Why Staying Healthy In The Spring Is Important?
The spring is an opportunity to stay healthy and establish new habits, establish new goals, and improve your quality of life. Part of that opportunity is making sure you stay healthy – not just for the first quarter but for a lifetime.
Here are some guidelines to help keep you on top of your game this year and into the future.
Stick to foolproof workouts
Exercise is key to staying healthy – it doesn’t have to be anything crazy, just something you can do regularly. If your fitness routine has fallen by the wayside over the holiday, try some simple exercises that don’t require any equipment or scientific know-how. Treadmill sprints are an easy way to get fit quickly, and the speed and incline of a treadmill can even be increased in stages to make it more intense. After 20 minutes, you’ll feel like you’ve been in the gym for hours and will lose any festive cheer!
Try high-intensity interval training (HIIT) if running isn’t your thing. Simply pick an exercise, such as burpees, perform it for 30 seconds, rest for 20-30 seconds, then repeat the process.
You could also try pushups – not only are they easy to do anywhere (even during commercial breaks!), but there’s a great variety of variations that work your muscles in different ways. If you’re trying to vary your workouts and keep them interesting, there’s no better way than mixing up these simple exercises.
Take care of your mental health.
The stress and anxiety that come with the holiday season can be overwhelming, and it’s essential to take care of yourself during this time. Take some time to relax, unwind and indulge in activities you enjoy. You could even schedule a massage or an appointment at your favorite salon. Getting regular exercise is also one way to relieve stress and improve your mood, so get out for a run or go to the gym if you can.
Choose your drinks and food wisely.
Alcohol contains many calories, and more than one glass of wine or beer per day is considered “high-risk” for gaining weight. So avoid drinking more than one glass a day to maintain a healthy body weight throughout the year.
Eat plenty of filling, fiber-rich foods that will help prevent you from overindulging in too many goodies. Also, try to eat your largest meal of the day before 5 p.m., so you don’t have as much time to overindulge at night when post-meal cravings are high.
Don’t skip meals!
Eating healthy can be difficult. But one key to staying healthy is eating breakfast every day and ensuring the snack you eat in-between meals is protein rich.
Try snacking on low-sugar fruits, or if you do indulge in high sugar snacks, make sure to pair them with protein-rich food, such as eggs.
Dedicate time for your daily workout
Rather than trying to squeeze in a workout after work, schedule your daily exercise routine for an early start or a lunch break so that you have less time during the day to make unhealthy food choices. If it’s too cold or snowy outside for you to go on a walk or jog, try an at-home fitness routine.
There are plenty of great fitness programs that you can do from your living room for free or at a low cost. Try walking over the dinner table instead of sitting down and ditch the elevators for those extra flights of stairs!
Remember to continue with your daily workout routine, but if the weather is less than cooperative (which it often is during the winter months), try an at-home fitness routine like Yoga or Pilates to keep up with your regular schedule.
If you don’t feel like working out for long periods, set a goal for yourself and view it as a challenge rather than a chore. For example, commit to doing 15 minutes of cardio each day until you reach your goal.
It’s possible to start the spring off with a healthier you. Commit to staying active and eating right for the next few months so that when summer comes, you can show off your new-found healthy habits.