It’s Spring! Time to come out of hibernation and start engaging in some healthy activities. Here are tips that will allow you to enjoy the change in weather and to improve your health:
Take a Walk – Regularly walking strengthens your heart, and helps to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. A walk before work will increase your energy for the rest of your day and help make you feel more alert by boosting circulation and increasing oxygen supply to every cell in your body. Try walking on your lunch break to get a boost in the afternoon. Studies indicate that walks are also good for your mental health, especially on a lovely sunny Spring day.
Put On Your Hiking Shoes – Get out your hiking boots out of the closet, call up some friends and take a hike in the woods. Spring is the perfect time of year to hike because the temperature is moderate and trails are open. Arboretums, parks and local forest preserves typically offer a variety of trails and beautiful places to explore. Find a trail today at https://www.alltrails.com.
Ride Your Bike – Biking is a great way to get some exercise. Now that the weather is pleasant, it’s a good time to get out and ride through your neighborhood or local park. Put a bike rack on your car and take your bike to new areas or on vacation to new locales. Make sure to have your bike serviced before riding to make sure it’s in top shape after being dormant during the winter months.
Cook – Artichokes, apricots, asparagus, broccoli, mangos, guavas, strawberries and more are in season now that it’s Spring. You can find many great recipes for Spring fruits and veggies online with a quick google search. Try cooking some new meals, or put veggies and meats on the grill! Here’s a quick list of what’s in season: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-spring.
Spring Clean – Getting rid of the things you don’t need any more, putting on a yard sale or donating items to charities like Good Will and the Salvation Army can make for good, healthy exercise and will make you feel good. Spring cleaning may not seem as enjoyable as the other activities on this list but Spring is all about starting fresh. Try it and you’ll feel like a weight is being lifted off of you.