Hey hey! Spring is here! Its a time for renewal, rockin' the latest bright fashions, shedding layers, and ofcourse- Spring cleaning! That can apply not only to reorganizing your closet, but to tossing out unhealthy habits and shedding those layers of unsightly flab you may have acquired over the last couple months.
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Santa Ramona Valley's very own Celebrity fitness trainer and public Figure, Fawnie Dimple, to discuss the matter. During our chat, I asked her for some tips on getting in shape and healthy for Spring!
Fawnie is not only known for her fitness and nutrition expertise over at the Rock Hard Gym, but also her killer body and fashion sense! She was recently featured in 'Glamour' magazine, making the cover wearing a beautiful piece from Versace's Spring-summer 2019 collection.
-I have to say, I'm loving the red and gold on her! Slay, girl, slay!
Heres what she had to say!
Spring Fitness training Tips from Fawnie Dimple:
"1. Identify your main reason
Getting in shape does not always mean losing weight. Perhaps you just want to feel better about yourself, have more energy and know that you’re doing something good for your body. If you pin point the main reason why you want to get fit, it will help you power through a tough workout or give you the willpower to say “no thanks” to the donuts your co-worker brought to the office.
2. Set a Schedule but Be Realistic
If you haven't been working out much in the last 6-8 months, don't write down that you'll do outdoor cardio exercises for 30 minutes a day, six days a week. You'll only find yourself getting frustrated and will be more likely to give up on your workout program. Post your exercise plan in places you'll look frequently, like the calendar app on your smartphone or at your desk at work.
2. Get a buddy!
You're more likely to stick with your plan if you've got a partner in crime. Choose someone who has similar goals who's schedule fits with your own. Your best bet: Get together at the same time four days a week, whether it's before work or just before dinner.
3. Get new Running kicks!
If you've been hitting the gym (and the treadmill) all last winter and earlier this season, chances are, you're due for a new pair. Most running shoes last somewhere between 300 and 400 miles—but if you use them to walk around or do other parts of your gym routine, that wear and tear counts, too! .
4. Eat nutrient dense food
Forget counting carbs and calories; instead, focus on fueling your body. If you are eating nutritious foods with as few ingredients as possible — fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy and clean proteins — you’re treating your body well. This spring, try some delicious and healthy recipes that will have you feeling refreshed and have fun with it
5. Give your pantry a makeover!
Still have that tin of popcorn from the holidays or a box of chocolates and treats from Valentine's Day? Get rid of them. And while you're at it, throw away other foods low in nutritional value, like chips, pretzels, sugary cereals, white bread and, yes, even those 100 calorie snack packs (a and restock it with more nutrient dense alternatives.
6. Protect Your Skin
It's heating up, you'll be heading outside again and showing more skin. This means more sunshine (and vitamin D, which is a good thing), but it also means that you're exposed to harmful UV rays. Rub waterproof lotion with at least SPF 30 or more over all exposed areas of your body. Don't forget easy-to-miss areas like behind your ears, the back of your neck and the crease near your underarms. This also applies to my fellow black folks! We may not burn as easily but melanoma doesn't discriminate so we're still at risk!
7. Pump Up Your Playlist
Still listening to the same tracks from December? Do some "spring cleaning" by downloading a fresh workout playlist to get you going. I prefer upbeat and fun tunes for cardio sessions and more aggressive and carnal stuff for weight training sessions!
6. Jump Rope or go skating!
Heading outside and doing one of these favorite childhood "workout" can burn about 208 calories in just 20 minutes. Add other outdoor cardio exercises like walking lunges, short sprints, and jumping jacks, and you've got yourself a circuit program you can do right in your backyard.
7. Stay Hydrated
Drinking more water is one of the simplest ways to achieve a healthier you. Proper hydration aids digestion, refuels our bodies for upcoming workouts, boosts energy, nourishes the skin… the list of benefits goes on and on. Keep a water bottle at your workplace as a constant reminder to drink more H2O, or carry a water bottle with you. The weight of a heavy water bottle will remind you to do your best to empty it!
8. Revamp Your Workout Wardrobe
Still sweating it out in cotton T-shirts? Dump the worn-out workout duds and replace them with trendy or cute shorts, tanks and tees in breathable, wick fabrics. While you're at it, update your sports bras, too. A typical bra has a lifespan of about six months, although hand-washing can make them last longer.
9. Stretch it Out
The best way to prevent injury is to stretch before and after your workouts. Here's how it's done: Warm up with 10 minutes of light outdoor cardio exercises, then do dynamic stretching—as in, stretching while moving. This includes lunges, touching your toes and walking your hands forward, swinging your legs while standing and twisting from side to side. After your workout, complete "static" stretches—a.k.a. your typical "touch and hold" routine. Yoga, Pilates, and dance classes are also great ways to stay flexible.
10. Sex it up!
Yes, you heard me. Having at least 4-5 good ol' passionate 'romps' a week is fun way to burn access calories, release some stress, and endorphins which will help with your mood.
11. Don’t think of health as a punishment
Find physical activities and nutritious meals and snacks that you actually enjoy and feel rewarding. This is exactly what your health should be — a gift, something that makes you feel healthy and happy. "
All of those tips seem simple enough to me. I can't wait to incorporate them into my own routine! Especially number 10.