Winter is on its way out and spring is on its way in. That means flowers blooming, warmer temperatures, and plenty of sun. Spring is also a time of renewal, so it can be a good opportunity to apply that renewal to yourself. Now is a good time to get back into those healthy habits you might be neglecting and to start focusing on improving your health. It’s time to get rid of old bad habits and get into some new healthy ones. Here are some easy ways to have a happy and healthy spring this year.
Spring is the Best Time to Go Outside.
If you’ve been hibernating all winter, now is a good time to start getting outside. There are many physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits to spending time in nature. Spending at least 30 minutes in the sun will provide your body with Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for bone strength, regulating blood pressure, as well as fighting depression. A good way of getting Vitamin D is going for a morning jog through the park, or you can try a vitamin D3 injection.
You can also take up some outdoor sports or if you’re looking for something more leisurely, reading a book outside can be very relaxing. Picnics are a good way to connect with family and friends while outside. Now’s also a good time to plan a beach day before it gets too crowded. There are also outdoor yoga groups that are a good workout and a good way to fight stress. Whatever you decide this season, the great outdoors is there waiting for you.
Eat Seasonal Foods to Stay Healthy during Spring.
With the spring season comes plenty of delicious produce to enjoy. Now is the best time to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables that are at their tastiest and healthiest. If you’re looking for veggies, go with artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, fennel, green beans, lettuce, radicchio, and spinach. These would go great as sides for dinner or lunch, or you can make a nutritious salad with some of the leafy greens.
If you’re looking for fruits, try apricots, jackfruit, honeydew melons, limes, pineapples, mango, and strawberries. These make a great dessert or a refreshing smoothie after a workout. You can even mix some of the veggies with the fruits to make a super nutrient smoothie, or better yet try one of these superfoods. There are also plenty of wonderful recipes to make at home with these ingredients. Who knows? You might end up with some new favorite foods this year.
Try Some Spring Cleaning to Clear Up Your Mind.
Spring cleaning is always a good way to start the season. It can do wonders for mental health when you clear out a messy home. It’s very satisfying to throw out old junk you don’t need or use anymore. It can also be a good workout doing a deep clean. Sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, are all physical activities that will make you tired after doing them. You can also give yourself a cleanse by going to a sauna. Saunas can be excellent for your health and help to remove toxins from your body.
Another way to give yourself a cleanse would be with detox smoothies. There are lots of nutrients that are beneficial for removing free radicals and other harmful materials in your body. Besides smoothies, there is also a nutrient IV drip to detoxify your body as well. However you decide to cleanse your body this season, find something that works for you so that you can feel renewed.
Get Ready for Spring, Get Some Rest.
During the winter months, the days are shorter, which means we are usually staying out indoors. During the spring months, however, the days start to get longer. In March, it’ll be daylight savings again and time to set the clock forward one hour. That means we’ll be starting the season with less sleep.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep. If we want to have a healthier spring, we must get a good night’s sleep. Lack of proper sleep can cause cognitive dysfunction, increased chance of heart disease, weight gain, depression, and a lower sex drive. So, sleep well. If you have difficulty sleeping, make sure to try going to bed and waking at the same times every day, avoid computer, TV, and phone screens at least an hour before bed, keep your room cool, and get a heavy blanket. These can all help make sure you get a peaceful night’s sleep. The better you sleep, the healthier you’ll feel.
Stay Hydrated, Naturally.
As the temperature increases it becomes harder to stay hydrated. Spring is a sweaty season in South Florida, that’s why it’s more important to drink more water. Most adults don’t drink enough water and it can affect our health. Dehydration is one leading causes of “brain fog,” or the sluggish loss of cognitive energy many of us feel throughout the day.
Being dehydrated can affect other parts of our body as well and make it more difficult to function. Drinking water definitely helps but it also helps to make sure you get the right nutrients in your body. Certain nutrients can help make sure all organs in your body are hydrated and running optimally. Try to get a bigger water bottle this season and make sure you drink plenty of water this season. Your body will thank you.
Ready to Say Hi to Spring?
If you want to get healthy this spring you need to do 5 basic things. You need to get outside and enjoy some physical activities or just spend time outdoors relaxing. You also need to eat fruits and vegetables that are in season, so you get a good influx of nutrients into your body. Keeping your house clean will do wonders for your mental health and also keep you moving. Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep, about 6-8 hours or so. That will keep you sharp and full of energy to take on the day. And don’t forget to rehydrate. The hotter it gets outside, the more you need to keep your body cool. If you do all of this, you’ll have a happy and healthy spring. Isn’t that what it’s all about?