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Spring into Your Weight Loss and Health Goals

tara_opt_1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY TARA ZIMLIKI

For most of us spring is the time to get outdoors more often and get in touch with nature.  Spring cleaning in your home, landscaping your property, and just moving around in the
warmer weather all contribute to burning more calories.  Evidence shows that it is easier to lose weight in the spring for this reason.

To spring into your weight loss and health goals, here are some tips that can get help you to lose weight, tone and be ready for bathing suit season!

Outside your home

Create your own garden plot.  This not only increases your daily activity but also sets the stage for wonderful organic vegetables in late spring and summer. You cannot get more locally grown than from your backyard!  Because vegetables differ as to when they're ready to harvest, it's possible to have various types of greens early and many others as the growing season progresses.

To learn more about gardening look into joining a community gardening club where you will get great tip and lessons.  If you don't have a garden or room for a garden in your yard, support your local farmer's market.  Even regular grocery stores have locally grown produce and they often have weekly specials on whatever is in season.

In your neighborhood

Get out for a bike ride.  You do not have to be an expert cyclist with “click in” shoes to get out for a high calorie burning bike ride.  If you’re an experienced cyclist that is great but if not you can still go for a calorie burning bike ride and enjoy your neighborhood. 
Greet your neighbors as you get a workout in.  If you do not have a bike or you are not
interested in using yours just get out your sneakers for a walk, jog or run. My daily runs are the best part of my day. 
Aside from burning calories I feel such a stress relief during and after my run.  Along with millions of runners, I have become addicted to this euphoric feeling that running provides!

In your local area

Sign up to walk or run a 5k charity race this spring.  Spring is the best season for running and walking races because there is a race nearly every weekend and the weather is
perfect for racing.  Spring racing provides cool temperatures which are definitely more forgiving on your body.  This will also expedite your weight loss goals as you will now have a race to train for.  Allow yourself 2-3 months to train for your first race.  And the best motivation for running or walking this race will be you are supporting a charity in need of your help!

At the park

Go to your local park to play tennis, basketball, or volleyball.  Yes this does require some preplanning as you need a opponent to play these activities but it is well worth the planning!  These activities burn between 500-700 calories per hour and are a lot of fun!

On your front porch

While the kids are playing in the front yard you can tone up while sitting down with Seated Leg Lifts. While reading your favorite book, raise your calf so it is in line with your thigh, alternating legs for 10 raises on each side. Repeat for 3 sets of 12 on each side.

Elevating your heart rate even for 30 seconds at a time allows your body to burn more calories throughout the day.

Spring can be a great time of year to recharge your weight loss efforts. Take advantage of the warmer weather and incorporate regular activity into your schedule and fruits and vegetables from your backyard!  Make some springtime resolutions as your prepare for swimsuit season. Make it part of your daily schedule to go for a walk in the evening. It's a great way to see your community, burn some calories, and you will feel great!  There is nothing better than fresh air! After your walk (or before), prepare a salad picked from your yard as part of your dinner.

Embracing spring can be a great way to enjoy the change of seasons, shed winter weight, improve your health and boost your immune system!

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Tara Zimliki is a nationally recognized weight loss expert, personal trainer, health coach, health writer and founder of Tara’s Bootcamp, the Premiere Bootcamp of New Jersey.  Tara has 9 years of experience in helping countless clients lose weight, better their health and change their lives. Tara’s practices what she preaches in all aspects of fitness and health and for this reason she is a trusted trainer that produces results. For more information on Tara visit www.tarasbootcamp.com and for tips on health, nutrition, motivation and workouts visit her motivational sister site www.funfitmama.com


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