Springing into a fit season

By Anna Yee

March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Spring has officially sprung, and that means springing into a new workout routine.

Now that you can finally get outdoors, Biggest Loser's lead trainer Travis Helmig is going to give us some easy ways to get into shape for the new season.

The first tip Travis is going to share with us is changing your routine.

"A good way to change up your routine is to get up a little earlier," said Helmig, start your calorie burns, go for a little walk, a little jog, get a little sweat going."

We got to sweating right away, doing 5 jumping jacks, then sprinting up and down the stairs.

Do 15 to 20 of these at a time, then repeat the set twice more.

Travis says this will actually boost your energy level to help you get your day going.

The next tip is to simply use your environment. Just look around you for inspiration, and the best part is it's free.

"Everyone has a place where they run, jog," said Helmig, "but if you look around you, you might be able to find a park, benches, things that you can use to help you in your exercise routine."

We chose to tackle the monkey bars for an upper-body workout.

A few sets of these, and you can definitely feel the burn.

The last piece of advice Travis is going to share with us is how to maximize your results when you are working out, and it's with a new piece of jewelry, a heart rate monitor.

"One thing this helps you do is to really recognize where you're at," said Helmig, "whether you need to pick up the intensity or you need to maybe back off a little bit.

But, ultimately it's about burning calories, and this is what will help you burn the most."

Travis says you can buy heart rate monitors at most drugstores, keeping you on track while doing cardio.

That's something Biggest Loser contestants will be tested on during their final challenge, the 2-mile race, next week.

More of Travis' spring fitness tips:

--Add more fruits and vegetables and fresh produce to your diet, especially when farmers' markets open up again.

--Exercising outside? Do 15 pushups or tricep dips on a park or picnic bench. Run. And repeat.

--Commit yourself by making workouts more fun. Sign up for area races, marathons, or triathlons, or join a running group.

--Ask for help. Travis says don't be afraid to seek out a professional trainer, fitness expert, or dietitian. He says asking for help doesn't mean you have failed, but that you care enough about yourself to reach your goals.

Be sure to keep up with Peoria's Biggest Loser contestants on WEEK and WHOI and by checking out the website homepage link above.

And watch NBC's Biggest Loser Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

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