6. Remember the small things It's easy to remember important workout gear, like your shoes or jacket, but there are a few small things that will optimize your spring fitness time. Sunglasses help shield your eyes from cold winds and spring sun all at the same time. Always have an extra pair of dry socks available. Always. Finding dry socks when you need them is just as good as finding a bill in the pocket of your winter coat come next winter. And toss a plastic grocery bag or waterproof stuff sack in with your other gear to hold any wet or muddy gear separate from dry items. 7. Stay within your budget 8. Improvise if necessary If money's too tight for spring fitness gear, you can still have fun in the mud on a budget. Use a garbage bag as your stay-dry poncho — poke or cut holes for your head and arms. Use plastic bags to keep your feet dry — slide sockclad feet into a layer of plastic bag before donning your non-waterproof shoes. Your shoes will still get wet and muddy, but your feet won't, although be warned that they will collect sweat and condensation inside the bags. Make sure to give them a breather from time to time and change your socks frequently if you're on an extended outing. You can also make your own cheap studded shoes by putting short screws through the bottom of thrift store sneakers. If you're smart about your spring fitness shopping, you can get essential springtime outdoor gear — like waterproof or throwaway shoes, packable waterproof outerwear and ice grippers — for less than the cost of gas and a month's membership to the gym. That's not counting the free benefits of fresh air, sun and sky you get from working out outside.
9. Take care of your spring fitness gear Perhaps most important, take care of your spring fitness investments so they last. If your shoes or clothing are wet or muddy, rinse or wipe them clean and allow them to dry in a well-ventilated place so they won't mold or mildew. Lastly, protect anything waterproof — such as pack covers, outerwear or tent layers — from abrasion as much as possible to help prolong the life of the waterproof coating. 10. Have fun Spring may present unpredictable weather, puddles and even a residual winter snow, but being prepared to brave the elements will make your outdoor spring workouts fun and effective. Courtesy of SheKnows