Get Ready for Spring with Healthy Choices and Exercise

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Now that Winter is nearly over, it’s the perfect time to recharge your health and fitness routine for Spring. Try these 5 easy tips to increase your energy, and achieve a greater level of health and fitness.

Don’t sacrifice sleep. Although there never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish everything you want to get done, do not push sleep aside. Instead, make sleep a priority and get at least seven hours rest each night. When you sleep your body recovers from everything that you did to it during the day. A good night’s sleep will keep you refreshed, energetic and you will be much more likely to accomplish tasks during the day.

Drink lots of water. You should drink at least 60 ounces of water each day to keep your body hydrated and to help flush toxins out of your body. Try drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning. It’s a good idea to also drink water during meals because it helps to fill your stomach, which in turn will help you eat smaller portions.

Eat healthy. Try not to dine out as often and cook healthier meals at home. Eat three meals a day and don’t skip breakfast. Avoid processed foods and snacking. If you make just a few, small adjustments to your diet, like adding more fruits and vegetables, it can have a dramatic and positive impact on your health.

Get into an exercise routine. There are many ways you can exercise, but walking or running is a great way to increase your fitness level and decrease your stress. And all you need is a good pair of sneakers. Make sure you exercise regularly to burn calories. Remember to take at least five minutes to stretch your muscles before and after you work out. At home you can try doing yoga, follow along to exercise DVDs, lift weights or invest in home exercise equipment like a treadmill.

Make a goal and stick to it. You don’t need to run 5 miles every day. Start off slow with your fitness routine and set realistic goals so you can build up to higher levels of exercise. For example, create a plan to run a 5k in a few months and train for it. A goal like this will help you stay on track. During Winter you were probably less active, so be patient with your body as you transition to a more active lifestyle. Persevere even if you get discouraged. It may take a few weeks, but your body will adapt.

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