5 Ways to Spring Into Movement After a Long Winter

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spring-is-natures-wayIt happened overnight. Or at least it felt like it in Vermont. One day it was snowing and the next it was 80 degrees! Spring is always a great time at Green Mountain – our participants are pumped to get moving after winter and enjoy the sunshine. At home, you can, too!

Our Top 5 Tips for Springing into Movement after a Long Winter

1Organize a Lunch Group Walk at Work

It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy a little bit of spring sun. Many people find participating in group activities very motivating as it’s easier to keep each other on track (pun intended). Or, schedule a post-dinner walk with your family every night, even if it’s just around the neighborhood. Bonus: Studies suggest a walk after dinner is great for blood sugar management.

2Look for 5K Walk/Runs in Your Area

There are usually a ton at this time of year, and many are for walkers and runners. It’s a great way to meet up with friends, support a cause and get some exercise!

3Meet Friends for an Active Outing

Instead of gathering with friends for coffee or brunch,  meet at area parks with quick, easy trails. Mix them up to keep your travels interesting. Once a week, try packing a lunch and making a day trip out of it. Look for new trails for you and your dog, too!

4Try “New” Incentives to Get You Moving

Spring means renew, revitalize, refresh. Think about “new” things that can help you get moving. A new playlist? A new pair of walking shoes? A new iPod? If it will get you moving again, think of it as an investment in your health.

5Look at Spring Cleaning as Exercise, Too

Cleaning out the garage, working in your garden, raking, sweeping, shining, you name it. It’s all movement and it all counts.

How do you get moving after a long winter? Are have you been moving all along? Do tell!

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