With winter in the rearview mirror and spring on the horizon, there are a lot of positive things you can do to improve your health. Spring is a time of renewal. It is a great opportunity to reevaluate wellness routines and take steps to make you a happier and healthier person.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
The spring months are a great time to include more in-season vegetables and fruits in your diet. There are a lot of fruits and vegetables, such as berries, zucchini, and bell peppers, that are in season during the warmer months. They all have nutrients that the body needs in order to thrive.
The warmer spring months mean that there is more time to visit farmer’s markets and search for whole fruits and vegetables. These include things like apples, carrots, and cherries. Spring is a good time to include healthy fats in your diet, including seeds, avocados, and nuts.
Enjoy Food in Moderation
Spring is the perfect opportunity to enjoy outdoor gatherings, like picnics and barbecues. However, these are usually chocked full of unhealthy foods, including processed meats and fatty snacks.
The joy of going to a barbecue or a picnic is eating foods that are fatty. You don’t have to give up these foods altogether. However, include leaner cuts of meat and replace fatty fried snacks with healthier options that do not clog your arteries.
Springtime outdoor activities are a perfect opportunity to overindulge in alcohol. Again, the idea is not to completely avoid alcohol. However, moderation is the key.
With spring comes warmer outdoor temperatures. When it is warm outside, your body loses a lot of moisture because of perspiration. Most people perspire more than they realize. You don’t have to feel wet and sweaty to be perspiring.
Dehydration poses a serious health risk. Even if you are just mildly dehydrated, your energy levels plummet, you feel tired, and you might even get headaches.
Dehydration is completely preventable. During the spring months, make sure that you drink sufficient water throughout the day.
Drinking a sufficient amount of water can also help you avoid overeating. If you drink a glass or two of water before eating, it might minimize some of the hunger cues your body is sending.
Enjoy Spring Weather
The human body needs physical activity. Many people live a sedentary life where they work sitting down and engage in little physical activity. Spring provides the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy nature.
This does not necessarily mean going out and running a marathon. Sometimes, it is enough to just take a walk around the block or play with the kids in the front yard. Any activity that gets the bones and muscles moving is good.
You may benefit by simply opening the windows in your home and letting the sunlight and fresh air in. Get the most out of the spring air by making sure that furnace filters and other sources of air circulation within your home are functioning. If you choose to exercise indoors, you will be breathing in the freshest air possible.
Enjoy the Sun in Moderation
The benefits that a person can derive from moderate sun exposure are phenomenal. Exposure to moderate sunlight causes the brain to release serotonin. Serotonin can positively impact your mood.
The sun forces your body to produce vitamin D. You need vitamin D for your bones to work and for other bodily functions to work as they should.
You don’t have to be directly under the noonday sun to derive these benefits. Even walking on a cloudy day or walking in the shade provides enough sunlight to stimulate these positive effects.
Spring is a time for renewal and revitalizing. It can be the perfect time for you to improve your health.