It’s That Time…Again

red butterfly   Yes…spring is in the air.   And even though the Windy City hasn’t felt its consistency, we’re hoping the snow & ice have departed.

First, I apologize to my followers.  While my excuse doesn’t excuse me, I’ve been taking classes to better prepare me for what I’ve chosen to do.  That is–full-time nurse personal training consultant.  It’s a mouthful.  However, as stated before, I see a need that goes generally unfulfilled.  I want to fill that void; putting my skills as a nurse to work, in the personal training & nutrition arena.   Courses in Clinical Neurology, Exercise Physiology, and Nutrition for Disease Prevention, as well as the upkeep of continuing education to maintain my RN licensure, proved more time-consuming than previously thought.  Throw in my son’s track schedule, family life, and–well, you get the idea.

Anyway, I’m back.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG–MAKE SURE YOU DON’T

Most of us who run and live in climates where temperatures dip to 20 degrees and below, may not always brave these frigid conditions, to keep step outside.  I know I don’t.  And while this may border on sacrilege to some, I actually enjoy running on the treadmill.  When outside, I never run with music.  On a treadmill I can relax; secure in my surroundings–and can get going to my eclectic taste of the day.

However when I do get outside this time of year, I’ve noticed a few things.  First, many of us seem to share that same pained look, running outside the first few times.  Second, I see a lot of “boot camps” promising to whip you into shape–just in time for bikini season.

I’d like to address the latter first.

I enjoy exercise; and for the most part, heart pumping, work up a great sweat, exhausting exercise.  That doesn’t mean that this type of conditioning is for everyone.  If you haven’t worked out for a while, be prepared.  How? Ease into a fitness regime.

Just like those of us returning to our favorite trail, it takes time.  Starting off slow, will ensure you keep to your routine and avoid injury.  Yes I know, you’re longing to wear those orange hot pants the first day of June.  But slipping them over an ace bandage or leg cast kind of negates the look.

What are my tips for getting back into the swing of things?  What should you look for in a boot camp?  What should you avoid?  Stay tuned boys and girls, I’ll cover that next post.  As I said before, I’m back.

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.

 

 

 

 

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