Start this season off right with our easy to follow tips to spring clean your health.
Keep it Lean and Green
Spring is the perfect time to revamp your diet and discover what’s working and what’s not. There are a lot of diets out there, but they’re not all one-size-fits-all. Take the time to find a diet plan that fits into your lifestyle, and your routine. Time Magazine released a quiz to help you pinpoint what might work for you. Keep in mind, this quiz is by no means foolproof, but it can, at the very least, help narrow your scope. For a general rule of thumb, cut out anything white (that means sugar, white rice, white bread have got to go), soda, and high-sugar items. Drink more water, and work on portion control for an easy way to kickstart your diet plan.
Take Advantage of the Warming Weather
It shouldn’t be terribly surprising that our first two tips to spring clean your health are diet and exercise. There’s a reason these two pillars top most lists—together they can incur drastic changes both in your body and mind. During the winter if you managed to stick to your workout routine, it probably took place predominantly inside. Now that it’s warming up, opt for outdoor workouts, laps around the park, volleyball tournaments, and long hikes for a two-for-one benefit: working out and being outside. Read about why seeing nature is so important to becoming a better you.
During the winter our minds can get muddied with the redundancies of our days. Spring is a good time to add a new spin to your routine. Use this time to not only better yourself physically, but mentally as well. In a recent study by Psychology Today, meditation was found to not only improve mental health but physical health as well. Participants who meditated for only 10-minutes a day saw decreased stress, a reverse in heart disease, a reduction in pain, and enhancement in the body’s immune system. If meditation is not for you, opt for other small, silent goals, like one kind act a day, or a vow to volunteer more. You’ll find that these changes, if you stick with them, will more drastically shape your mind and mood than any exercise or diet plan.
It can be hard to avoid harsh chemicals all together, but if there’s ever a time to try. it would be spring. Instead of hitting up your neighborhood drugstore for your soaps and shampoos, visit an all-natural store like Natural Grocers, Sprouts, or Whole Foods. They have entire sections dedicated to homeopathic or organic soaps, shampoos, lotions and more. Switching up your routine goods isn’t for everyone, but you may find that more organic ingredients are softer on your skin and offer better results. Everything you put into, or on your body makes a difference.
Drink More Water
We say this almost every week, but if you’re looking to overhaul your health a great place to start is your water intake. Instead of your morning coffee, try switching to a glass of water. You’ll find your metabolism will increase, your energy will be boosted, and you’ll feel better at the end of the day. The eight glasses of water rule was recently debunked, but to find out how much water you should be drinking take this quick quiz.
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