Spring Cleaning for Your Health
This spring give yourself a healthy lifestyle audit
Our schedules are busy, and making time for our health is oftentimes the last thing on our minds. Spring is the perfect time to change!
This year, when you’re spring cleaning your house, take some time to think about your overall health and lifestyle. You can introduce foods, activities, and more into your routine to get started living a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Do a diet audit during the spring
There’s a saying that goes, “you can’t outrun a bad diet.” No matter how much you exercise, if you aren’t eating a healthy and balanced diet your health (and even body composition) will suffer the consequences.
One of the easiest ways to start eating better is to make slow, incremental changes. Rather than cutting out all sweets, try switching to dark chocolate or work on having a cookie-free day once a week. And when you cut something out, be sure to add something healthy in. This could be a single extra serving of veggies each day, a new homemade dinner recipe once a week, a salad at lunch two or three times a week, or any other combination that you can stick with. As these changes become integrated into your overall lifestyle you’ll notice that eating healthy becomes easier and easier.
Clean out your medicine cabinet this spring
When you’re dusting off the cobwebs throughout your home, pay attention to your medicine cabinet. Toss out any expired medications and make sure your first aid kit is fully stocked and ready for action.
Introduce more activity into your daily routine
Eating healthily is the best thing you can do for your body, but you also need to make sure you’re moving. That doesn’t mean you need to sign up for a marathon, but this spring make it a point to assess how much movement you get in your daily life:
- If you work in an office at a desk are you getting up throughout the day? Sitting for long periods of time is bad news for your body, so aim to get moving regularly. Fitness trackers are a great way to monitor your movement — you might even want to consider buying one as part of your spring health audit.
- Sometimes leaving your desk can be extremely difficult, but you can even do a bit of yoga in the office to keep your muscles happy.
- When was the last time you worked up a good sweat? It’s easy to become sedentary in the winter months, but dust off those hiking boots, running shoes, or your bike once things start to warm up.
Schedule doctor’s appointments and other wellness checkups
Spring is a great time to take care of your annual physical and other doctor’s appointments. Take control of your health even more by writing up lists of questions and concerns to share with your physician. That way you won’t forget them when it’s time for your visit. As an added bonus, taking care of these appointments in the spring means you won’t be rushing to get everything done during December before the calendar year ends.