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Spring Exercise Tips

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Spring is the perfect time to refresh your exercise routine.
Spring can be the perfect time to begin a new fitness program, whether you've been sedentary all winter, or simply need a change of pace. Refreshing your exercise routine may include taking your workout outdoors, or alternatives to your normal workout, such as taking up a sport or tackling projects around your home. With a little preparation, your spring exercise routine can help you stay fit and healthy for the rest of the year.

Set Realistic Goals
o Take your current fitness level into account before beginning a new spring workout routine. If you didn't work out much during the winter, Shape Magazine recommends starting out slowly, as you get back in shape. Commit to exercising regularly and increase your intensity as your fitness level improves.

Take Your Workout Outdoors
o If you've spent the winter working out indoors, you may enjoy trying something new, or adapting your current workout to the outdoors. For example, if you normally walk or jog on a treadmill, try walking around a track, a park, or your neighborhood. If you've been working out on a stationary bike, you may enjoy riding a regular bike on a local bike trail. To make these workouts even more fun, invite your friends or family to join you.
Take Up a Sport
o Try a new sport, or take up one you used to enjoy. Playing a sport can break up the monotony of your workout routine by providing a great workout, as well as fun and a connection with others. Shape recommends tennis and golf as good outdoor workout options.

Protect Your Skin
o It's easy to forget sunscreen when the weather's mild, but your skin needs protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays year-round. Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, to all exposed areas of your body when working out outdoors, suggests Shape. Choose a waterproof variety to keep sunscreen from running when you begin to sweat.
Treat Seasonal Allergies
o Outdoor workouts can bring on, or worsen seasonal allergies, because pollen and mold counts are high in spring. If you suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose or itchy, watery eyes, your doctor can recommend a treatment option, such as an antihistamine or decongestant. Many prescription and non-prescription options are available

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