Did you know about 40% of everything we do is out of habit? In other words almost half the time, we’re operating on instinct and following in-built neural habits. When Spring hits, we typically feel an urge to ditch a few winter habits and spring clean our health and fitness. Why? Because the weather is changing, the sun is up earlier, the flowers are blooming, the sunsets are amazing and active weekend adventures are calling our name! Buuuut we’re feeling a little sluggish and slow from some of those comforting winter habits we’ve collected…. totally normal, totally ok, totally spring clean-able! ?
Here are some spring switches we suggest.
Winter ditch: Workout 1-2 times per week
Spring hitch: Workout 3-4 times per week
WHY: It’s great to wind things back a little throughout winter, give your body a break and just maintain some level of consistency, but spring can be a wicked time to get your fitness back into gear! Set yourself a spring training goal – for example moving your body for at least 60 minutes each day, or planning for 3-4 workouts a week rather than 1-2. One of the main aims of our TAKE 5 FOR BODY & MIND initiative this year was this exact habit switch! We’ve set our girls the goal of attending 15 BUF workouts over 5 weeks. Reaching this goal puts them in the draw to win some wicked prizes!
Winter ditch: Sunday Rest Day
Spring hitch: Sunday Adventure Day
WHY: When the weather’s cold, cuddling up on the couch with a good movie seems like the perfect day off, but now the temperature’s rising and your goals have changed, your body’s craving movement, so reward yourself with active pursuits, not couch time. We highly recommend City Walking Tours with Oh Hey WA, Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Sunset SUP, bushwalking adventures with Off The Beaten Track WA (we’re heading to their 16km Bibbulumn Track Bushwalk on October 27th), or giving Trail Running a go with Perth Trail Series (we’re heading to their WOMENS ONLY trail run on December 1st)! Get out there girls!
Winter ditch: Indoor Training
Spring hitch: Outdoor Training
WHY: Spring sunshine, cool breeze, greenery, blue skies, flowers blooming… bet you haven’t seen these guys in awhile. What better reward for your daily workout than an awesome view? Plus, research proves just 10 minutes of outdoor activity is enough to lift your mood for the entire day. You know we’re in!
Winter ditch: Workout After Work
Spring hitch: Workout Before Work
WHY: Not only does sweating before you hit your desk give you a bit of “you time” before the day begins, it also kick-starts your metabolism and because you’re less likely to have unexpected work ‘stuff’ (hello deadlines and meetings) pop up and disturb your workout plans at 6am, it’s the best way to create a new daily workout habit.
Winter ditch: No Backup Plan
Spring hitch: Always Ready With “Plan B!”
WHY: In winter, if your Plan A goes astray, it’s all too easy to opt for home and couch! If you forget your shoes for run training, do yoga instead. Muscles sore from your first week back at training? A walk is on the cards. Too rainy to go outside? Have a home workout ready to roll (BUF Girls remember we post follow along at home workouts weekly in our private facebook group!). Literally write down your Plan B for every scheduled workout you have planned.
Winter ditch: Solo Sweat Sessions
Spring hitch: Group Training
WHY: The people you surround yourself with regularly will determine your success and there’s no better time to find a group of motivated, goal-driven people striving for fitness wins than in the spring time. If you don’t have a local fitness community that inspires you, seek out the help of a passionate personal trainer to keep you on track. Positive energy is infectious and having some accountability is always a winner!
Winter ditch: Dress Warm
Spring hitch: Dress For Fun
WHY: Those winter layers have got to go! When you feel good, you workout better. Go visit our good friends at Favourite Daughter and treat yourself to a cool new pair of tights/shoes, or if you’re saving your pennies for Christmas just grab a few cheap and bright new singlets to make your workout feel brand new. BUF Girls be sure to check out the new merch we’ve got coming this Spring!
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