DO YOU HEAR THAT?
It’s the sound of birds chirping, kids playing in the street, runners hitting the pavement, swimmers diving in, and cyclists cruising down the streets. Spring has sprung and many people are getting outside to get active!
With the longer days and warmer weather, that urge to get outside is at an all time high. What a better way to rejuvenate your fitness routine than doing it outside?
Before you dust off those sneakers and start exercising like a possessed demon, let’s take the time to prepare our body, (which let's face it - has most likely been more sedentary than usual). Here are our top five tips to get you ready!
1. PREP YOUR BODY
Be sure to do some mobility work for your ankles, hips, low back, and shoulders! Extended time indoors during the winter months causes all of these joints to get really stiff. Prep yourself by doing your CARS!
2. IT'S (NOT) LIKE RIDING A BIKE
Many jump back into their outdoor fitness routine, picking up where they left off the year before. Big mistake! The key is to start off slow and build your way back up. Trust us. Your body will thank you.
3. BE REASONABLE
Set a reasonable, attainable goal, be consistent and go get it! (see #2 again). For our favorite tips on goal setting, be sure to check out this blog.
4. GET MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Add more strength training than cardio. Ask any trainer or coach and they’ll tell you the same thing; the most bang for your buck is strength training, not cardio. 30 minutes of continuous strength training will get you back to where you need to be.
5. LISTEN UP
Listen to your body and don’t be stubborn! If your body is telling you it’s a little beat up...listen! Dial the intensity down, do some more mobility or movement work and prepare yourself to get back at it the next day.
Don't forget, you can get more strength and mobility tips on my Instagram and Facebook pages or YouTube channel.
ABOUT COACH MATT PIPPIN
Matt is a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Level 3 Fascial Stretch Therapist with over 15 years experience in his field. After years of playing sports as a child, Matt gained an interest in health and wellness and decided to pursue a career in strength and conditioning. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Exercise Science in 2005. During college Matt played rugby and interned as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the football team.
Post graduation, he worked with professional athletes as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for NFL Europe's Berlin Thunder. For 8 years, Matt worked in Chicago, IL at the East Bank Club as a Master Personal Trainer, Performance Coach and Fascial Stretch Therapist helping athletes and weekend warriors achieve their personal goals. Inspired by the overall quality and active lifestyle that California is known for, Matt and his wife Jennifer moved to San Diego in the summer of 2014 and haven’t looked back!
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Level 3: Fascial Stretch Specialist
Level 1: Institute of Motion Health Coach
Certified FRC Mobility Specialist (FRCms)