Assess Your Spring Readiness
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
There is sunlight at the end of this winter’s tunnel. Early darkness and sub-zero temperatures are finally making way for a renewing spring feeling. Just as the change in season brings a fresh start, so should our fitness goals and plans.
Use the following tips to assess your readiness for spring.
Review your goals
As Lewis Carroll said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” Often times the New Year’s resolutions we set are forgotten by this point in the year. Use the welcome arrival of spring to freshen up your personal health and fitness goals. Maybe you have made progress towards your weight loss goal and need to aim for even more. Maybe your fitness has improved and you are ready to sign up for a spring running or biking event. No matter your original goal, it is always worthwhile to review your aspirations as you monitor your progress.
Training program overview
Now is the time to make sure the path you are following actually leads to where you want to go. Consider the type of progress you have made towards your goals. Ask yourself if you need to adjust the types of workouts you do, the amount of time you spend at the gym, and what changes you need to make to reach your end goal. If you are not sure how to answer these questions yourself, there is a fitness professional waiting to help. Complimentary fitness consultations and a few personal training sessions may be all you need to revamp your fitness routine and be prepared for a great spring and summer.
Moving more is one way to reach your health and fitness goals. However, moving better will get you there faster. Reducing the likelihood of pain and injury will allow you to train more and make better progress towards your goals. A movement analysis such as the Functional Movement Screen can quickly identify limitations, highlight your strengths, and give clarity to your training program. Understanding how well your body moves will give you the tools and confidence necessary to continue to make progress. Check to see if your local fitness facility offers movement screens and assessments so you can experience this valuable learning opportunity.
Scales do tell the truth, but not always the whole story. When assessing your overall health, take into consideration more than simply your weight. Working with a fitness professional to have a body composition analysis will give a better picture of your health. These tests may include body fat analysis, anatomical circumference measurements, and more. Understanding your body’s baseline measurements will allow you to better assess your progress further down the road.
Whether you self-assess every few days or every few months, taking time to do so will ensure you are heading in the right direction. Give yourself the flexibility and autonomy to adjust your personal health and fitness goals as they require. Make the changes you need, and enjoy the freshness and rejuvenation of spring.
Nick Rozek Greater Green Bay YMCA
East Side Healthy Living Director & Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist