While many Americans are familiar with the rush of physical training efforts that occur alongside New Year’s resolutions, health and wellness coach Doug Zimmerman, believes that spring may be an even greater time to commit to making these changes. As the owner of his own personal training company, known as Body by Douglas, Zimmerman is committed to helping clients understand the benefits of regular exercise, fitness varieties and the importance of adopting a healthier lifestyle.
In regards the emergence of spring, Doug Zimmerman notes that many individuals who are falling behind on their fitness goals may want to adopt a new approach for what a recent article from Shape Magazine has deemed, “physical spring cleaning.” In response to the Shape article, Zimmerman encourages the public, “Well it’s that time again, and spring is here! Now is the perfect opportunity to reevaluate those New Year’s fitness resolutions and see how well you are holding yourself accountable. One thing to remember when setting any sort of resolution or goal is that they are smart, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-sensitive. Ask yourself, ‘Are my fitness goals smart?’”
So what makes springtime different than training in any other season? According to Zimmerman, spring is a season encouraged by a sense of positivity; specifically, as nature flourishes and weather becomes more favorable, more people are thinking about being outdoors. This change gives individuals a chance to look at new health goals—such as getting in top form for a summer bathing suit—and explore a variety of outdoor activities. However, Zimmerman notes that while this season may prove welcoming, it is not without risk and individuals should take certain precautions before engaging in springtime fitness plans.
For example, he notes that those who do opt to pursue new fitness opportunities through outdoor recreation must find ways to protect themselves from the damaging UV rays put off by the sun. Zimmerman points to Shape Magazine which suggests, “Now that it’s warming up, you’ll be heading outside again. This means more sunshine (and vitamin D, which is a good thing), but it also means that your skin is exposed to harmful UV rays. Rub waterproof lotion with at least SPF 15 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.”
Spring is also a time to reassess current fitness products, as Zimmerman explains, “Fitness is all about feeling comfortable and enjoying the exercise. This means that springtime fitness buffs will want to shop for new clothing that breathes well and is accommodating to the approaching heat of the summer.” Along the same lines, Shape Magazine encourages that those returning to fitness invest in a new pair of running shoes. The article states, “If you’ve been hitting the gym (and the treadmill) all winter, 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. Go to a running specialty store to get fitted, and have them look at your gait/pronation to find the best shoe for you.”
While the spring season may offer enough vitality and encouragement to force some individuals back to the gym or outdoors for physical activity, Doug Zimmerman explains that sometimes these factors are not enough. He states, “Making the return to fitness can be quite challenging, so it is essential for individuals to obtain the right support system to ensure they continue to follow their goals.” For instance, Shape suggests that individuals turn exercise into a social opportunity and work out with friends, teams or fitness groups. Zimmerman adds that getting a physical trainer can help one not only gain encouragement, but understand new approaches to fitness and ways to stay on track with motivation to achieve specific fitness goals.
Although the transition from winter to spring may prove quick, Zimmerman also notes that those who have not worked in a while should not rush back into a fitness plan. “Before resuming or starting a comprehensive fitness plan, it is essential to assess one’s current health needs. It is always recommended that any individual seek a physical from a trusted doctor and gain approval for a certain level of fitness training before making any new commitments,” Doug Zimmerman concludes.
Doug Zimmerman is a health and wellness coach from Clearwater, Florida. He helps others age gracefully through personal fitness training, behavior modification, and nutrition counseling. He began his professional career at the age of 19 as a fitness model and was able to turn his passion for looking and feeling his best into a program to help others achieve their lifestyle goals. He now owns his own company Body By Douglas through which he offers personal training packages, personalized meal plans, life coaching and much more.