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The dreariness of winter is gone and the shorts and sundresses are back! Now that the weather is cooperating and you’re showing a little more skin, we’ve put together a list of 5 great springtime workouts to help get your booty ready for the beach!

 1. Treadmill season is OVER. Halleluyah.

By far the best thing about spring (as far as fitness goes anyway) is the newfound ability to GET OUTSIDE. Not only will you be more motivated to keep up a running routine outdoors, but a treadmill is actually less of a workout for your hamstrings and glutes because the belt is doing some of the work. The variable terrain can also help boost your workout intensity. So find a trail or a track and enjoy the great outdoors.

 2. Hit the pool.

The downside to the beautiful spring weather is that it usually brings pollen. Since 80% of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, it’s safe to assume that not everyone can run outdoors in the middle of April without difficulty breathing. The cardio solution? Jump in the pool! Swimming is a great aerobic activity to really get your heart rate up and is essentially a full body workout. You also don’t have the rough impact like you do while running, so it’s easier on your joints.

 3. Become a Biker

Don’t worry – we mean bicycles, not Harleys. Cycling is another low-impact cardio alternative that blasts calories (up to 800 per hour!). It’s also basically boredom-proof, compared to that spin class you went to all winter. Now if you REALLY want a workout, get a fixed-gear bike. These “fixies” just have one gear and you can’t coast. The pedals, chain, and wheels all work together so that if the wheels are moving, so are your legs. It’s hard work, but trust us, your legs and butt will thank you.

 4. Join the Team

Spring is the perfect time to pick up a new (or old) sport. There are adult leagues popping up all over for every sport from kickball and softball to beach volleyball and flag football. These team sports are a fun once-a-week workout and vary in difficulty (and seriousness!) It’s also an excellent way to meet new friends. Another bonus? Competition is the best motivator!

No, you don’t have to join the military. Boot Camp classes are fast-paced workouts that often include a little bit of everything in an interval training format. They can be very intense, with a drill sergeant type instructor, or you can coach yourself in your own backyard through the intervals of jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, lunges, and more. There are sure to be classes available in your area, or you can even start your own class with your girlfriends in the park. If you need some inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards for great examples of boot camp type workouts: http://www.pinterest.com/strutthis/