Spring is here so get your workouts in gear

So you probably had a ton of New Year’s Resolutions, including all the new workouts you wanted to start doing, but now it’s springtime and you have to take stock and be honest about the progress you’ve been making.

Everywhere you see people getting outside with the warmer weather, so hopefully that’s motivation for you. Pro football teams are starting their spring workouts and college football teams are hosting spring scrimmages for fans. Baseball season has started as well, and naturally you’re seeing tons of hotties running through the streets as they’re wearing their tight running outfits and working out with breast implants. They want to look better for the upcoming summer, so that should motivate you as well.

The first thing you should do is break out the resolutions from January and be honest about your progress. If you’ve done nothing, then rip them up and start over. This time, come up with a plan that’s realistic for your schedule. Start by assessing your goals, and make sure to have goals laid out in stages. Then put together a plan to get to your first goal along with a longer term plan. Consider getting a personal trainer if necessary, or find a buddy to work out with.

Summer will be here soon, so get serious so you don’t get embarrassed on the beach or by the pool!

Treadmill distractions

One of the best things about working out on a treadmill are all the available distractions to help the workout go by faster. From watching SportsCenter on TV to listening to your playlists on your MP3 Player to even playing online bingo from OnlineBingo.com, the possibilities are endless.

My favorite distraction, however, is watching TV episodes on my iPad. This is one of the hundreds of reasons that Apple is selling millions of iPads and about to report record sales again. The flexibility of this gadget is incredible. I start by downloading a great series like “The Wire” or “Sons of Anarchy” on iTunes and then transferring them to my iPad. “The Wire” went for five season of about 12 episodes each so there’s a lot of workouts you can get in. I usually spend an hour on the treadmill and that perfectly fits with one episode of these great shows. The hour just flies by and that’s a huge asset when you’re working out regularly.

It’s also something to look forward to. You start to equate the time on the treadmill with being able to watch your favorite TV show. Particularly in dramas where the stories continue week to week, you’re actually anxious to get back on the treadmill so you can see what happens next. There are also so many great shows to choose from. In terms of quality, the television shows on cable have surpassed the movies in terms of overall quality when it comes to dramas. Shows like “The Sopranos” and “Rome” were incredible achievements. If you haven’t watched them you should try them. You’ll get hooked.

Another great option is “24″ as the action moves so fast that it actually makes you walk or run faster on the treadmill!

The key is finding stuff that will grab your interest. It’s important to develop a habit of working out, and connecting your workouts with a distraction that you enjoy can help develop that habit. Soon, your body will be craving the workout along with your head.

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