Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Osteo Bi-Flex. This post may contain affiliate links.
If you’re a regular at a gym, you’re probably familiar with this word. It’s a snarky term for the newcomers, motivated by their New Year’s resolutions about health, fitness, and weight loss, who crowd the gyms every January.
It’s not a particularly nice word, but there is some truth to it. According to TIME, 60% of gym memberships go unused, and gym attendance returns to normal around mid-February. It can be especially difficult to stay motivated when the roads are icy and the temperatures are frigid – and that doesn’t just apply to the newbies. I personally have a much tougher time sticking to my training schedule when it’s cold out (and I live in Florida!).
But research also shows that people are more inclined to get back on track with their fitness goals as spring begins and outdoor temperatures start to rise. Dr. James Rippe, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, says that “warmer weather and longer days combined with motivation to get in shape for summer activities and vacations [make people] more conscious of their appearance as they want to shake off winter fat, layers of clothes, and cabin fever.” He calls this the Fitness New Year.
Of course, starting to exercise again after weeks or months of inactivity can be stressful on your body and joints. Dr. Rippe and the folks at Osteo Bi-Flex have teamed up to bring you some tips for having a safe spring Fitness New Year:
1. Set a deadline for your goal. Use spring and summer social events to drive your goals. Whether it’s a dress you want to wear to a wedding or a time goal for a 5K, setting a date will help keep you motivated and on-schedule.
2. Walk before you run (literally and figuratively). Be smart about getting started. Walk before you run, try pushups before lifting weights, etc. Taking on too much too quickly puts you at risk for injury and/or excessive soreness, which can derail your routine even further and discourage you from meeting your goal.
3. Joint health is essential to your fitness success. Remember to properly stretch and nourish your joints – you need to keep your knees, elbows, and back strong enough to maintain your activity level. Dr. Rippe recommends “taking the joint health supplement Osteo Bi-Flex®, which contains glucosamine and chondroitin, natural compounds found within cartilage. Osteo Bi-Flex® also contains Joint Shield™, a proprietary blend that helps nurture and defend your joints. Joint Shield™ exclusively features 5-LOXIN™ Advanced, a concentrated extract of Boswellia serrata herb which helps with joint flare-ups.”
4. Do your research. Before embarking on a new fitness journey, learn which supplements can best support an active lifestyle and consult a physician about your physical health.
Stuff you should know before you enter the giveaway —> * This giveaway is open to US residents only. You must be 18+ to enter. Winners will be notified via email and given 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner may be selected. Mommy Runs It is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Giveaway ends 4/30/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST.*