Spring is a time for renewal. Your neighborhood animals are coming out of hiding, often with youngsters in tow. The rhododendrons are blooming, festooning their limbs in violet, magenta, pink, and white blossoms. Your neighbors are planting broccoli, endives, spinach, and arugula. You may be thinking about dedicating a day to getting your house clean as a whistle, and gathering a pile of old clothes to donate, clearing room for your new spring wardrobe in the process.
But what about your body? Spring is also an excellent time to focus on getting and staying healthy. What can you do to make Spring a time of cleansing and renewal for your health as well as your home?
Lead Yourself Out of Temptation
During the winter, it can be tempting to stock up on comfort food, and for some of us, that means lots of salt, fat, and sugar. After all, swimsuit season seems far, far away during the winter, and on dismal days, a cookie can taste like a little bite of sunshine.
Make getting rid of unhealthy foods a part of your Spring cleaning regimen. Out with greasy, salty chips and sugary snacks, and in with crisp seasonal veggies, fresh fruits, and whole grains.
Renew Your Exercise Regimen
The cold winter months make it difficult to stick to an exercise routine. Ideally, you’ve winterized your outdoor fitness regimen by setting up your bike with an indoor trainer, hitting the gym, or taking yoga or martial arts classes. For some of us though, it’s not just the winter weather that makes exercising difficult; it’s also the motivation-sapping effect that winter weather can have.
If you’ve been keeping up on your fitness routine, get outside and enjoy the sun. If not, get back in the saddle. It’s OK to start slowly; you’ll soon get back to your pre-winter fitness level. The important thing is that you get started.
Get a Checkup
Prevention is the best medicine. Why wait until you’re feeling under the weather to pay a visit to your doctor. Make an appointment with your dentist, OB/GYN, or general practitioner for a Spring checkup, just to make sure all is well. Having a clean bill of health feels great, and regular checkups will help you focus on maintaining healthy habits.
Do a Juice Fast
You don’t have to commit to juice-fasting for a month to benefit from it. You can start with a day or two, just to test the waters. If you feel like you’re ready to take it further, hit the farmers market to stock up on local, organic Spring veggies, look up some juice recipes online, and go for it. Proponents say juice fasts are a great way to boost energy, cleanse the digestive system, and reduce unhealthy cravings.
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