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Spring Has Sprung, It's Time to Get Fit

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There’s nothing quite like this time of year. That’s because springtime isn’t just about the short sleeved T’s you can now bring out of your closet, or the sight of lemonade stands and baseball practice. Springtime is the one time of year when it is no longer too cold—nor is it too hot—to get fit, outdoors! Here are some great ways to boost your metabolism, lose those holiday pounds and get swimsuit ready, all while the kids are busy enjoying the swing set.

Understanding What Your Aiming For
Exercise is important for a healthy and happy life. It boosts your mood, decreases stress and even helps you to have a sound night’s sleep. Many people wonder how much is enough. Strive for thirty minutes of movement a day in order to get your heart rate up, and you are well on your way to a fit lifestyle!
To improve the state of your current heart health (or simply to shrink your waistline), you need to know your particular target heart rate. Subtract your age from 220, and there you have it—the magical number you’re aiming for. Engage in exercise such as lifting some weights (start with a weight you're comfortable with--not too strenuous, but with some resistance) for a few minutes. Place your fingers on your wrist and along the artery. Then, count to sixty, taking note of how many beats you have. If your heart rate is not where you’d like it to be, increase the intensity. Then, store the weights in your shed for a clutter-free backyard!

Push-Ups on Your Property
Working out at home is great because it does not cost you a monthly gym payment. Instead you're just making the most of your property! Head outside and get down on the ground. Make sure your hands are placed so that they are just a bit wider than your shoulder-width. Get your feet in a good stable position and lift your body up, so that your arms are fully extended, and down, so your chest nearly reaches the ground. Keep in mind that the motion should be smooth and consistent from your head to your toes.

If you’re new to this exercise, go easy and start with a few sets of 3 to 5 reps. Repeat daily, and as you gain strength, increase your reps and sets. This site offers great tips for perfecting your push-up.

Lunges on Your Lawn
Has your lawn been abandoned all winter? It’s time to take advantage of it by killing two birds with one stone! Think of your lawn as the primary spot for lunges, squats and sit-ups. It’s the best (and cheapest) way to get in athletic shape without all the fuss of heading to a gym. Start by standing in an upright position, with your legs shoulder width apart.
Starting with your right leg, step out in a wide stance, and bend your knee so that you’re using your thigh muscles to lunge forward. Come forward with your left leg so your legs are now back together. Lunge forward with your left, and repeat this exercise until you have walked back and forth on your lawn, 2 to 3 times, lunging all the way.

This sunny season isn’t just about getting outdoors. It’s about entering a period of rejuvenation. Spring into the spirit of exercise, and feel better about yourself, your body and the time you spend in the fresh, open air.

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