Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine

A new season, a new exercise attitude. 

Posted: 04/16/2013 06:28 PM EDT

You spruce up your house when the seasons change, so why not do the same with your workout? With the change in season comes the opportunity to change the way we think about getting and staying active. From your gear to your attitude, here’s what to toss—and the best way to replace it.

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.

Get Sporty

Break up your routine with outdoor exercises like tennis or golf, or team up with friends for an afternoon of ultimate Frisbee. Even kickball will get your heart going—and you don’t have to be athletically gifted to play!

Ditch Old Walking or Running Shoes

Invest in a new pair of kicks, because worn-out soles are a quick path to injury. Write the purchase date on the tongue or side of your shoes and let your weekly mileage be your guide. If you walk or run 10 miles per week, replace your shoes every 12 months; 15 miles, every 8 months; 20 miles, every 6 months; 30 miles, every 4 months.

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. While you’re at it, update your sports bras, too (a typical bra has a lifespan of about six months, although hand-washing can make them last longer).

Read more about updating your workout routine this spring at BlackDoctor.Org.

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