Health & Wellness
Spring into Health
The sun is shining. The snow is finally melting. Fresh fruits and vegetables are looking more and more vibrant. Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to make new wellness goals or perhaps recommit to some of those New Year’s resolutions that may have fallen by the wayside.
To get you started, here are some tips for getting and staying healthy this spring:
- Experiment with one new spring fruit or vegetable each month to keep your healthy meals exciting and fresh
- Gradually replace some of the salt you use with flavorful fresh herbs and lemon zest.
- Add a salad to the beginning of your meal to fill up on nutrient-dense vegetables.
- Wash, chop and portion healthy snacks, salads and sides for the whole week.
- Do a little spring cleaning — it keeps you up and moving throughout the day and you’ll be rewarded with a fresh, organized living space!
- Schedule that annual physical or dental check-up you’ve been putting off all winter.
- Take a walk after dinner! Brisk, 15-20 minutes walks taken 30 minutes after eating help control blood sugar levels and aid with weight loss and maintenance.
Bonus tip! Take it up a notch and go for walks after breakfast and lunch to get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity for the day! How easy was that?
No matter what goal you choose for yourself or when you plan to start, set yourself up for success:
· Be as specific as possible! “I will bring a pair of sneakers with me to work and spend half of my lunch break walking around the building 3 out of 5 days.”This makes the goal easier to stick to than “I will walk more.”
· Use measurable numbers, time frames and deadlines to help you stay on track.
· Start small, choosing just 1 or 2 goals at a time and keeping those goals realistic. Working to lose 1 pound per week is much less daunting than focusing on the 10 pounds you want to lose by summer.
What healthy activities and habits will the warmer weather inspire you to try this year?
Spring into Health
|Live Right Recipe Ideas
|Easter Candy||Orange Terragon Pork Cutlets|
|Sustainable Seafood||Linguine with Artichokes|
|Gardening with Your Kids||Salmon with Kiwi-Tomato Salsa|
|Seeds for Heath||Mediterranean Beef Roast|
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Please note: Information contained on this website is intended for informational purposes only and does not replace advice from your doctor or health care provider. Individuals have different needs based on a number of factors including age, gender, ethnicity, level of physical activity, and current health status. For individual recommendations, please consult with a doctor, pharmacist, or a registered dietitian.