No matter where you are on your health journey, motivation and change can come in many forms, just as the changing of the seasons. Spring is a time to regain focus on healthy habits. Check out the suggestions below on how to jump-start your spring!
Out With the Old, in With the New
Spring cleaning is not exclusive to decluttering your house, it is also a time to re-evaluate your habits. Whether that be cutting out fast food, switching the intensity of a workout, or using your phone less, identify your unhealthy habits and set small goals to change it. Try a green smoothie recipe for breakfast or meal prepping for the week ahead. Pick up new recipes to make for dinner, try new sports, and develop creative hobbies such as gardening, journaling or organizing your home.
Your Body Wants to Move
Pick yourself up off the couch and dive into something that helps your body move! Staying physically active for at least 30 minutes a day can make a world of difference for your body. Physical activity helps regulate blood flow, muscles, oxygen, and other bodily functions. If you are not a fan of high-intensity workouts or long runs, these routines will not last you the whole season. Instead, try to find an activity you really enjoy and stick to it, whether it be walking around your neighborhood, watching Pilates routines online or dance class videos, or simply running around with the kids. Just be sure to stretch before and after!
Hydration is Key
Never underestimate the power of hydration! Be sure to drink at least 74 oz of water every day. Instead of coffee first thing in the morning, drink a glass of water before brewing your favorite cup. You can also try supplementing out sugary and energy drinks for tea, kombucha, and sparkling water.
Daylight savings may have already impacted your sleep schedule, but with the new season of fresh air and renewal, it is time to prioritize sleep and planning. Before you go to bed for the night, reflect on your day and try to prepare yourself for the next. Try preemptively writing to-do lists or setting reminders for yourself on your phone. If you have trouble falling asleep, many music streaming apps have guided meditation or sleep playlists.
Actively Manage Your Stress
Staying healthy takes dedication, which is why stress makes it harder to commit. When your physical health is on the forefront, mental health often takes the backburner. Be sure to make space for activities you like to do, spending time with loved ones, and reflection. Practicing gratitude for just a few minutes a day can help bring new joy and help restart your routine!
Goodbye Clouds of Gray
Vitamin D is linked to help prevent osteoporosis among other illnesses. With blue skies, it is important to take advantage of sunlight for our physical and mental health, but do not forget to protect yourself with sunscreen! Remember, the higher the number of SPF, the longer you will be protected from the sun. If you wear makeup, try adding a moisturizer with SPF to your routine.
Recharge and regain focus this spring while you are home. Trying new things can be refreshing and good for both your mental and physical health. If you need ideas on activities or new recipes to try, keep an eye out on our social media pages and blog posts!