Spring is an inspiring time of year when most people are motivated to clean out and tidy up their homes. Why not put some of that motivation towards cleaning up our health and daily routines? Here are a few ideas that will help jump start your healthy spring cleaning.
Declutter Your Diet
The winter months tend to have us craving heavier meals. Lighten up your diet by getting rid of added sugars and junk foods. Spring is an excellent time of year to shop for fresh, in-season fruits and veggies, so head out to your local farmer’s market and stock up. And don’t forget about your water intake. As the weather warms up, our bodies sweat more, which means we’ll need to replace those lost fluids with more water.
Freshen Up Your Exercise Routine
Use the new season as an excuse to step outside and enjoy nature more often. Walking and hiking are practical, low-impact cardiovascular exercises that almost anyone can perform. And, as an added bonus, you’ll get a beneficial dose of Vitamin D. If you’re a seasoned runner, be sure to check your shoes to determine if they need to be replaced (most running shoes have a lifespan of 300-500 miles). If you’re wondering how much exercise is the right amount, click here to review the current recommendations for daily activity.
Air Out Your Mind
Unplug from your devices and practice mindfulness to help manage your stress. Use this infographic to learn more about “mind-body relaxation” practices. If you don’t already have a healthy bedtime and sleep routine, now is a great time to start. Experts recommend that adults strive for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
And while you’re tidying up your home, don’t forget about the medicine cabinet. When possible, look for natural alternatives to over-the-counter symptom relievers. For example, conservative care (like chiropractic) is a proven-effective treatment for managing muscle and joint pain. (Learn more about how chiropractic is helping to combat the opioid crisis here.)
Lastly, make sure to schedule “Check-Ups” on your to-do list. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited your medical doctor, dentist, or chiropractor, give them a call this Spring.
Cliff Atwell, B.S., D.C.