Awaken from your winter hibernation with spring health and fitness tips! The promise of longer daylight hours and warmer weather is just around the corner. That means it’s time to go outside and start exercising again. Here are some tips for getting back into the swing of spring!
1. Drink plenty of water. You should drink water throughout your day. Get in at least 60 ounces to keep your body hydrated and help flush toxins out of your body. Water also helps fill your stomach during meals, which will help you eat smaller portions of food. Try drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning.
2. Watch what you eat. Avoid processed foods and snacking. Try not to dine out as often and cook healthier meals at home. Making small adjustments to your diet, like adding more fruits and vegetables, can make a big difference in your health as well. Eat three meals a day and don’t skip breakfast. For ideas on how to eat well without breaking the bank, read “5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget.”
3. Exercise regularly. Make sure you are exercising regularly to burn calories. Walking or running is the easiest way to increase your fitness level and decrease your stress, especially in spring when the weather is pleasant. At home you can try to do yoga, follow along to exercise DVDs, lift weights or invest in home exercise equipment like a treadmill. Remember to take at least five minutes to stretch your muscles before and after you work out.
4. Get enough sleep. When you sleep your body recovers from everything you did to it during the day. Although there never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish everything, do not forgo sleep. Instead, make sleep a priority and get at least seven hours rest each night. Doing so will keep you refreshed and energetic to accomplish tasks during the day.
5. Work toward a goal. It’s a good idea to start off slow in your exercise routine. You don’t need to run 5 miles every day just because the weather is clear. Set realistic goals and build up to higher levels of exercise. For example, create a plan to run a 5K in a few months and train for it. This kind of goal will help you stay on track. You may get discouraged, but persevere. You were probably less active in winter, so your body will need time to acclimate to your exercise routine and benefit from spring health and fitness tips. It may take a few weeks, so go at a slower pace until your body adapts.