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Jump into Spring 'Fitness New Year'

March 25, 2015 12:24 am

As spring begins and outdoor temperatures rise, Americans are more inclined to get on track with their fitness goals. Celebrated as a time of renewal, experts say that many Americans renew waning physical fitness resolutions as spring arrives in anticipation of warmer months ahead.

"After more than forty years of practicing medicine and helping patients commit to fitness regimens, I've seen time and again that the start of spring marks 'Fitness New Year,'" says renowned cardiologist and fitness expert, Dr. James Rippe, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. "Warmer weather and longer days, combined with motivation to get in shape for summer activities and vacations, are now only weeks away, and people are more conscious of their appearance as they want to shake off winter fat, layers of clothes and cabin fever."

For those looking to "celebrate" Fitness New Year by renewing their exercise goals and committing to maintain personal health and wellness, Dr. Rippe recommends the following:

1. Set your motivation. Use spring and summer social events as "deadlines" for your goals. Whether it's a dress you want to wear to a wedding or a waist size you want to achieve before vacation or family reunion, setting a date will help keep you motivated and on-schedule.

2. Walk before you run. Be smart in how you start your path to fitness. Walk before you run or try pushups before lifting weights. Taking on too much too quickly risks injury that can derail your routine and discourage you from meeting your goal.

3. Joint health is essential. Joint health is key to overall health and wellness. Remember to properly stretch and nourish your joints, so your knees, elbows and back are strong enough to help maintain your activity level.

4. Make a plan.
Before embarking on a new fitness journey, seek resources on which supplements can best support an active lifestyle. Consult a physician about your physical health and conduct further research on ways to keep motivated and kick-start a daily fitness routine.

Fitness New Year marks the beginning of spring and renewal of fitness goals. By focusing on activities that fit individual lifestyles, nourishing the body with a proper balance of food and supplements and becoming knowledgeable about the benefits of physical activity, people of all ages can kick-off and maintain their Fitness New Year resolutions for many springs to come.

Source: Osteo Bi-Flex

Published with permission from RISMedia.