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It’s that time of year again—the snow’s melting, the sun’s shining and those thick sweaters in the closet are about to get stored back under the bed. So what better way to get motivated than ditching your gym routine for a workout program with outdoor exercises?Kick off spring with a healthy start by getting the right gear, revamping your routine and doing some “spring cleaning” in your pantry. Here are 20 tips to get you started.

Spring Training Fitness Tip: Book a physical.

Believe it or not, only about 20 percent of Americans get an annual check-up. Be one of them! While you might look and feel just fine (or really hate needles), it’s important to keep tabs on things like blood pressure, cholesterol and vitamin deficiencies before designing your workout program.

Spring Training Fitness Tip: Set a schedule…but be realistic.

If you haven’t been working out much this winter, don’t write down that you’ll do outdoor cardio exercises for 30 minutes a day, six days a week. You’ll only find yourself getting frustrated and will be more likely to give up on your workout program. Post your exercise plan in places you’ll look frequently, such as on the fridge and at your desk at work. Better yet, download iPhone apps like BodyBook and FitSync.

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Spring Training Fitness Tip: Team up.

You’re more likely to stick with your plan if you’ve got a partner in crime. Choose someone who has similar goals who’s schedule fits with your own. Your best bet: Get together at the same time four days a week, whether it’s before work or just before dinner.

Spring Training Fitness Tip: 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 gate/pronation to find the best shoe for you.


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