Spring is definitely in the air and we are all excited to enjoy outdoor activities in this beautiful weather. But are you really ready for spring? Check in with yourself for a minute. Did you stay active and eat healthy all winter, or like a lot of us, did you hang out on the couch, binge-watching Netflix and loading up on comfort food?

If you stayed the course during the cold weather months, good for you! Tell us your secret for staying motivated. Seriously. Tell us. If you fall into the second category, don’t despair! All is not lost. Just give your body some time to get back into the healthy rhythm of spring. Above all, don’t try to correct every bad habit at once. Just make one change at a time.

How do you do that? You can start by writing a list of all the changes you’d like to make. Once your list is created, come up with 2-3 ways you will work toward each item on the list and give yourself a week to master each step before you add the next one. If you need a little nudge in the right direction, here are some items you might want to add to your list:

  1. Regulate your sleep cycle. This includes going to bed and waking up at a consistent time and getting 6-8 hours of good sleep every night.
  2. Get back to healthy eating. Cut back on sugar and empty carbs. Add in more vegetables, fruits and lean protein.Cut back on caffeine.
  3. Drink more water. A good guideline is to drink half your current body weight in ounces. (If you weigh 150 lbs, drink at least 75 ounces of water per day.)
  4. Get some gentle exercise in. At least 30 minutes each day. Increase the time when it gets too easy. Take your gym shoes to work and walk at lunch. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park as far away from the front door as you can. Your dog sure wouldn’t mind if you doubled up on walking time!
  5. Plan for a long term goal. Sign up to run/walk a 5K that’s a few months off. Schedule a date with friends to hit a local hiking trail. Make plans to take up a new activity: kayaking, rock climbing, goat yoga, whatever sounds good to you. We won’t judge! Making exercise a fun part of your life will hold your interest longer than the dreaded 5:00 am gym date. ***Unless you’re really into that-remember, we aren’t gonna judge!
  6. Check in with your friendly neighborhood chiropractor. Dr. Brad has lots of great ideas for getting active and he will make sure your spine is up for the task, as well as your head and shoulders, knees, and toes! (Just wanted to see if you were paying attention.)

Build in rewards as you cross items off your list. Get a massage, take a “mental health day,” buy some new workout clothes or a new paddle for your kayak. How about some new sunglasses? Take a stroll through your local sporting goods store for inspiration.  If that store happens to have a ferris wheel, by all means, take a ride.

Now, you’re ready to get active! Just remember to break it down and take one step at a time. Make a plan, write it down and love yourself through it. If you try to change everything overnight, you could end up getting discouraged and land back on the couch, sidelined for the season. We don’t want that. You are a winner and you deserve to keep winning! Get out there…