Spring. It’s the time of year when we open throw open the windows and start to get back outside. It’s also the time we should start sprucing things up for summer. We’re not talking about the garage, we’re talking about doing a spring cleaning on your health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 37 percent of adults are obese. Obesity can lead to a number of conditions including:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Certain types of cancer,
These are some of the leading causes of preventable death, so if you’ve been considering healthy lifestyle changes all winter long, now is the time to put your plan into action.
Spring is the season of rejuvenation, so take advantage by doing a spring cleaning on your health habits. Here’s how:
Try a Spring Cleaning on Your Pantry
The kitchen is probably on your spring cleaning to do list, so why not start with the pantry. Eliminate processed and expired foods. Check the nutrition facts label for things like:
You want foods that are low in saturated fat and sodium. Remember the first five ingredients on the list make up the majority of what’s in the food you’re eating. Be mindful of sugars and enriched flours that are stripped of nutritional value.
The next thing to look for—junk food. Candy, chips and cookies should all be taken out of the pantry and off of your menu.
Do a Spring Cleaning on Your Menu
While you’re getting all of that processed food out of your pantry, find some fresh menu items for your diet. Spring is the time that farmer’s markets reopen and healthy seasonal favorites return. Fruits and vegetables that are in season in the month of March include:
As the world brightens up with springtime colors, let your plate do the same with diverse fruits and vegetables. Kumquats are also in season in March.
Your Drinks May Need a Spring Cleaning
If you’re increasing your activity and the weather is getting warmer you’re going to need to stay hydrated. To increase your water intake, get a refillable bottle that you can keep with you through all of your springtime activities.
It’s recommended you drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. That is equal to about a half-gallon.
You can also switch out your sugary beverages to plain water or unsweetened iced tea. Try infusing your water with fresh fruit or vegetables to add flavor.
Workout Spring Cleaning
Next on your spring cleaning list—your workout. Now that the days are getting longer and the temperatures are going up, it’s time to get back outside. The fresh air and vitamin D from the sun can help improve your mood and encourage an increase in your activity level.
Start your morning off with a walk, play outside with your kids or meet up with your friends for a weekend hike. Researchers say getting outside may help you to exercise longer. Another study found if you exercise outside you may feel more energized.
Do a Spring Cleaning on Your Activities
Use the motivation of better weather to try a new activities. Try some that allow you to have a little adventure while also getting some exercise.
Mountain biking, kayaking or swimming are just a few examples. Be sure to talk to your doctor first to make sure it’s safe.
You’ll feel the same sense of accomplishment from spring cleaning your health as you do from the yearly spring cleaning of your home. But in this case, you’ll build healthy habits that can last all year long.
If you’d like more tips about getting active and spring cleaning your health check out our free guide: “6 Steps to Getting Fit and Active.”bottomless radishes via photopin (license)