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April showers bring May flowers might be true but if you are not prepared for the changing seasons you might find yourself left out in the cold or feeling overheated. Do you own the right workout attire?

We all have cabin fever. The sunshine is like a beacon calling us out of hibernation to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.  The spring, in my opinion, is the best weather to workout in. The temperature is not too hot or too cold.

First do you have the right gear?

Buy New Running Shoes: 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.

Update Your Workout Wardrobe: Still sweating it out in cotton T-shirts? Throw away worn-out workout duds and replace them with shorts, tanks and tees in breathable, wick fabrics. Staying dry is essential to staying comfortable during workouts. When selecting the layer that goes against your skin look for materials that “wick” sweat away from the body. Check the labels for fabrics made from wool blends, silk or synthetics such as polypropylene. Avoid cotton because it absorbs and holds sweat against the skin, making you colder. Also ladies update your sports bras, a typical bra has a lifespan of about six months, although hand-washing can make them last longer.

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Now you are ready to work out! Try this outdoor workout to get you back on track!

Find a track or stadium that you have access to

Warm up ¼ mile walk or jog = 1 to 2 laps

Walk or run up and down bleachers

10-20 sit and stand off the bleacher seat

10-20 push-ups off the railing

10-20 Knee lifts

¼ mile or 1 lap walk, jog or sprint

Repeat 3 to 5 times

Cool down walk 1-2 laps

Static stretch 2 to 3 sets holding 20 to 30 sec.

Hamstring stretch

Chest and shoulder stretch

Torso and low back stretch

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