It is getting warmer outside and the itch to have outdoor activities is starting.

It is getting warmer outside and the itch to have outdoor activities is starting. There are a couple of things that you need to think about before heading out this spring to work out.
Set a schedule. If you took the winter off, make sure your schedule is attainable. In other words, you shouldn’t start off with five days of an hour apiece of cardio. Start small, three days a week for 30 minutes, and then work your way up to where you left off.
Keep your schedule handy. Do you look at your work calendar, your fridge, or maybe your phone more for reminders? Where ever it is, post weekly or daily reminders to work out.
Buy new clothes. If you are feeling in a rut or need some new inspiration, buying new workout clothes can’t hurt. You might be more inspired to go the the Y and work out if you have a cute new workout outfit to wear.  
Another thing to think of is, if you have been running or doing activities, your shoes are probably hitting 300-400 miles, which is the recommended trade-out time. In that case, it is time to buy new shoes as well.
While we are working on sticking to a routine and possibly getting new shoes, this is a good time to revamp your kitchen as well. It is that time of year that fruits and veggies are more in season, and farmers markets are about ready to start. Eating healthy gets easier and cheaper as the season progresses, so look out for specials and in season veggies and fruits to supplement your diet.  
As always, it is important to drink water and stay hydrated. If you are working out outside, it is even more important to keep water close and stay hydrated as the days get warmer.
While we are on it, getting outside and changing up your routine is a great thing to do this time of year as well.  When you are outside, don’t forget to put on sunscreen!
Don’t forget to reward yourself for all your hard work. After sticking with a routine for a few weeks, months give yourself a reward — a massage, new clothes, go out to a movie, whatever it is that you feel is a reward.    

Candace Davidson is the wellness director for the McPherson Family YMCA. She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and is an AFAA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor.