April 2022. This article is independently written by Shelby Golding. All opinions given are hers. Shelby has been certified as a personal trainer and nutritional specialist since 2007. In 2008, she found her passion for writing about these topics and hasn't looked back.
When the warm weather finally arrives, you may start to feel a natural drive to get up and move. Ideally, you should add about 150 minutes of exercise per week. The easiest way to get at least the bare minimum is to add in a little bit every day. This rules out time as an excuse, but it also helps you build regular movement and exercise habits.
Spring Exercise and Movement
Pleasure-based habits, which trigger the release of the chemical dopamine in the brain, are tough to break. Keep reading to learn how to make exercise and movement a daily habit this spring.
1. Add Movement to Your Routine
2. Don’t “Workout,” Move
For example, gardening is considered moderate-intense exercise since you burn a whopping 300 calories an hour. You also enjoy whatever flowers or vegetables you plant throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
Other ideas for spring movement include joining an outdoor sports team, exploring local hiking trails, or improving your home. Even indoor activities like cleaning, cooking, and taking care of your kids burn calories. Any movement is better than none when it comes to your health!
3. Reward Yourself
Thankfully, exercise is also its own reward. Any time you initiate movement triggers the release of endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline, and endocannabinoid in the brain. A runner's high is an excellent example of this chemical release. Runners crave the high, which pushes them to run farther, faster, and longer. Once you build an exercise habit, you will find yourself craving exercise the same way you crave your favorite foods.
4. Set Up Reminders
Maybe you put a post-it note on your work computer that says, "get up and move!" Every time you see it, you have to stand up, stretch, and do 15 push-ups or ten jumping jacks. Setting a timed reminder on your phone is another easy way to incorporate a reminder into your routine.
You can also use a fitness app. Most modern fitness apps have built-in reminders to help you build your spring exercise habit. You may have to experiment with a couple of different types of reminders to find the time, place, and strategy that works for you. Get creative!
5. Start Small
Small movement habits that you enjoy are more valuable than two weeks of intense exercise. Maybe you start by walking 10 minutes every day or doing 5 minutes of yoga before you go to bed. Sustainability and consistency are your friends when adding exercise into your daily routine.
Your Spring Routine
So, make spring exercise enjoyable with these five tips and tricks. Find a time, reward, reminder, and type of exercise that makes you feel good, and stick to it! You never know where your spring movement habit could lead in time.
And show your body some compassion by taking care of any aches and pains you’re feeling as the weather warms up. Remember, you don’t have to deal with your pain alone – just apply your Kailo pain patch near the site of discomfort at any point in your day! A recent clinical study showed that a majority of patients stop medication when using Kailo for pain relief.
Disclaimer: Kailo should not be used if you have a pacemaker or if you are pregnant. Always consult your doctor or health care professional before using Kailo.