Spring cleaning, spring break, spring showers- all of those wonderful things to look forward to with the new season. Here are some tips to make this your best spring yet!
1. Wake up with the birds to exercise
The mornings are warming up and the new season means the sun rises earlier and earlier each day. It’s time to take good advantage of this change. Get outside and exercise before starting your day, whether it’s going for a run, walking your dog, or doing some stretches in the backyard. Exercising before work can begin your day on a high note with energy and clarity. It also helps you avoid those excuses at the end of the day that may deter you from getting some movement in.
2. Update your workout gear
The proper footwear can help encourage an active lifestyle by providing important support for your joints and entire body. In addition, getting lightweight clothing can help you manage heat and perspiration to optimize comfort when exercising. And be sure you’re properly equipped before beginning a new workout routine. Consult with a doctor or your health coach with any questions or concerns.
3. Check out the in-season produce
Spring is the perfect time to add more, (or even new) fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends 4.5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. These fruits and vegetables are among those that are in season during the spring: nectarines, cherries, raspberries, plums, and rhubarb; peppers, artichokes, peas, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes are good choices too.
4. Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast
It’s a solid foundation and great start to any day. Especially if you’re making time for it. To make the most of your fitness regimen, you need energy and a nutritious meal. Instead of a quick breakfast sandwich or fast food meal, how about a glass of OJ and a fruit?
5. Drink more water
How often do you drink the recommended (at least) 64 ounces of water each day? For your body to perform at its best, it’s essential to stay hydrated. A glass of water can also be a good appetite suppressant and can help maintain a healthy weight. Try a squeeze of lemon or lime, some blueberries and mint, or cucumber in your water to add a bit of flavor- you’d be surprised how it can elevate your hydration game.
6. Get good sleep for weight management
Strive to sleep 6-8 hours each night. Staying up late has been shown to increase the likelihood of overeating which can lead to high cholesterol levels and even pre-diabetes. Getting proper rest will help reduce the opportunities to make poor diet decisions while preparing you for the demands of tomorrow.
7. Schedule doctor’s appointments and screenings
Spring is a great time for a health check-in. For example, before starting a new exercise routine, it’s advised to check with your primary care physician. You may also need to refill any allergy medications before heading outside. When the weather turns warm and the trees start blooming, it’s our sign to get ahead of the game for making summer fun and rewarding. Many of the activities above can be done with others for mutual reinforcement and can be integrated into corporate wellness programs. And it’s not too early to start acquainting kids with some of these habits for a lifetime of healthy living.