You’re sitting in the office, looking out the window with longing. It was 55 this morning when you left the house. Imagine how warm it is now. It’s the perfect weather to get outside and exercise. Here’s what you should do to prepare:

Get a physical

Did you know that only about 20% Of Americans get their yearly physical? I know it’s a pain, but it will help you with your new fitness routine. You will know your goals and your limitations.

Dress properly

The days of parkas and neck warmers are behind us (at least for now). Grab a light, water-resistant jacket and get out there!

Set a realistic schedule

Chances are, you won’t be able to squeeze in 40 minutes of outdoor cardio every day this week. Spring is a fickle time. One days it’s winter, the next day it’s summer, then back to winter. You may have the motivation, but the weather may not be on the same page.

Grab a pal

Working out is more fun with a friend. Enjoying the nice weather with a friend is even better. You’re more likely to go for a hike or participate in an outdoor sporting event if you have someone buy your side. You can even save each other money by joining the Y together. That way, you’ll have a forever workout buddy!

Do a kitchen cleanse

Clear out all of the winter goodies you have tucked away. Throw out grandma’s unnecessary fruit cake, canned popcorn, and holiday cookies. They’re a thing of the past.

Refresh your playlist

A new season comes new tunes—and we have some suggestions for you.

summer camp ymcaMix it up

Since the weather dances to the beat of its own drum, plan some indoor workouts to compliment the outdoor part of your exercise routine. Run outside one day, take Zumba the next. Play disc golf one day, and walk the treadmill the next. It’s all about balance.

Sign up for a race

Spring is the best time to enter a race. It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, and you’re surrounded by people who are happy to be outside! Not sure what race to choose? Check out our Spring Has Sprung Distance Festival on May 7th.