It’s hard to believe, but this weekend we “Spring Forward” on the clocks and we are heading back at longer, warmer days. Although it is not officially Spring, the anticipation of it is definitely in the air!
That means it time to check in on how your Spring Training went over the past few months. In October 2020, I invited you to write down your plan for how you were going to use exercise over the Winter to be ready for enjoying Springtime fun. Here are the questions I asked:
- What do I want to be able to do in the Spring of 2021? Choose a physical activity that you enjoy or is important to you. Maybe enjoying a hike with family members or doing the gardening with more ease.
- What do I need to be able to do those activities? Strength? Stamina? Mobility? This will help you decide what types of exercise are most important to you this winter. We generally need a mix of all three but which is your body needing most?
- What types of exercise can I do indoors to get more strength, stamina, and mobility? Fortunately there is a wide array of online exercise opportunities right now for cardio and for strength . If you are a UMass Memorial Weight Center patient, you have access to our very own online exercise courses for free.
- When will I do these types of exercises? Make a plan a and a plan b so you have a set schedule with some flexibility for the normal changes in life. Remember, small bouts work just as well as one longer bout. Be creative with how you fit exercise into your schedule
- How can I connect what I am doing for exercise with what I want to do in Spring? A picture of someone hiking or a plant to remind you of your garden? In those short dark cold days of winter, you are going to need a reminder that spring is coming and you will be ready!
This week it’s time to check in. How did it go? Write down what worked and what didn’t work. Put it in your calendar for October 2021 when we plan our Spring Training again. Whether you achieved your goals or not, this learning means that in the Fall you will be setting smarter goals and plans.
If you accomplished what you set out to when you made your plan in the Fall, congratulations!
If you did not, there is no time like the present to get started. Start small and progress gradually, giving your body time to adapt but you can still help your body have more stamina, strength and mobility for all those fun Springtime and Summertime activities!
Add your comments below about what you discovered this Winter about how to stay motivated so you are ready for Spring.
Keep Moving, Be Well!