Spring is a season of revitalization, so it is the perfect time to reassess our health and make sure that we are practicing good habits for our well-being! Many of us may be wanting to spend more time outdoors, or maybe this season gives us some extra motivation to revamp or start healthier habits. Below are our tips for a healthy spring!
- Stay Active: It is much easier to stay active during warmer months, as we can often go on a leisurely walk outside and it won’t feel much like exercise. But even a slow-paced walk outside is a great way to stay active, get fresh air, and absorb some vitamin D from the sun. Staying active has benefits such as reducing your risk of heart diseases, improving our mental health and mood, sharpening our memory, boosting our immune systems, and increasing energy levels. Just be sure to wear sunscreen if you plan to be outdoors for a longer period of time! (And at present, be sure to wear a face mask as well.)
- Be Aware of Allergies and Germs: While getting outdoors is a wonderful way to spend the morning or afternoon, be aware of any allergies you may be prone to while walking by growing plants and trees. Some of us may develop new allergies with age that we are not used to, which can cause sneezing; an itchy or runny nose; itchy, red, or watering eyes; or even chest tightness, shortness of breath, or a cough. Some of these symptoms may also be related to the common cold, so take extra precautions such as washing your hands often and resist touching your face after being outdoors or in public.
- Stay Hydrated: Most Americans don’t drink enough water. Many health organizations recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses, or half a gallon, of water a day. To make it easy to remember, think of it as the 8×8 rule. Hydration helps our digestive system and keeps our kidneys healthy, as well as helping our muscles and joints working and promotes cardiovascular health.
- Learn a Healthy Recipe: What we feed our body on a daily basis is a primary indicator of our overall health. The better we eat, the better we feel! So try learning a new healthy recipe if you are looking for something new. Use whole foods, make sure to include a rainbow of vegetables, and try to reduce the amount of sugar used in any dressings or marinades.
- Take Vitamins and Supplements as Necessary: In addition to eating healthy, some of us may need an extra boost with some additional vitamins or supplements to keep our bodies in prime shape. Consult your doctor about any vitamins you are considering taking or speak with your doctor about any preventative care measures at your next check-up appointment.
- Take Up a New Hobby: Now that there is more daylight, it is important for our mental health to stimulate our minds – no matter our age! It is always a good time to learn something new, whether it’s picking up a book that’s collected dust on the shelf, taking up knitting or crocheting, taking the time to start practicing yoga, or taking a free online class with universities around the world on any topic that interests you. There is something out there for all of us, be sure to find your new hobby!
- Get plenty of rest: While some of us may be up late watching the news or waking up early to get our days started, be sure to get a full 7-8 hours of sleep per night! Some adults experience sleep problems as they age, such as insomnia, daytime sleepiness, and frequent waking during the night. Speak with your doctor if you feel that you are unable to sleep properly, or develop a sleeping routine that your body will respond well to such as lights out by 10pm or reducing sleeping during the day.