours at www.brdsport.com.

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