It’s time to come out of hibernation. The cold is receding (although the rain seems to be sticking around) and the weather is getting at least decent enough to start finally following up on those New Year’s resolutions to be fitter, healthier people.
However, this change brings with it spring fatigue. As a student’s body in the morning, it can take some time to wake up and get active and engaged. Here are a few tips to help you get past your spring fatigue.
1. Start Getting More Active
You might feel like exercising will only make you more tired, but it’s the opposite. Getting more active will help you boost your energy, whether it’s a morning workout or simply switching from a car to a bike for your commute. Exercising regularly also helps you get to sleep earlier, improving quality of sleep, meaning you’re much more refreshed in the morning.
2. Add Some Nutrition Back to Your Life
Comfort foods are for the cold, now it’s time to start choosing foods that strengthen and nurture you for spring and summer. A healthy, protein-packed breakfast, whether it’s eggs in any forms with veggies, a protein pancake or even oatmeal really does help you feel a lot more energetic throughout the day. Remember to stay hydrated during the day to avoid the headaches and fatigue that otherwise may strike.
3. Stop Talking About How Tired You Are
Your mindset matters. If you keep telling yourself how tired you are, then you’re going to feel exhausted, merely thinking about getting back into your training routine. Think and talk positively. Talk to workout buddies about getting back into it, start making workout plans, and get new gear if you need it. Pave the way for your return mentally.
4. Go at the Pace Your Body Dictates
Your body knows what’s up, so listen to it. If you’re feeling legitimately sleepy, not just fatigued, then it’s a good sign you need more sleep. If you’re aching too much after workouts, it might be time to dial it back and start with a lighter routine before building your way back up. Make a gradual and a triumphant return, don’t try to rush back into it only to burn out.
5. Get Away from It All and Enjoy Some Silence
When it comes to overcoming the stress and sheer mental noise of getting back into your usual work and life schedule, nothing works quite as well as taking some time to yourself. This might mean taking a break from the city and exploring some nature or spending time in the park. London, with all its vibe, colours and energy can become draining if you don't take some time for yourself, without the noise. It might mean doing housework while listening to chill music if that’s what relaxes you or getting back to the passion that led you to fitness in the first place, whether it’s a quiet morning jog, a game at the tennis court or a yoga session.
6. Don’t Neglect the Sun
The sun’s coming back so it seems a little rude to ignore it, no? Especially in London it's a treasure. Sunlight is your primary source of vitamin D. It’s the lower levels of vitamin D we are exposed to in winter that leads to spring fatigue in the first place. Get at least 20 minutes of full exposure to the arms, legs, and face with no lotion a day. Don’t get it when the sun is particularly intense, however. You don’t want to burn, after all. Aim for times between 7-11am in the morning or after 3-4pm in the afternoon.
The tips above can help you beat that spring fatigue and get back to the healthy active lifestyle that brightens your mood, makes you a more productive person and enables you to attain the shape you want. It’s time to wake up and get back to real life.
If you need direction on how to start working towards your fitness goals again, feel free to get in touch!
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