Spring Into ShapeWith Spring upon us there is no time or room for cold weather excuses for not working out, staying active or shaping up. Today, go and register for an early May 5K (3.11 miles) and begin training tomorrow. Start the session with 1 mile walk/runs until your legs build stamina. Lace up 3 to 4 days a week with 2 days of strength training in-between for the 1st week. The following week increase mileage to 2 miles and 3 miles for the subsequent week. Week 4 head to a track and add a few 400 meter intervals running up to 75% of your fastest pace.

During the training eliminate sugary drinks and enriched foods. Add more water, fruits, veggies and whole grains to your diet. Also reduce your alcohol consumption and put down the matches for the time being. Your circulatory system will need every strategic advantage it can get and smoking won’t help. For motivation ask a friend to join the quest or connect with a buddy that already runs.

Active.com will have local 5Ks in your city. Believe us, crossing that finish line sparks untapped euphoria needed to keep you coming back for more. Have fun!