Spring is finally here and it’s the best time of year to get outside and start training to hit your next goals, or to simply get moving. That’s always easier said than done after a long winter, but we’ve put together a list that helps keep us motivated all year long.
Morning routines work. Being prepared leaves no room for excuses (and means you can hit the snooze button one more time). Set out your workout clothes the night before, have your cold brew ready and crush it in the a.m. That leaves the rest of the day to feel good about hitting your goal, plus you will enjoy the extra energy.
Not a morning person? Join an evening and weekend training group to stay accountable. It makes training a social experience and you can cheer each other on during the hardest exercises. Plus, the food and beer after workouts are always enticing.
Stay positive. Track your progress and take it slow if you need to, all of our bodies are different, as well as our fitness levels. Put your goals in writing. Throughout the month glance at them and see what progress you’ve made. Remember, it’s about the journey not the destination.
Have you always wanted to try that one thing, but you never had the time or you thought you couldn’t do it? There’s no time like the present. Sign up for a new fitness class or hike a tough trail. In fact, why not add that 50K trail race to your spring roster?
Let’s face it, not every workout or training session is the best, but there are ways to stay in the present and help keep you motivated. Unplug. Set down your phone and explore a new place. Appreciate a view in-person rather than on your phone screen.
Keeping the momentum going and staying active is part of the equation to make training part of your routine, so make it fun. Take a break to enjoy time with friends and family outdoors. Plan a camping trip, visit a park or walk to dinner.
Don’t be afraid to get dirty. Trek through the mud during a trail run, or dig your tires in deep on the path. Part of training is having fun. No matter what your favorite activity is, forgetting that you’re exercising is the best way to have fun and stay motivated.
Even if your competing against yourself to get your next PR, a little competition never hurt anyone. Enter a fun adventure race or competition to push yourself to new limits. You won’t regret it either way.
Build your own motivational playlist and upgrade your workout gear. When you look good, you feel good. Plus, the tunes will get you pumped and ready to dominate your workout. Need some tips on finding the best performance socks for your spring training? Learn more about Compression and Cushion options, or shop by your favorite activity here.