With winter behind us, and longer days ahead, the coming months are an exciting time to revisit those January resolutions and kickstart our health goals. As markets become more bountiful, and sidewalks thaw out to make way for running shoes, the energy behind this seasonal shift has an irresistible way of getting us off the couch, and out into the open. From cleaning up our diets to developing a solid routine, our homes aren’t the only ones that can benefit from a spring cleaning.
Find Joy in What Moves You
If you have a love-hate relationship with exercise, you’re not alone. Nothing puts the brakes on a fitness routine like a workout that feels more like a chore, so if slaving away on the treadmill isn’t feeling inspiring, consider changing it up! Now that the weather is warming up, find a form of movement that motivates you like riding a bike, running, hiking or even taking the dog on a brisk morning walk. The Centers for Disease Control recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week which doesn’t have to be regimented exercise, and can easily include anything from yard work to reaching the top of a breathtaking summit.
You Are How You Nourish
Never has “clean eating” being such a buzzword in the wellness sphere like it is now. From exotic superfoods to the artistically arranged smoothie bowls on social media, healthy eating has evolved far beyond the grapefruit, and celery stick diet. This time of year is a great opportunity to shop seasonal, organic produce, sign up for a farm-grown CSA, or become a member of one of the many healthy meal subscription services. Better yet, if you have space or access to a community garden, consider polishing your green thumb, and experiment with growing a variety of different fruits and vegetables. Boost your digestion with warm lemon water first thing in the morning, and try incorporating fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso, or kimchi.
Believe it or not, sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects of health. We need it to regenerate brain cells, energize us throughout the day, and even help us lose weight. Develop a solid bedtime ritual, and swap stimulating activity like cell phone use, and caffeine for a hot cup of tea, a good book, or soft music. The jury is out on the exact number of hours we require as individuals, but try and go to bed at a reasonable hour, and keep your bedroom dark, cool, and free of distractions. They call it beauty sleep for a reason because when you’re well-rested you become the best version of yourself, and prepared to put your best foot forward.
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