Spring is the time of year when the majority of people are motivated to do some Spring cleaning and tidy up their homes. You should put some of your motivation towards cleaning up your health and daily routines! Here are a few ideas that will help you kick off some spring cleaning of your body.
Declutter Your Diet
Usually the winter months have us craving heavier meals. To lighten up your diet you should try getting rid of foods with any added sugars and junk foods. Spring is an awesome time of year for you to shop for fresh, in-season fruits and veggies, so make sure to look for your local farmer’s market and be sure to stock up. Your water intake is very important. As the weather gets warmer, our bodies continues to sweat, which means we’ll need to find a way to replace those lost fluids with more water.
Freshen Up Your Exercise Routine
You can even use the season as a way of convincing yourself to step outside and enjoy nature more often. Walking or even light hiking are very practical, low level cardiovascular exercises that are able to be done by anyone would be perfect. An added bonus is that you will get a beneficial dose of Vitamin D to support your immune system. If you consider yourself to be a fairly seasoned runner, be sure to check on your shoes to make sure if they need to be replaced (running shoes usually have a lifespan of 300-500 miles). If you wonder how much exercise is the best amount, click here to review ideas for daily activity.
Air Out Your Mind
Let go of your devices and practice mindfulness to help control your stress levels. Review this infographic to have a better understanding of “mind-body relaxation” practices. If you already have a healthy bedtime and sleep routine, keep that up. Experts tell that adults strive for 7-8 hours of sleep each night to feel rested.
While you’re cleaning up your home, don’t forget to clear out the medicine cabinet. When available, try to seek out natural alternatives rather than over-the-counter symptom relievers. For example, chiropractic care is a very effective treatment for helping muscle and joint pain. (Learn more about how chiropractic is helping to combat the opioid crisis here.)
Finally, make sure to schedule “Check-Ups”. If it has been sometime since your last visit to your doctor, dentist, or chiropractor, try to give them a call this Spring!